Korhan Erel is a electronic musician, improviser, sound designer based in Berlin. They play electronic instruments using various controllers, and compose, perform music and design sounds for dance, theater, installations and film. Among their projects is the trio The Liz, with whom Korhan played in several festivals and venues in Germany, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. They play in the new music ensemble Trickster Orchestra and jazz ensemble Istanbul Composers Orchestra. They have been playing since 2011 in duo with prepared bass player Gunnar Lettow.
Korhan is a founding member of Islak Köpek (2005 – 2017), Turkey’s pioneer free improvisation group, which is regarded as the band that started the free improvisation scene in Turkey.
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 performs regularly as a solo artist as well as with their projects. They 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 the world.
Korhan’s collaboration with Sydney-based video artist Fabian Astore “The Threshold” has won the Blake Prize in Australia in 2012.