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 Ephemeral Fragments (with Florian Walter and Emily Wittbrodt), Böseblick (with Alessandra Eramo, Ariel Orah and Kirsten Reese), Pep Talk (with Ayşe Cansu Tanrıkulu), Only With You (with Eliad Wagner), Lettow Erel (with Gunnar Lettow) and Nervous Entanglement (with Malte Jehmlich), with the latter being on hiatus.
Korhan has had three residencies at STEIM (Center for research & development of instruments & tools for performers) in Amsterdam (2005 & 2011), and was a guest composer at the Electronic Music Studios in Stockholm in January 2011.
Korhan has twelve CD and LP releases on ECM (with Trickster Orchestra), Umland Records (Germany), 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 at Soundtrips NRW, Moers Festival, Labor Sonor, Klangzeit Festival, Borusan Music House, XJAZZ, All Ears, New Adits, Akbank Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, TADAEX, CHIII Festival and at many more venues and festivals across Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Americas.
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.