Korhan Erel is an electronic musician, improviser, composer and sound artist based in Berlin. Erel’s music covers free improvisation, conceptual sound performances as well as structured and composed pieces, music for contemporary dance, theater and video art. Erel performs solo, duo and group performances with improvisers, jazz musicians, dancers, in ensembles and orchestras.
Current projects and bands include The Liz (with Liz Allbee and Liz Kosack), Ephemeral Fragments (with Florian Walter and Emily Wittbrodt), Nervous Entanglement (with Malte Jehmlich), Serene (with Laia Genc), Lettow Erel (with Gunnar Lettow).
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 ten CD releases on FMR (UK), Gruenrekorder (Germany), Creative Sources Records (Portugal), Evil Rabbit Records (Netherlands/Germany), A.K. Müzik (Turkey), Müzik Hayvanı (Turkey) and Kukuruku Recordings (Greece) as well as several digital releases.
Korhan has performed in Soundtrips NRW, Moers Festival, Labor Sonor, Klangzeit Festival, Borusan Music House, XJAZZ, All Ears, New Adits, Akbank Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, TADAEX and at many more venues and festivals across Europe, Middle- East, Southeast Asia and North America.
Korhan’s collaboration with Sydney-based video artist Fabian Astore “The Threshold” has won the Blake Prize in Australia in 2012.
Erel has shown several sound installations in art spaces in Germany, Hong Kong and Turkey.