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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. Even if you never worked with your voice or music before, you are always welcome to make a first acquaintance. On the other hand, the experienced singers who are mingling on the workshops with weathered Genetic Choir singers 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.)

              

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          

             

1 March 2015  —   GENETIC CHOIR ONE-DAY SESSION

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

     

    

4+5 April 2015   —    SPACE / SOUND / BODIES

How does space influence our singing? Acoustic aspects of a space have a strong impact on us, and also the spatial relationship between us and others singers. “Find your space and you will find your voice”, Enrique Pardo used to say to his actors 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 aspect of singing so that we can play with it and use space, bodies and voices to their fullest ability.
Two full days, 10:30-17:00  /  110,- exBTW (130,90 incl.)   /  Amsterdam

         

 

13+14 June   —   RHYTHM AND TIME(ING)

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

Costs / Pioneering:

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. If you would like to be on our mailinglist to be able to pioneer for future workshops, just let us know.  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.

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