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Carte Blanche: Gerri Jäger @ Bimhuis

November 22, 2017

The concert starts at 20:30 and will be broadcasted on Bimhuis Radio and can be listened here: https://www.bimhuis.nl/en/radio/

Sofia Jernberg: Vocals
Joachim Badenhorst: Sax, bass clarinet
Raphael Vanoli: Guitar, electronics
Petter Eldh: Bass
Giray Gürkal: Guitar, electronics
Frank Rosaly: Drums, electronics
Gerri Jäger: Drums, electronics, composition
Meeus van Dis: Light
Sandor Caron: Tonmeister
Ellenoor Bakker: Film

DJ Juha (Progress Bar, Viral Radio)


Islak Köpek @ moers festival

June 03, 2017

Islak Köpek plays in the Moers Festival at the grand hall of the Music School.

Şevket Akıncı (e. guitar)
Korhan Erel (electronics)
Giray Gürkal (e. guitar)
Robert Reigle (tenor saxophone)
Dirk Stromberg (phallophone)

Erdem / Erol / Ozcan / Siebenstädt / Gurkal / Baltacilar / Tavil @ Ma Thilda

January 26, 2015

Ma Thilda
Wildenbruchstraße 68

Gürkan Baltacilar - Guitar
Utku Tavil - Drums

Gülşah Erol - Cello
Berke Can Özcan - Drums
Miriam Siebenstädt - Sax
Giray Gürkal - Guitar

Cagri Erdem - Guitar (w/ Limbo: Utku Tavil & Giray Gürkal)

Multiversal #51 @ Altes Finanzamt

January 23, 2015

Altes Finanzamt

Big Beats Big Times
Sebastian Maschat - Drums, Electronics
Utku Tavil - Drums, Electronics
Berke Can Özcan - Drums, Electronics

Baltacilar / Erdem / Gürkal
Gurkan Baltacilar - Guitar, Objects
Çağrı Erdem - Guitar, Computer
Giray Gurkal - Guiar, FX

Siebenstädt / Erol
Miriam Siebenstädt - Reeds
Gülşah Erol - Cello

Paul Roth & Giray Gürkal @ Gitar Cafe

December 02, 2014

Paul Roth and Giray Gürkal will play improvised music at Gitar Cafe on 2nd of December.

Music start at 21:00.


Paul Roth: Saxophones
Giray Gürkal: Electric guitar, effects


Address: Caferağa Mah. Sakızgülü Sk. Taranto Apt. No:7/1 Kadıköy, İstanbul

Percussive! @ Peyote

November 03, 2014

Percussive! plays half composed improvised music.

at Peyote on November 5th. Music starts at 11pm.

Şevket Akıncı: Guitar
Çağrı Erdem: Guitar & Computer
Giray Gürkal: Guitar
Ekin Cengizkan: Drums
Erdem Göymen: Drums

Noise Trio @ Gitar Cafe

February 18, 2014

The trio by Korhan Erel, Giray Gürkal and Şevket Akıncı, all members of Islak Köpek and IstanPOOL, exploring noise music from a free improvisation perspective using analog and digital electronics.
Music starts at 9:00 pm

Krahl, Erel, Tüzün, Gürkal at Gitarcafe, Dec 2

November 27, 2013

I will play at Gitarcafe on December 2 with Kora Krahl (cello), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) and Tolga Tüzün (piano).

The concert will start at 9.00pm and will cost 15TL.

IstanPOOL in the Netherlands, September – October 2013

September 29, 2013


IstanPOOL is a brand new collective of musicians from Turkey and the Netherlands in a setting of two wind instruments, two guitars and two laptops: Michael Moore & Mark Alban Lotz (winds), Korhan Erel & Robert van Heumen (laptops, live processing), Şevket Akıncı & Giray Gürkal (guitars, effects).  The project is conceptualized and organized by Utrecht-based flutist Mark Alban Lotz and Istanbul-based computer musician Korhan Erel. Initial concerts happened in Istanbul and Utrecht between 2010-2013 in form of Lotz/Erel duo with guest musicians. Mark Alban Lotz has a collaborative album with Islak Köpek, whose members include the three Turkish musicians here, which was released on Evil Rabbit Records in 2011.

IstanPOOL concerts in the Netherlands:

October 2, Badcuyp (try out)
Eerste Sweelinkstraat 10, Amsterdam, 21.00

October 3, Rasa (premiere)
Pauwstraat 13-a, Utrecht, 20.30

October 4, Het Klooster
Hammerstraat 36, Rotterdam, 22.00
w. Anne La Berge (flutes) sitting in for Michael Moore

Other concerts with the participation of the Turkish cast of IstanPOOL:

September 29, 2013 / Korhan Erel, Şevket Akıncı and Giray Gürkal play with Wolter Wierbos and Wilbert de Joode as a part of dOEk Sunday at Zaal100, Amsterdam

October 1, 2013 / Korhan Erel, Şevket Akinci and Giray Gürkal with others at Michael Moore’s Impro Jazzcafé guests, Zaal 100, Amsterdam

The tour is made possible with the kind support of the City of Utrecht.
IstanPOOL is a Lotz/Erel Duo initiative.

Music of & Press reviews on the ‘Istanbul Improv Sessions’

Audrey Chen, Korhan Erel, Giray Gürkal at BOEHMERSExhibition, Berlin

September 20, 2013

Audrey Chen (cello), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) and Giray Gürkal (electric guitar, effects) will play an improvised set at BOEHMERSExhibition, Berlin on September 27, only a few hours before Korhan and Giray get on their train to Amsterdam to launch their five-concert tour there with IstanPOOL and Stichting dOEk musicians . Concert will start at 20.00. 

Mark Alban Lotz & Islak Köpek at Gitar Cafe

April 28, 2013

Islak Köpek & Mark Alban-Lotz - Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th

Mark Alban Lotz is an Utrecht-based flute player and improviser who is also quite well known in Turkey as a jazz player and improviser. He had come to Istanbul in 2010 to make two recordings with Istanbul-based improvisers. One of these recordings was with Islak Köpek, Turkey’s first free improvisation ensemble founded in 2005. This record, “Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th”, was released on Evil Rabbit Records in 2011. Islak Köpek and Mark played a concert at Borusan Müzik Evi in Istanbul soon after the release of the album.

Mark Alban Lotz returns to Istanbul once more to reunite with Islak Köpek. They will play a concert at Gitar Cafe on May 2nd. The concert will start at 9pm.

Mark Alban Lotz: flutes
Şevket Akıncı: acoustic guitar
Korhan Erel: computer, controllers
Gülşah Erol: cello
Giray Gürkal: electric guitar, effects
Robert Reigle: tenor saxophone
Volkan Terzioğlu: tenor saxophone

Kingdom of Netherlands We’d like to extend our thanks to the Kingdom of Netherlands Consulate in Istanbul for supporting this musical and cultural exchange between Mark Alban Lotz and improvisers in Istanbul.


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