March 14, 2015
Islak Köpek will play a concert on March 14 at Radialsystem in the New Sounds of Istanbul and Berlin event organized by Borusan Music House (Istanbul) and Radialsystem (Berlin), and curated by Ipek Ipekçioğlu.
Islak Köpek is a free improvisation ensemble founded by Korhan Erel and Şevket Akıncı in 2005. It has been at the forefront of experimental music in Turkey ever since and has pioneered the beginning of free improvisation as an established genre in Turkey with several festival, television appearances, sometimes going to the extent of having made fun of in Turkish TV shows, as well as two albums released in Turkey and the Netherlands. The ensemble will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with a first-ever international appearance. Berlin-based cellist Nora Krahl will join Islak Köpek for this concert. Nora is no stranger to new and experimental music scenes in Istanbul and has played several concerts with the members of the ensemble in and outside Turkey.
Şevket Akıncı: guitar, effects
January 26, 2015
Korhan Erel: computer, controllers
Giray Gürkal: guitar, effects
Nora Krahl: cello
Robert Reigle: tenor saxophone
Gürkan Baltacilar - Guitar
Utku Tavil - Drums
Gülşah Erol - Cello
Berke Can Özcan - Drums
Miriam Siebenstädt - Sax
Giray Gürkal - Guitar
January 23, 2015
Cagri Erdem - Guitar (w/ Limbo: Utku Tavil & Giray Gürkal)
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
December 02, 2014
Miriam Siebenstädt - Reeds
Gülşah Erol - Cello
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
November 03, 2014
Percussive! plays half composed improvised music.
at Peyote on November 5th. Music starts at 11pm.
Şevket Akıncı: Guitar
February 18, 2014
Çağrı Erdem: Guitar & Computer
Giray Gürkal: Guitar
Ekin Cengizkan: Drums
Erdem Göymen: Drums
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
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.
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’
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.