Concerts in Berlin and Bielefeld in February

February is usually a quiet month for me, but not this time. I have three concerts in Berlin and one in Bielefeld.

On February 12th, I will be improvising with saxophonist Max Stehle and pianist Roman Stolyar at Artist Homes in Berlin.

On February 15th, I will be a part of another Sun Ra concert after those I played with my fellow Klub Dembohnians in January. This time, I will be joining Tyson Nelson piano, keyboards), Tassos Savvopoulos (guitar), Fyodor Stepanov (double bass), Samuel Hall (drums) at Sowieso, Berlin.

On February 17th, I will be playing our usual absurd, performative impro extravaganza with Klub Demboh at Petersburg Art Space, Berlin

Finally, on February 28th, I will be playing a solo electronic set as well ad a duo with Joel Köhn at the “elektronische Nacht” at Bunker Ulmenwall, Bielefeld

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Activities in January and February

2020 seems to be a much calmer year with less travelling and not that many concerts, but that does not mean it will be less exciting. The best news was that our project ‘Scarecrow’ with my wife Tuçe Erel was funded by the Intercultural Fund of the Berlin Senate. We will present it in Berlin in September 2020. More news on this soon.

I started the year with a lovely concert of our duo Serene with pianist, composer and singer Laia Genc at the amazing Stadtgarten in Cologne. I followed that with a one-week rehearsal period with another pianist, Ingrid Schmoliner, in Vienna. We are working on a new project that will involve strange beats, sounds and Ingrid’s mind-boggling prepared piano playing. That week in Vienna ended with a beautiful, fun improvised concert with Ingrid, Maja Osojnik (voice, electronics) and Martin Brandlmayr at Echoraum. Right after the adventures in Cologne and Vienna, I played two nights of Sun Ra’s music with Simon Sieger and Klub Demboh at Au Topsi Pohl in Berlin.

I will start a four-day workshop on “how to sing a city” with youngsters in Cologne’s Porz area on January 20th. We will wander around the neighborhood, find locations with interesting memories and sounds, record them, try to convert some of these recordings into graphical notation and then sing them. This is similar to the contribution I made to Maxime Hourani’s work “Book of Songs and Places” at the Istanbul Biennial in 2013.

On January 26th, I will be performing with a small selection of musicians from Trickster Orchestra and members of Chor zur Welt in Wilhelmsburg. This will be a warm-up towards our bigger concert at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in May.

Last concert in January will be with the ridiculously absurd Klub Demboh at Petersburg Art Space on January 27th.

On February 12th, I will be improvising with Max Stehle (sax) and Roman Stolyar (piano) at Artist Homes in Berlin. February 17th will be spent with Klub Demboh at Petersburg Art Space.

On February 17th, I’ll be playing some absurd impro with Berlin’s most exciting impro outfit Klub Demboh.

On February 28th, I will be playing solo electronic music as well as an improvised beat-based duo with Joel Köhn at Bunker Ulmenwall in Bielefeld.

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Five-night Residency at Au Topsi Pohl

Korhan Erel will have a five-night residency at Berlin’s wonderful experimental music/jazz venue Au Topsi Pohl on November 19-23. Korhan will play with some of the best and most innovative musicians and performers from Berlin, Ramallah and Munich in duos, trios and larger groups. The program of these five nights are:

Tuesday, November 19
Anıl Eraslan, Cello
Korhan Erel, Electronics
Joel Grip, Double Bass
Marie Takahashi, Viola
Isak Hedtjärn, Clarinet

Wednesday, November 20
The Liz :
Liz Allbee, Trumpet; Liz Kosack, Synth; Korhan Erel, Electronics
Marie Takahashi, Viola
Cansu Tanrıkulu, Voice
Eliad Wagner, Modular Synth

Thursday, November 21
Axel Dörner, Trumpet
Korhan Erel, Electronics
Dirar Kalash, Piano
Meinrad Kneer, Double Bass
Julia Wahren, Text, Voice

Friday, November 22
Michel Doneda, Soprano Saxophone
Korhan Erel, Electronics
Meinrad Kneer, Double Bass
Uygur Vural, Cello

Saturday, November 23
Mia Dyberg, Saxophone
Korhan Erel, Electronics
Rudi Fischerlehner, Drums
Anaïs Tuerlinckx, Piano
Ute Wassermann, Voice

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November in Brussels, Cologne and Berlin

Korhan Erel will be playing a solo concert in the S M O G series in Brussels on November 8. They will present re-interpretations of their older pieces from Con-Structures and Spam Me Senseless albums as well as some new material. The evening will also feature a concert by SCARÀBJ. Please follow this link on the SMOG Website for more details.

Laia Genc and Korhan Erel

On November 17th, Korhan will unite in Cologne with pianist, composer and singer Laia Genc to resume their duo Serene. Serene plays an intimate repertoire of jazz standards, Laia’s compositions and improvisations. The duo will play at the Festival in den Häuser der Stadt. The festival program is available as a pdf file here. The duo will play in Cologne again at Winterjazz at Stadtgarten on January 4th, 2020.

Korhan Erel will have their residency at Au Topsi Pohl, Berlin’s new venue for exciting music on November 19-23. The evenings will feature electronic and electro-acoustic performances of sound, visuals and text. The current list of confirmed performers in alphabetical order are below. The full program will be announced as soon as it is finalized.

The Liz (Liz Allbee, Liz Kosack, Korhan Liz Erel), Antonio Borghini (double bass), Axel Dörner (trumpet), Mia Dyberg (alto sax), Anıl Eraslan (cello), Rudi Fischerlehner (drums), Joel Grip (double bass), Dirar Kalash (piano), Meinrad Kneer (double bass), Elisabetta Lanfredini (voice), Kris Limbach (sounds and visuals), Marie Takahashi (viola), Cansu Tanrıkulu (voice), Eliad Wagner (modular synth), Julia Wahren (text, voice), Ute Wassermann (voice, whistles, objects)

The last concert of the month takes Korhan to Acud Macht Neu, where they will play a solo concert in the Odd Wednesday, a new concert series curated by Mélodie Melak, who was recently appointed as the music curator of the venue. Eric Wong and Clayton Thomas will also be playing solo sets in the evening.

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Klub Demboh goes North in October

The Berlin-based group Klub Demboh has since spring 2017, on a weekly basis, developed an open and multiform music in which the unexpected often has drastic consequences. Improvisation on the verge of total collapse. Klub Demboh is a revitaliser of the Berlin experimental music scene in its openness, tense precision and dynamic crater of timbres and organised sounds, text and movements.

Now, the Dembohnians are going on a three-concert tour in Norway and Sweden on October 18th – 20th. The dates and venues are:

18th: Kafé Haerverk, Oslo, Norway
19th: Arts Museum, Norrköping, Sweden
20th: The Assembly Home, Gagnef, Sweden

The lineup is:

Pierre Borel – alto saxophone
Antonio Borghini – double bass
Mia Dyberg – alto saxophone
Anil Eraslan – camera and sound
Korhan Erel – electronics
Joel Grip – double bass
Tristan Honsinger – cello
Carina Khorkhordina – trumpet
Frauke Nowak – performance
Marie Takahashi – viola

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How to get rid of a body. A magic manual

Korhan Erel teams up with Léonard Engel and Maja Zimmermann to produce Engel’s second solo work ‘How to get rid of a body. A magic manual’. After a six-week rehearsal period, which started with a residency at PACT Zollverein in Essen in April, the piece will be premiered at Hoch X in Munich on September 20, 21, and 22, 2019.

A magic show? A hunting party? A punk concert? In his new solo How to get rid of a body. A magic manual, choreographer and performer Léonard Engel blurs the lines between practices and genres and plays with our fascination for illusion by going beyond the visual deception, allowing the body and its limitations to become the main subject of observation. Through the permanent attempt to disappear in its own environment, a new body emerges, morphing between different personalities while experiencing the paradox of its un-dissipating presence.

Choreography & Performance: Léonard Engel
Composition & Live Electronics: Korhan Erel
Dramaturgy: Maja Zimmermann
Outside Eye: Tamara Saphir
Costume & Set Design: Theresa Scheitzenhammer
Light Design: Charlotte Marr
Technical Consultant & Lights: Wolfgang Eibert
Production Management: Miria Wurm, Veronika Heinrich
Press Work: Miria Wurm/ Tanzbüro München
Public Relations: Veronika Heinrich/ Tanzbüro München

This project is a production by Léonard Engel in co-production with PACT Zollverein and HochX Theater und Live Art, supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media of Germany, made possible with the support of the Bayerischer Landesverband für zeitgenössischen Tanz (BLZT) financed by funds from the Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst. and funded by the Kulturstiftung Stadtsparkasse München. With the friendly support of Tanzfabrik Berlin and Tanzbüro München.

Léonard Engel is an artist of the Tanzbüro München.
Special thanks to Isa Köhler, Christina Binder, Ricardo Pereira & Diana Port.

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A month of rather diverse musical activities

In June, I will be performing in some amazing festivals and venues with very different projects.

First off a concert with Trickster Orchestra at Tonhalle Düsseldorf at the Schönes Wochenende Festival, where I will compose and perform a sound piece on the Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad with Cymin Samawatie and a small ensemble of musicians of the orchestra.

Second performance is a rather special one: Nervous Entanglement, our multidisciplinary performance with Malte Jehmlich. Malte and I met through performing together at Moers Festival in 2018 and decided to continue our collaboration. With the current craze about robotics, artificial intelligence, we start out with the question “are robots helping us or are we helping them?” We will pretend to answer this question using an overly complicated cybernetic system of overhead projectors, transparency foil loopers, servo animatronics and a robotic arm, which interact by analog and digital signals with a sound setup consisting of a modular synthesizer and other sound devices. This take on the trendy topics of robotics, AI and transhumanism uses current and outdated media technologies with references to puppetry, toys, shadowplay.

Our setup creates a human-machine symbiosis, where errors and malfunctions are purely consensual. It can also be viewed as an installation.

We will premiere Nervous Entanglement at Moers Festival at the Altes Landsratamt at midnight on June 9.

On June 20 and 22, I will be performing at the Resonanzraum Festival in Hamburg. On the 20th, I will present a text and sound performance at as a part of the Waldgespräche event. On the 22nd, my sexy alter ego Ayşegül will play an experimental danceable electronic set at the Festival’s closing party

In between my Hamburg days, I will have the pleasure to improvise with Kriton Beyer (daxophone), Philippe Lemoine (tenor saxophone) and Maurizio Ravalico (percussion) at Petersburg Art Space on June 21.

I have no concerts in July and August.

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Activities in May

A busy month awaits Korhan Erel in May. They will be playing three concerts and two performances in Berlin, doing a residency in Essen and rehearsing for a new project in Krefeld.

The first concert will be with the usual Klub Demboh gang on May 6 at Petersburg Art Space.

On May 9, Korhan will play with David Rothenberg (clarinet) and Cymin Samawatie (voice) at the book launch event at Sammlung Hoffmann in Berlin. The concert is free but a registration at or 030 28 49 91 20 is required.

Following a preliminary showing of their new set ‘Dipper’ at Berlin’s Donau115 in December 2018, The Liz will present the final version of it at the XJazz Festival on May 10 at Emmauskirche. The Liz premiered ‘Dipper’ at All Ears Festival in Oslo in January 2019 and performed it also at WIM Festival in Bern in the same month.

From May 13 until 19, Korhan will be working with Julian Weber, Oliver Connew, Olivia McGregor and Stephan B. Quinci on a new dance piece at PACT Zollverein in Essen.

From May 20 until 26, Korhan will rehearse with visual artist Malte Jehmlich in Krefeld for their premiere of the project ‘Nervous Entanglement’ at Moers Festival on June 9. The piece is a blend of drawing, robotics, artificial idiocy, electronic music, modular synthesizers, text and improvised drawing and music.

On May 29 & 30, Korhan will have their first show as a revue/cabaret girl in the Neo-Cabaret piece ‘The Show of Small Things’ with Maria Ferrara (performance, concept, songs), Beatriz Madach (video) at Acker Stadt Palast as a part of the Performing Arts Festival.
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Electro-acoustic Live Techno

Korhan Erel and accordion player Mikail Yakut have been preparing an electro-acoustic techno set for the #disPlaced – #rePlaced 2 Festival to take place in Berlin on April 12-13. The festival, which will take place in Radialsystem with an afterparty at Kater Blau, is curated by İpek İpekçioğlu a.k.a. DJ İpek. Mikail and Korhan will present their project at 20:00 on April 13.

Korhan will also conduct a workshop on recording and sound manipulation using mobile devices on April 13. The workshop is free but registration is required for participation

Check out the whole program here

April 12

April 13

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Hacktivate Yourself in Hong Kong

Korhan Erel will spend two weeks in Hong Kong for the exhibition “Hacktivate Yourself”, where they will show a sound installation titled “we’re all alike” and perform an audiovisual show with visual artist Vvzela Kook on March 30th. The exhibition opens at 1a space on March 23rd with performances by participating artists and will continue until May 19th.

1a space proudly presents Hactivate Yourself, a contemporary art exhibition and public project curated by Tuçe Erel, the 1a space’s Call for Curator/Artist in Residence 2019 recipient. Hactivate Yourself features Istanbul-based contemporary artists AslieMk, Berlin-based Korhan Erel and Göksu Kunak a.k.a. Gucci Chunk, Bochum-based artist Julia Nitschke, and Hong Kong-based artist Vvzela Kook. Hactivate Yourself is the selected project of 1a Space “Call for Curator/Artist in Residence 2019”.

“Hactivate Yourself !” is a project that concept is driven by transhumanism and posthumanism themes. The exhibition will explore artistic positions about hacking culture, biohacking, biopolitics, critique of daily usage of internet through performance, performative installations, videos, sound and site specific installations.

The exhibition will ask these questions: How can we hack our ideas? How can we look outside the box? It is important to understand that hacking in the smaller scale could change a lot in our daily life. How can we hack the system for the sake of better life? The popular culture and so many sponsored videos in the social media are promoting about healthy, quality, and active life. How about hactivating our lives!

The exhibition ‘Hactivate Yourself ’ will bring together AslieMk, Korhan Erel, Göksu Kunak a.k.a. Gucci Chunk, Vvzela Kook and Julia Nitschke during the residency period at 1a space.

Hactivate Yourself

Opening Reception: 23 March 2019, 3pm

15:30 AslieMk – “Post”, durational performance

18:00 Göksu Kunak a.k.a. Gucci Chunk – “Döner Blackout”, lecture performance

19:00 Julia Nitschke – “PEOPLE SUCK BUT IT’S OK BECAUSE CATZ – why it is pretty much obvious to live riot not diet”, lecture performance

Exhibition Period: 23 March 2019 – 19 May 2019

Time: Tuesday to Sundays 11 am – 7 pm (closed on Mondays)

Venue: 1a space

Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road,To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Enquiry: +852 25290087/

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Instagram: 1a_space

Public program
Public program of ‘Hactivate Yourself’ exhibition will have curatorial tour, a discussion session with invited academics from Hong Kong. The public program will finish with free improvisation audio-visual performance of Vvzela Kook and Korhan Erel, who are separately presenting their works in the exhibition.

Online Registration:

1. Curatorial Guided Tour

Mar. 28, 11am to 12pm & 5pm to 6 pm.

Mar. 29, 11am to 12pm & 5pm to 6 pm.

Mar. 30, 4pm to 4.45pm

2. Discussion

Mar. 30, 5pm to 6.30pm

Theme: Discussion on Biopolitics and Art: Hacking the Body

Speakers (in no particular order):

Göksu Kunak (Performance Artist, Researcher)

Julia Nitschke (Performance Artist, Researcher)

Dr. Denise Tse-Shang Tang (Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University)

Dr. Sonia Wong (Founder of Reel Women Hong Kong and Part-time Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong)

3. Audio-visual Performance

Mar. 30, 7pm to 7.30pm

Performance Artists: Vvzela Kook & Korhan Erel

About Call for Curator/Artist in Residence 2019

With the aim of encouraging curatorial research in tandem with exhibition planning, the program provides one deserving curatorial talent or curatorial team/ artist or artist group a platform and necessary resources to realize an innovative and experimental project to fill the gap between larger public institutions and commercial ventures. The aim of this curatorial residency program is to promote arts in Hong Kong with international collaborations and to enhance international curatorial research in Hong Kong.

Curator and Participating Artists


Tuçe Erel

Tuçe Erel (1981, Ankara) is a curator, art writer and art professional, based in Berlin. She studied Sociology at METU(2005, Ankara), and Arts Theory and Critic (MA program) at Anatolian University (2009, Eskişehir). She did her second MA in Art Arts Policy and Management (with curating pathway) at Birkbeck College (2015, London).

She worked for an art magazine as content editor, event manager and archivist, and gallery assistant in Istanbul from 2011 through 2013. Since September 2013, she has been working as a freelance art professional. She worked for artist’s book project, supported artists’ public relations, and contributed to art magazines in Turkey. Since 2015, she has been organizing events, performances, and exhibitions. In 2017 February she co-curated “Now You are Here” with Seval Sener at Arte Sanat (Ankara)and curated “Fabric/ate” at Schneidertempel (Istanbul).

She was at the curatorial team of Quiet Cue and since January 2017, she is a member of > top e.V. Her curatorial interests are archiving practices, urban studies, ecology, Anthropocene, post-humanism and post-digital theories. Currently she is hosting Posthumanism Reading Group at Top once a month and hosting various exhibitions and events at the space.

Participating Artists (in no particular order)

AslieMk (performance duo – Aslı Dinç & MK Yurttaş)

AslieMk is the performance duo project of Aslı Dinç and Mustafa Kemal Yurttaş, based in Istanbul, Turkey.

They explore the nature of being duo around the keywords like posthuman, psychogeography, cosmic, ghostly-becoming and schizo-creative. Their performances include experiences in-between performative intervention and performative sculpture using new media, video, photography, audio installations. Since 2012, AslieMk continued their performances in public spaces, abandoned buildings, art festivals, and non-profit organizations. Since 2016, AslieMk is represented by international performance art platform Performistanbul.

Korhan Erel

Korhan Erel is a electronic musician, improviser, sound designer based in Berlin. They play instruments they design on a computer by employing various controllers. They also use analog and digital electronics. Korhan composes and designs sounds for dance, theater, installations and film. Korhan’s collaboration with Sydney-based video artist Fabian Astore “The Threshold” has won the Blake Prize in Australia in 2012. They are a founding member of Islak Köpek, Turkey’s pioneer free improvisation group, which is regarded as the band that started the free improvisation scene in Turkey.

Korhan’s computer performance system is called Omnibus. The instruments within Omnibus are a culmination of Korhan’s musical past and aesthetic choices. Omnibus instruments use concrete sounds (samples, field recordings), morphed and processed in realtime. The instruments are played interactively using controllers and an iPad, used both as a controller and an instrument. No matter what technology they use, Korhan always stays focused on the outcome and musicality rather than processes.

They perform regularly in Europe and in the Middle East as a solo artist as well as with their projects in Germany, Turkey and Switzerland. They performed in Soundtrips NRW, Moers Festival, Labor Sonor, Klangzeit Festival, Borusan Music House Istanbul and many more fantastic venues and festivals.

Vvzela Kook

(B. 1990, Lives and works in Hong Kong)

Vvzela Kook is a new media artist who mainly works in audiovisual mediums, including performance, theatre, generative video and drawing. Her audiovisual works combine media with performance; they explore the possibility of coexistence between contemporary performance types, like dance or choreography, and computer-generated new media.

Kook’s video works combine technology with her artistic practice to reproduce and convert urban cityscapes into an integrated virtual experience, guiding the audience on a cybernetic journey. The condensed textures in her works connect with multiple sensual levels in our perception and reintroduce the unexplored potential of video as a medium.

Kook has participated and shown her works in PuSh Performing Art Festival in Vancouver(2017), Mill6 Foundation (2017), Microwave International Media Festival in Hong Kong (2016), K11 Shanghai (2016), Hong Kong Arts Festival (2015), Sound Art China Exhibition (2013), Frischzelle Festival and Dusseldorf Festival (2012), and “89+”program (2012) co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets.

Göksu Kunak a.k.a. Gucci Chunk

(performance artist)

Göksu Kunak (Ankara, 1985) a.k.a Gucci Chunk is a writer based in Berlin. Ze performed zir texts and lectures at Batard Brussels 2016 (invited by Tom Engels), Stadtsprachen Festival 2016, Poesie Festival 2017, Fuchsbau Festival 2017, Broken Dimanche Press reading series at Tropez Berlin curated by John Holten, Pioneer Works NYC curated by Belladonna* Collaborative at Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneve as one of the CAMPers invited by Andrea Bellini and Julian Weber. Göksu’s chapbook #225 I thought this would is published by Belladonna* Collaborative NYC. Zir texts have appeared on the official page of The Absence of Paths, the Official Tunisian Pavillion of the 57th Venice Biennial and on the blog The History of Painting Revisited in collaboration with Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle for the Fahrelnissa Zeid Retrospective. Invited by Meg Stuart and Maria F. Scaroni, as a part of City Lights — a continuous gathering, ze had the pleasure to perform with amazing female artists of Berlin at the old and renowned theater Hebbel am Ufer.

Julia Nitschke

Julia Nitschhke (1988, GER) is a performance artist, researcher, theater scholar, and foley artist from Bochum where she studied Scenic Research and theaterstudies. Nitschke researches on (Internet) phenomena of the current cat image culture and thus poses urgent questions about our world and life with a focus on dealing and researching about pop feminism, Webfeminism, cultural appropriation, heteronormativity, gender sensibility, representation and self-representation.

2013 she founded with Knut Schultz their agency for applied Performance Art which moves between clear service, art and communication, techniques of self-help, empowerment and the intimate event. Together they work as the performative oracle collective Meine Wunschdomain. *Meine Wunschdomain* develops in their oracle performances visions for a utopian and solidary future, most recently in the sophiensæle in Berlin.

In addition, she is interested in political-performative think formats for everyone* which are concepted together with Caroline Kapp and Eva Busch. Their most recent work was shown at the Kammerspiele in Munich.

Together with Eva Busch she shares a teaching assignment at the Institute for Art and Art Theory since 2018 at the University of Cologne about “Queering Arts Education and Media Culture.

In Bochum she also runs the atelier automatique, which is a sharing workplace for artists and off space for the local art scene, with a queer feminist focus. Within this space Nitschke curates exhibitions and organizes programmes.

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