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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.

“Deconstruction of a Poem” with Lerna Babikyan

Lerna Babikyan is a dancer, actress and teacher who has recently relocated to Berlin from Istanbul. Korhan and Lerna have known each other for a long time, and have collaborated several times, the first time being as early as 2008, … Continue reading

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UnStumm in Hong Kong and Singapore

UnStumm is Korhan Erel’s intercultural collaborative audiovisual project he developed with Nicola Hein. The project was premiered with the support of Akademie der Künste der Welt in 2015 in Cologne between artists from Germany and Turkey. Nicola and Korhan are … Continue reading

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Concerts in September

Korhan Erel will play many concerts in several German cities in September. The first twoconcerts will be in the Platzhirsch Festival in Duisburg on September 3 and 4 with the core trio Empire of Thorsten Töpp, Liz Allbee and Korhan … Continue reading

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Concerts in Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Krailling

Korhan Erel is going to be playing some very exciting festivals and concerts in many cities across Germany in July. First one is the Humanoise Congress #28 in Wiesbaden on July 1-3, where Korhan is going to camp out with … Continue reading

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a garden

welcome to our garden of polyrhythmic and cyclical temporality with Jagna Anderson and Korhan Erel Continue reading

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The Liz at moers festival – full concert video

The Liz’s “Book of Birds” concert at moers festival was fantastically broadcast and videotaped by ARTE. The video lived on ARTE’s website for six months and has expired mid-November. Now it is available on YouTube. Enjoy!

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Two concerts with Istanbul Composers Orchestra

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Korhan Erel will be playing two concerts with Laia Genc’s Istanbul Composers Orchestra in Istanbul on April 13 and in Berlin on May 7, both concerts in the program of the XJAZZ Festival. The festival’s…

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The Liz “Book of Birds” Premiere

The Liz was born out of a first-time meeting of Liz Allbee, Liz Kosack and Korhan “Liz” Erel in the Kim Fest on December 3, 2014. What started out as an improvising trio of amplified trumpet, synthesizer and computer turned into … Continue reading

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David Rothenberg & Korhan Erel: Berlin Bülbül

Originally posted on between sound and space: ECM Records and Beyond:
David Rothenberg, familiar to ECM listeners through his fascinating duo album with Marilyn Crispell, has constructed one of the most idiosyncratic vessels in which to sail the waters of…

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Berlin Bülbül in its third year in Berlin

David Rothenberg and Korhan Erel have been playing live with nightingales in Berlin since 2014. In their third year in the city, which is one of the most important locations for nightingale research in Europe, they will do two outdoor … Continue reading

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