THE ASOCIAL TELEPATHIC ENSEMBLE
20 June 2022, 18:30
Errant Sound Berlin
The Asocial Telepathic Ensemble
Artist talks by
With special guests
Florencia Curci & Agustín Genoud
The Asocial Telepathic Ensemble is:
Alessandra Eramo: voice, electronics, Ambra Pittoni: field recordings, Brandon LaBelle: field recordings, Florence Cats: field recordings, electronics, Ines Lechleitner: field recordings, Israel Martinez: field recordings, voice, James Webb: field recordings, Korhan Erel: field recordings, melodica, Lucia Udvardyova: field recordings, electronics, Ricarda Denzer: field recordings, voice, Thea Farhadian: field recordings, violin, electronics
The Asocial Telepathic Ensemble was initiated and curated by sound artist, composer, vocalist Alessandra Eramo and artist, writer and theorist Brandon LaBelle during the Covid-19 Lockdown in March 2021. It is an international collaborative work of sound culture that brings together eleven composers, sound artists, curators, writers, and performers who simultaneously switched on their recording devices on 21 March 2021 for 15 minutes in a globe spanning telepathic recording session, documenting their thoughts, habits or audio surroundings, in an attempt to connect with each other. — No editing was done.
The result is documenting a historic moment in the 21st century, offering a very intimate glimpse into the reality of self isolation which has been experienced globally. Each recording is a strong poetic approach to daily routine and deals with communicating with artificial voices, loneliness, yearning for travelling or being bored. But these artistic statements are also talking about hope, transforming tragedy into irony, accepting bodily and mental fragility during the pandemic and beyond.
The double cassette box is out on Corvo Records in July and can be preordered here: corvorecords.bandcamp.com
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Concerts in June in Berlin and Istanbul
I have two concerts in June, both with composer and electronics performer Eda Er. Eda and I have started collaborating in 2021 with support from Goethe Institut’s Virtual Partnership Residency program. Together we created the audiovisual work “Obwegeser Instruments” inspired by musician, composer and poet Şevket Akıncı‘s poetry.
Our first concert will be on June 9 at purespace.ist in Istanbul. This will actually be our first-ever concert. We will both play electronics.
The next concert with Eda will be on June 25 with the improvising quartet “To Er is Human” at Berlin School of Sound. The two other musicians are Alessandra Eramo, who is my bandmate in Böseblick, and Jeremy Woodruff, the founder of Berlin School of Sound. This will be my first-ever concert with Jeremy.
Eda Er, electronics
Alessandra Eramo, voice, electronics
Korhan Erel, synth
Jeremy Woodruff, bari sax, flutes, electronic wind instrument.
Nightingala – Reading, panel, film, concert stroll at HKW
After two years of pandemic-related cancellations, the Nightingala is finally happening on May 5th at HKW! The “Nightingales in Berlin” project, initiated by musician, philosopher, writer David Rothenberg in 2014 with me tagging along, yielded several albums (including our duo Berlin Bülbül), a film and a book. This event is a book launch for the German translation of David’s book “Nightingales in Berlin”.
The evening will end with an improvised open-air concert with nightingales in Tiergarten!
The event is hosted by Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, and will feature readings, performances and a panel with and by Hanna Mattes, David Rothenberg, Tina Roeske, Cymin Samawatie, Ville Tanttu and myself. For more information and tickets, please visit this link:
Concerts in April in Berlin and Munich
I will play three improvised concerts in April, all of them being post-pandemic reunions.
The first one is on April 20th with Marina Dzukljev (piano) and Michael Thieke (clarinet) at Marina’s 5-day residency at Au Topsi Pohl. Marina and I met and played for the first time at Hagenfesten in Sweden in 2018, and played two more shows in 2019 in Berlin, before the pandemic stopped everything. Michael Thieke is a staple of the Berlin scene and is one of the co-founders of my favorite bands: The International Nothing. With him I had played a couple of concerts many years ago. I am very much looking forward to playing with these two amazing musicians.
The second and third concerts will be with multi-instrumentalist/architect Udo Schindler in Munich. Udo and I met in 2016 when he invited me to play with him. Our two concerts (one in duo, the other one with trombone player Sebi Tramontana) were released as albums (see releases for more info). The album launch concerts for these two albums took place in 2018 in Munich. As a post-pandemic reunion, Udo and I will play in duo on April 22nd at MUCCA and in trio with flutist Karina Erhard at Galerie Schnitzler& on April 23rd.
“Soundtracking” video by Lange//Berweck//Lorenz
My piece “Soundtracking” is a composition that serves as an imaginary soundtrack for a horror/sci-fi film that could have been made in the 1980s. The piece was commissioned by the synthesizer trio Lange//Berweck//Lorenz in 2021 for their concert series “Very Refreshing Catalyst”, where they aim to revive the tradition of live synthesizer in new music.
Lange//Berweck//Lorenz premiered the piece at the Musik 21 Festival in Hannover on September 10, 2021 and performed it in Berlin on November 22nd, 2021 at Theater im Delphi, In her review of the Musik 21 Festival in the December 2021 issue of Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, music journalist Juana Zimmermann described Soundtracking as the “highlight of the festival.”
Lange//Berweck//Lorenz have also released a performance video of the piece that they shot in September 2021, which you can watch below.
Debut album “mit gefühl” by Ephemeral Fragments
The trio Ephemeral Fragments was born in 2019 before the pandemic, after Florian Walter (tubax), Emily Wittbrodt (cello) and Korhan Erel (electronics) played their first concert together in Essen in April 2019. Soon after this concert, they took the name Ephemeral Fragments and met in Essen in July 2019 for a one-day recording session. The musicians hail from three different cities: Florian from Essen, Emily from Cologne and Korhan from Berlin. This did not stop them from meeting as much as they could during the pandemic. They rehearsed, played a few concerts and recorded their debut album “mit gefühl” all during 2020-2021. The album is a vinyl and digital release on Umland Records.
Böseblick Concert Videos
Böseblick is a new Berlin-based ensemble for electronic music that started playing together in 2021. In March, they played their first official concert on March 10, 2022 under the Böseblick name at Berlin’s KM28 with the kind support from Initiative Neue Musik Berlin. This YouTube playlist consists of three excerpts from that concert.
More info on the ensemble here or under the YouTube videos. If you’d like to just listen to the music without video, then please follow this link to the Böseblick Ensemble Bandcamp page.
Solo Concert Video
I was invited by Temporary Autonomous Tele Vision (T.A.T.V) in March to play a solo in their three-day live-streamed festival. This is the video recording of this concert. I played a Hydrasynth / Sensel Morph Buchla combo, the Samplr on an iPad and a self-made instrument on an Organelle / QuNeo combo.
The Liz performs “No Comet” at Kontraklang
The Liz will perform their new production No Comet on April 2, 2022 at Kontraklang concert series at Villa Elisabeth in Berlin.
The Liz have premiered “No Comet” in October 2021 at Sowieso Berlin with the support of Musikfonds, transforming themselves into sentient dinosaurs and the venue into a dinosaur music cafe. The accompanying film was shown on two window-fronts throughout the weekend. At Kontraklang, The Liz will play a soundtrack to the “No Comet” film.
In their latest production No Comet, The Liz creates a piece of non-humanist speculative fiction, positing a world where the dinosaurs did not become extinct and are, in fact, highly sentient beings. As a species, humans tend to take for granted our place in the world, forgetting that evolution — and life itself — is predicated upon chance and contingency. In No Comet, The Liz considers these chance events and imagines other possible pasts, presents and futures, in order to hopefully acquire a larger lens through which to view ideas of sapience and societies.
Liz Korhan Erel
Stage Design: Nathalie Snel
Costume Design: Lisa Simpson
Film: Tuçe Erel
“For Peace. Against War. Who is not?”
For Peace. Against War. Who is not?*
A Compilation for the people of Ukraine
This compilation of almost 200 tracks was made possible by invitation and open call by Component Records and Kai Niggemann. Please consider buying a copy to support the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. One of my recent pieces Kin(d) is also included, alongside names like Wolfgang Flür (Kraftwerk), Robin Rimbaud/Scanner, Jack Dangers (Meat Beat Manifesto) and many more.
Please click on the image above or follow this link to support the cause:
All proceeds from the sale of this compilation will be split evenly between the charities Vostok SOS and the Ukrainian Red Cross.”
vostok-sos.org/en/about/mission/ -Vostok SOS
redcross.org.ua -Ukrainian Red Cross
* “For Peace. Against War. Who is not?” is a quote by Susan Sontag, an American writer, filmmaker, philosopher, teacher, and political activist