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Genetic Choir workshops are work-shops in the true sense of the word: we as Genetic Choir singers work/play/research in them on the intensive level that we enjoy and the work is at the same time open to everyone – no previous skills required. If you never worked with your voice or music before, you can always come and make a first acquaintance (you will see it is easy to find your own place in the work, whatever your personal background). On the other hand, experienced singers are mingling on the workshop with weathered Genetic Choir singers and they are always pleasantly surprised about the high quality of work that is created notwithstanding the different types of singers present.
Any participant is challenged in his/her assumptions about music making and the possibility of their own voice, and leaves our workshops enriched, tired :-) and highly energised. 
The workshops are our own laboratory and training ground, and we are happy to share the work with you!

Thomas Johannsen

(Nederlander en moeite met het Engels? Klik hier voor informatie in het Nederlands.)


 18+19 October 2014  —   THE EDGE OF LANGUAGE

language_edge_closerA 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)

Een workshop over de momenten waar klank overgaat in taal en vice versa. We verkennen het gebruik van woorden in muziek en improvisatie, met de focus op het spannende grijze gebied tussen muzikale abstractie en het ontstaan van letterlijke betekenis. (meer info: klik hier)

Two full days, 10:30-17:00  /  110,- exBTW (130,90 incl.)   /  Amsterdam


17+18 January 2015   —   OLD SONGS, NEW SONGS

This workshop will combine all our experiences with the phenomena “singing a song” and melt it together in one weekend. So in this workshop you can either come with a prepared song or without, and we will workshop how to integrate different styles of song-singing into Genetic Choir improvisations. Those who want to purely improvise will be challenged with the task of solo improvising and story-telling (a song is more than an abstract sound-carpet). And those who like to work with their existing song will be taken on journeys of non-idiomatic improvisations with it. :-)
This workshop brings together all the work we did earlier in Melody Makers, the Well-known-song workshops and the research on Phrasing.
Two full days, 10:30-17:00  /  110,- exBTW (130,90 incl.)   /  Amsterdam          



A day of simply celebrating music making the Genetic Choir way: Some crisp training of the principles, but most of all lots of singing and creating pieces!  What is the Genetic Choir way of working? Click here for more info.
One full day, 10:30-17:00  /  60,- exBTW (72,60 incl.)  /  Amsterdam



More coming up for spring 2015:

The below workshops are at the moment being planned for spring/summer of 2015 with a pioneer group of participants. Dates will be decided soon and posted on this website.

“Marking and moulding the time that is passing”, that is one way to define what you do when working with rhythm in improvisation. Looking at it from a Genetic Choir point of view, we are less interested in counting rhythms and more interested in the simple exhilaration of singing in’many times’ (polyrhythms) or the thrill of falling together in the ‘same time’. We will explore how we can let complex rhythms appear, how we can groove together and groove on our own, in short: A weekend to become a true rhythm animal without ever counting a beat!
How does space influence our singing? Acoustic aspects of a space have a strong impact on us, but also the spatial relationship between us and others singers. “Find your space and you will find your voice” is something Enrique Pardo used to say to point to this often overlooked aspect of vocal performance.
 So any type of space, and any specific constellation of bodies in that space has profound influence on our voice. And while we usually try not to be influenced by that and simply “do our thing” as singers, this Genetic Choir workshop wants to go the other way: To investigate and break open this interesting aspect of singing so that we can play with it and use space, bodies and voices to their fullest ability.

Contact us through the form below, if you are interested.

Most of our workshops are taking place in Amsterdam, but if you want to have a workshop in your own city, just get in touch with us!

Times and prices

Worskhop times are usually: 10:30-17:00

(unless otherwise stated)

One day workshops (excl. VAT): 60,- € / Pioneers pay 45,- €
Two day workshops (excl. VAT): 110,- € / Pioneers pay 75,- €
Four day workshops (excl. VAT): 200,- € / Pioneers pay 140,- €

You can become a pioneer and pay the lower pioneer price by being one of the first to inscribe to a workshop and commit yourself to the dates. This is an option for people who come more often to workshops and are on our mailing list. Usually, once the dates for a workshop appear on this website, the pioneer fee is not available anymore  What is this pioneer thing? Click here.

Note that all prices are shown without the 21% tax, as some participants can deduct this part from their costs.
For example the total amount you pay for a two day workshop (110,- + VAT) is at the moment 133,10 Euro. For a one-day workshop it’s 72,60 Euro.

If you are interested to follow a workshop, send us a message through the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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