The Liz at moers festival – full concert video

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Photo by Niclas Weber of SPOTBEHIND at moers festival

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

Istanbul Composer Orchestra’s Berlin concert is on May 7 at Emmauskirche on Lausitzerplatz in Kreuzberg at 18:00.

Korhan Erel

Laia Genc ICO bannerKorhan 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 program includes a lot of Turkish and Turkish-German acts this year due to their expansion into Turkey this year. There will be concerts in Istanbul, Ankara and Berlin.

The orchestra was founded by Laia Genc during her residency in Istanbul in 2014. It includes original compositions as well as reinterpretation of Kurdish, Turkish and Armenian folk tunes, depending on the line up of singers.

The April 13 Istanbul concert will be at Zorlu Performance Center with the following musicians:

Ceren Oykut: Video
Başak Yavuz: Vocals
Mehmet Akbaş: Vocals
Christian Thome: Drums, Percussion
Baran Say: Double Bass / Electric
Dave Allen: Guitar
Korhan Erel: Computer, Electronics
Laia Genc: Piano
Bassem Hawar: Djoze
Taner Akyol: Baglama…

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The Liz “Book of Birds” Premiere

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The Liz: Liz Allbee, Liz Erel, Liz Kosack

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 a power trio of performance, literature, visuals and stage design.

In her new production, “Book of Birds”, The Liz tells the story of transformations and multiples: a maiden Sphinx, Anubis the dog of death, and Oedipus, as narrated by Kathy Acker.

Drawing from traditional Greek myth, as well as Cocteau’s ‘Infernal Machine’ and Acker’s ‘Blood and Guts in High School’, The Liz translates the riddles of the Sphinx into an engine for the musical re-production of resistance, and of subliminal and mythic resonance.

“Book of Birds” is kindly supported by Initiative Neue Musik Berlin and will premiere at Quiet Cue on April 30, and will take stage at moers festival on May 15.

Liz Allbee – Oedipus / Kathy Acker amplified trumpet, voice, text, video
Liz Kosack – Anubis / synthesizer, voice, masks, puppets, light design
Korhan Liz Erel – Sphinx / computer, electronics, sound design, voice, light design

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David Rothenberg & Korhan Erel: Berlin Bülbül

A nice review of my album with David Rothenberg, “Berlin Bülbül” by Tyran Grillo

between sound and space: ECM Records and Beyond

Berlin Bülbül

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 improvised music. He excels at expanding his own terms to suit an ever-changing roster of natural musicians. The German field recording label Gruenrekorder is the host for this rather different collaboration, which combines Rothenberg’s clarinets with Turkish sound artist Korhan Erel on computer and iPad, along with nightingales fed live from the parks of Berlin. Anyone who has followed Rothenberg’s career will know of his mythical explorations of bird song in the book Why Birds Sing and its accompanying CD. More recently he has done the same with whales and insects, but the birds have been a regular point of return.

The liner notes of Berlin Bülbül (the second word being Turkish for “nightingale”) riff off these birds’ distinct ways 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 concerts in Hasenheide on April 23 and in Viktoriapark on April 29.

Rothenberg and Erel have recorded this music on the 2015 release from Gruenrekorder/Terra Nova, Berlin Bülbül, and have performed this music together in Berlin and in Istanbul.

http://www.gruenrekorder.de/?page_id=13746

Hasenheide, April 23

We will gather at 1130pm at the main entrance to the park at Hasenheide 81, then head into the park to find the most engaged, singing bird to perform a one-hour trio performance with.

David Rothenberg, clarinets
Korhan Erel, iPad, Samplr

Viktoriapark, April 29

We will gather at 1130pm on the night of April 29th at the main entrance to Viktoriapark at Kreuzbergstrasse 10, then head into the park to find the most engaged, singing bird to perform a one-hour trio performance with. This time, they will be joined by a larger selection of fantastic musicians:

David Rothenberg, clarinet
Korhan Erel, iPad, Samplr
Cymin Samawatie, vocals
Ralf Schwarz, bass
Frédéric L’Épée, guitar
Lembe Lokk, vocals
plus special secret guests…

Donations will be accepted.

Cymin Samawatie & Ralf Schwarz – http://www.cyminology.de
Frédéric L’Épée – http://fredericlepee.eu/
Lembe Lokk – www.lembe.net

 

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Cyminology in Munich

Korhan Erel will be playing his first-ever concert with the amazing Cyminology as one of the guest musicians on April 20 in Allerheiligen-Hofkirche in Munich. The other guest musician is Martin Stegner, violist extraordinaire, who has been playing and recording with Cyminology for a long time.

The concert is almost sold out, so if you are in Munich and want to see this great band, click on this link for tickets.

The ECM band Cyminology combines Persian poetry and chamber-esque contemporary music: East and West, old and new in beautiful synthesis. The subtle yet dynamic, softly-pulsating music takes its cue from the sound of the Persian language presenting poets such as Rumi, Hafis and Khayyam.

Cymin Samawatie’s compositions combine elements from different kinds of music, including chamber jazz, open improvisation, modern composition, impressionism and minimalism.

Cyminology creates a space, in which post-migrant European culture is expressed in music and poetry. It is an adventurous experience to listen and to watch the sensitive interaction within the Berlin based quartet (founded 2002).

Cymin Samawatie, vocals, composition
Benedikt Jahnel, piano, composition
Ralf Schwarz, double bass
Tobias Backhaus, drums

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Martin Stegner, viola
Korhan Erel, electronics, sound processing

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Frank Gratkowski, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Emilio Gordoa, Korhan Erel

This concert’s going to be special. Korhan will be meeting three amazing players at Berlin’s secretive, cosy space Miss Hecker on April 17. Korhan has played several concerts with Emilio Gordoa in Berlin and with Frank Gratkowski in Istanbul and Berlin. It will be Korhan’s first time playing with Kazuhisa Uchihashi – one of his favorite guitar players and improvisers.

The concert’s on a Sunday and will therefore start at 20.30 and end at 22.00. Please do come on time and spend a lovely Sunday evening there. The after-concert hang out at Miss Hecker is priceless!

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Two concerts with Istanbul Composers Orchestra

Laia Genc ICO bannerKorhan 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 program includes a lot of Turkish and Turkish-German acts this year due to their expansion into Turkey this year. There will be concerts in Istanbul, Ankara and Berlin.

The orchestra was founded by Laia Genc during her residency in Istanbul in 2014. It includes original compositions as well as reinterpretation of Kurdish, Turkish and Armenian folk tunes, depending on the line up of singers.

The April 13 Istanbul concert will be at Zorlu Performance Center with the following musicians:

Ceren Oykut: Video
Başak Yavuz: Vocals
Mehmet Akbaş: Vocals
Christian Thome: Drums, Percussion
Baran Say: Double Bass / Electric
Dave Allen: Guitar
Korhan Erel: Computer, Electronics
Laia Genc: Piano
Bassem Hawar: Djoze
Taner Akyol: Baglama, Vocals
Oscar Antoli: Clarinet, Bassclarinet
Özlem Kaya: Violin
Karen Lorenz: Viola
Uygur Vural: Cello
Markus Braun: Tonmeister

The May 7 Berlin concert will be at Emmauskirche with the following musicians:

Ceren Oykut: Video
Başak Yavuz: Vocals
Mehmet Akbaş: Vocals
Christian Thome: Drums, Percussion
Philip Bardenberg: Bass
Dave Allen: Guitar
Korhan Erel: Computer, Electronics
Laia Genc: Piano
Taner Akyol: Baglama, Vocals
Oscar Antoli: Clarinet, Bassclarinet
Saara Walraf: Violin
Radek Stawarz: Viola
Uygur Vural: Cello
Martin Ruch: Tonmeister
as guest Bodek Janke: drums, percussion

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Lotte Anker, Michael Vorfeld, Adam Pultz Melbye, Korhan Erel

169-1Korhan Erel will be improvising with an amazing line up of musicians on April 7 at Quiet Cue. Lotte Anker, who will be visiting Berlin that week, will be joined by Michael Vorfeld on percussion and Adam Pultz Melbye on double-bass. Concert starts at 20.30.

Lotte Anker: saxophones
http://www.lotteanker.com

Michael Vorfeld: percussion
http://www.vorfeld.org

Adam Pultz Melbye: double-bass
http://www.adampultz.com

Korhan Erel: computer, controllers

Quiet Cue
Flughafenstraße 38, Neukölln, Berlin
http://www.quietcue.com

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Franziska Baumann, Christoph Baumann, Meinrad Kneer, Korhan Erel

Korhan Erel met Franziska Baumann during the Neighbours Festival in Bern, Switzerland, in June 2014. As musicians who use technology creatively to perform avant-garde improvised music, they hooked up quickly and discussed possibilities of playing together. Franziska brought Christoph Baumann (piano) with her to Berlin in November 2014 and Korhan asked Meinrad Kneer (double bass) to complete the quartet. They played one concert as a quartet and one as a trio (less Christoph) in Berlin, and continued after that to explore new collaboration opportunities. After 1,5 years, they meet again in Berlin for one concert at Miss Hecker on March 20, to be followed by two concerts in Zürich and Bern in Switzerland on April 1 and 2.

Franziska Baumann, voice and sensor-glove
Christoph Baumann, piano
Meinrad Kneer, double bass
Korhan Erel, computer and controllers

March 20, Miss Hecker, Berlin (please send email for address), 20:00
April 1, Werkstatt für improvisierte Musik Zürich, 20:00
April 2, Werkstatt für improvisierte Musik Bern, Atelierkonzert, Lochgutweg 11,
Spiegel b. Bern, 20:00

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