Vocal Instant Composition


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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“Church Songs” – concert for CD recording

Genetic Choir concert coming Saturday near Amsterdam!

After a try-out in July, we now will have another recording session in the White Church of Holysloot. And you are invited as audience to give your presence and listening ear to us and witness our music in the making:

Saturday 30th of August, 16:00, Witte Kerk, Holysloot

Getting There: The church is at the entrance of the village (arriving from Amsterdam, the southern entrance) directly to the left. Turn left after passing the cafe on your right and the playground on your left. You can park your car at the parking place of the cafe for free. Biking from Amsterdam is a great under good weather conditions and takes about 30 to 45 minutes.

Location Holysloot on Google Maps, click here.


Walking in Amstel Park with the Genetic Choir

SecretSignals-windviolenThis coming Sunday afternoon, you can have a stroll in the park and listen to it’s natural sounds combined with our vocal music.

We will perform “Three Songs”, instant compositions for peculiar places in the cultured wild of the Amstel Park. The audience will be guided along three selected locations in this walk/excursion/concert.

16:00 – 24 August 2014 – Amsterdam

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