Author Archives: Korhan Erel

About Korhan Erel

Korhan Erel is a computer musician, improviser, sound designer based in Berlin. He plays instruments he designs on a computer by employing various controllers. He also uses analog and digital electronics. He is a founding member of Islak Köpek, Turkey’s pioneer free improvisation group, which is regarded as the band that started the free improvisation scene in Turkey. He composes and designs sounds for dance, theater, installations and film. He collaborates with dancers, video artists and spoken word artists. Korhan’s collaboration with Sydney-based video artist Fabian Astore “The Threshold” has won the Blake Prize in Australia in 2012. Korhan’s computer performance system is called Omnibus. The instruments within Omnibus are a culmination of Korhan’s musical past and aesthetic choices. Omnibus instruments use concrete sounds (samples, field recordings), morphed and processed in realtime. They can be as simple as one single sample being played using a Nintendo Wii controller to a complex system that employs granular synthesis and spectral processing. The instruments are played interactively using Nintendo Wii controllers (Korhan’s choice of controller when he plays in ensembles with acoustic/electric instrument players), an iPad (used in solo/duo performances as well as ensemble concerts) and several midi controllers. No matter what technology he uses, Korhan always stays focused on the outcome and musicality rather than processes. Korhan is the co-curator (with Nicola Hein) of UnStumm, a project that brings video artists and musicians from Germany and one other country for audiovisual improvised collaboration. Korhan has had three residencies at STEIM (Center for research & development of instruments & tools for performers) in Amsterdam, where he studied use of sensors in music performance and instrument design. He was a guest composer at the Electronic Music Studios in Stockholm in January 2011. Korhan has seven CD releases on Gruenrekorder (Germany), Creative Sources Records (Portugal), Evil Rabbit Records (Netherlands/Germany), A.K. Müzik (Turkey) and Kukuruku Recordings (Greece) as well as several netlabel releases. He performs regularly in Europe and in the Middle East as a solo artist as well as with his projects in Germany and Holland.

Two new albums, concerts in Munich

In July 2016, Korhan was invited by reeds player Udo Schindler to play in his Arch Musica series in Munich. The first concert was with the trio with trombonist Sebi Tramontana, while the second one was a duo with Udo … Continue reading

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Two Duos: Lotz/Erel and Babikyan/Erel

On February 1st, Korhan’s long-time duo with flutist Mark Alban Lotz will resurface at Berlin’s WATT Bar in Prenzlauerberg. The two musicians have met in 2010 and have played in duo as well as playing and recording with Korhan’s Istanbul … Continue reading

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Sound performance at Zilberman Gallery

On the occasion of Memed Erdener’s exhibition BEAUTY OF BIGOTRY and his residency at Zilberman Gallery–Berlin, Korhan will be playing a sound performance at the closing event, where there will also be a exhibition tour and a conversation between curator … Continue reading

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Concerts in December

Korhan Erel will have relatively less concerts in December compared to November, but will nevertheless play some really exciting ones. The first two concerts in December are with guitarist Eric Wong. Eric and Korhan had played several times in 2016 … Continue reading

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Concerts in November

Korhan is going to play concerts in November that feature a diverse spectrum of genres. In the first concert of the month, Korhan is going to play in an improvising orchestra conducted by pianist/drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey in the JazzFest Berlin … Continue reading

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Summer activities, concerts in the Fall

It was a relatively calm summer for Korhan in terms of performances, where most time was spent on rehearsing/playing sessions with new collaboration partners as well as researching and experimenting to develop the new laptop-less performance and composition setup. In … Continue reading

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Concerts in Berlin in May

Korhan Erel will present some of his recent collaborations with Berlin-based improvisers in Spektrum and Officina Neukölln in May, as well as performing in a re-run of the Hide&Seek shows in the Jewish Museum. On May 30, he’ll be part of … Continue reading

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Empire plays in Amsterdam, Moers and Duisburg

    Empire is an improvisation trio that came into existence when guitarist Thorsten Töpp invited trumpet player Liz Allbee and electronics player Korhan Erel to play two concerts with him in the Platzhirsch Festival in Duisburg in 2016. The … Continue reading

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Female Voice of Iran, schimmernd in March

Korhan Erel will play some very exciting concerts in Berlin and various towns in Switzerland in two projects. The first series of concerts will be in the framework of “Female Voice of Iran” festival which is organized by Zeitgenössische Oper … Continue reading

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Concerts in February

After an amazingly successful and satisfying, and last-ever concert at Miss Hecker with fantastic musicians and a 50-strong audience, Korhan Erel continues their concert series in February with the following performances in Berlin, Hannover, Istanbul and Ankara: February 9 / … Continue reading

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