Vocal Instant Composition



Our friend and colleague Michael Fischer from Vienna recently made this hallucinative video from a musical collaboration we had with him back in 2011:

Sound is recorded live at the Glazen Huis, Amstelpark, Amsterdam.

According to our own nomenclature, this is composition nr. 11042501  :)

“The Art of Change” in the Akoesticum

On the 6th of November 2014, there will be an introduction to the Genetic Choir method in the Akoesticum in Ede (NL). This workshop is part of a 2-day conference “De Kunst van Veranderen” (“the art of change”), which addresses the current challenges and interests of musicians and art makers when working either community-based, with new working methods or with unusual audiences.

Thomas will give a workshop/lecture about the Genetic Choir in the afternoon between 3 and 4:30.

Also the rest of the conference is very much worth you attention (Dutch language, though). Look for the whole program here.


More improvisation and singing… :-)

Performers in the Genetic Choir Ensemble come from diverse backgrounds and we thought it is nice to make you aware of some of the other activities of improvisation and singing professionals in the ensemble. Anne Brattinga (www.singingcircle.nl) and Anita Kooij (www.beingmoved.nl) both have workshops coming up:

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Surfing the edge of language in the Church

We got a little audio preview for you from the Church Concerts we were holding this summer in the lovely village of Holysloot (new Genetic Choir CD is in preparation).

This particular composition fits well with the workshop theme of next week, because it shows – while we were not planning it – a typical Genetic Choir way of surfing the edge of understandable language and enjoying the grey area between sound and words.

Take your time for this track, use your headphones & Enjoy!

Upcoming workshop dates

For those of you who want to actively experience the Genetic Choir and open your voice to an unusual training ground, you are welcome on these open sessions of our ongoing vocal improvisation research:

18+19 October 2014   —   THE EDGE OF LANGUAGE
a Genetic Choir approach to the usage of words and almost-words in improvisation (and how that could be music)

17+18 January 2015   —   OLD SONGS, NEW SONGS
a Genetic Choir investigation into the phenomena of (known) ‘songs’ and ‘melody’ in the context of experimental improvisation music

1 March 2015               —   GENETIC CHOIR: ONE-DAY SESSION
a day of simply celebrating music making the Genetic Choir way: some crisp training, lots of singing and creating pieces

More info on the sessions and how to participate is here on the Workshop page.

Iepenloftspul with Genetic Choir

flyer dijk vol dromenWith the Genetic Choir’s way of music making and performing, we will be part of this outdoor theatre production (in Frisian language: Iepenloftspul) the coming two weekends in Friesland:

“Dijk vol Dromen” in Pingjum, Friesland

13, 14, 20 & 21 September

The piece starts as lecture about the storms that have imprinted themselves on the landscape and the way the land is formed. One abbey that was positioned on the dyke next to the water has a main role in the story that unfolds and audience will be asked to join for a walk outside and be part of a ritual from old times.

More info on where it happens and when is in this pdf: flyer dijk vol dromen



Workshops 2014/2015

Dear all,

the season of the Genetic Choir has started with two concerts and our involvement in an outdoor theatre production in September, but also the workshops and voice research of the Genetic Choir is starting again, and you are invited to sing with us!

“The Edge of Language” is coming up, with 4 workshop places left, the other workshops below are at this moment being fixed in dates with the pioneers of the Ensemble. Each of those three workshops has still one pioneer place left, up for grabs.

Some of our website followers showed interest for a one day Genetic Choir workshop this year. We don’t often organise it, but please let us know if you would like that – If enough people tell us that they want a short workshop, we can plan it in.

language_edge_closer218+19 October 2014   —   THE EDGE OF LANGUAGE
A workshop about the moments when sound becomes language and vice versa. We will play with and research the use of words in improvisation, with the focus on the exciting no-mans-land between the abstraction of music and the literal meaning of language. (more info: click here)

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