Vocal Instant Composition


Underground Concert Repercussions

Such a big project, such great moments!

The Amsterdam Central Station concerts of Loop-Copy-Mutate felt like a celebration of the unique Genetic Choir way of bringing experimental/modern music to wider audiences, by involving them in the concerts.

And we were so happy that this organisational monster of a project went smoothly and to such great results in terms of audience numbers and artistic result. A BIG THANKS again to everyone involved!

We will come soon with our own concert registration, but for now you can read this article about the concert in Dutch Newspaper Het Parool
and also look at the below video report made by our hosts, the Noord/Zuidlijn people themselves:

“Baden”: Genetic Choir performers collaborate in Cure Park, Amsterdamse Bos

This Friday, 7th of July, you can experience a very special performance-on-location involving Genetic Choir singers during ‘Cure Park’ in the Amsterdamse Bos!

Baden (Bathing), by Cathalijne Smulders

7 July 2017, 16:00 & 17:30 

Place: close to the Amsterdamse Bostheater, on the beach (‘strandje, naast de kabelkaan’).

A map for when you are in the park is here.

The Genetic Choir collaborated before with Cathalijne Smulders in the performance CIRCLE which also was based on working with people with a speech-handicap. ‘Baden’ is a development on the same theme, now also involving movement and dance.

In Baden (Bathing), Cathalijne Smulders works with people who have difficulties with language, speech or gestures as a result of brain damage. In her performance Smulders illustrates the sense of disorientation that occurs when words lose their meaning. Speakers suffering from aphasia or spasms describe their surroundings. Their words and actions are distorted by hesitations and physical reflexes. This distorted speech subtly influences the way in which we perceive the surroundings.

The influence of impeded speech on perception is reinforced by the presence of an improv choir and dancers reacting to the speakers. They support the speakers by mirroring or slowing down their words and gestures, or alternatively, make them sound more fluent. During the performance words make way for sounds, and the emphasis shifts to more physical, sensitive and fragile forms of exchange. When words lose their meaning, a new form of exchange originates.

About the Cure Park festival:

Cure Park is a contemporary health resort that will pitch its tents this summer from June 4 to July 16 among the trees of the Amsterdam Forest. Centered around the Bostheater, Cure Park brings together over 30 artists, creatives and thinkers with audiences and care professionals in a multidimensional program, comprising installations, experiments, interventions, workshops, exercises, lectures, performances and films. www.curepark.nl

Free workshop ‘Genetic Choir for kids’ on 8 July: VoiceLab kinderkoor

For those who want to give their kids the Genetic Choir voice training experience, we started a new initiative this year:

VoiceLab kinderkoor

– voice improvisation sessions for kids from 6-10 years –

There will be an open taster-workshop on 8 July, at 15:30, as part of the Eester Festival in the Amsterdam Easter Docklands.

Wat kan je mond veel geluiden maken. Lachen, snurken, neuriën, praten. En natuurlijk zingen! Al die geluiden kunnen muziek worden. Of is het al muziek?

Place: studio De Eester, C. van Eesterenlaan 266, Amsterdam

Time: Saturday 8 July, 15:30-16:00

Bring your kids and join for free!

In September will start a new series regular sessions. More info: click here


National newspaper (‘Volkskrant’) writes about our Amsterdam CS concerts tomorrow!

One of the main Dutch newspapers has written about the Loop-Copy-Mutate project and our concerts tomorrow under Amsterdam’s Central Station!

Sunday, 2 July 2017 – 13:00  /  15:00  /  19:00  /  21:00

You can still reserve tickets until 1 hour before each concert via the Bimhuis website.


Very special location (underground), totally new type of Genetic Choir concert. Be there people!

Watch & Listen!

There’s been some buzz in the media about our Loop-Copy-Mutate project! Listen in to a recent radio interview with Thomas Johannsen on NH Tot Twaalf (June 20 program at 9:40).

We just released the latest trailer for our upcoming concert premiere in the Noord/Zuidlijn metro station at Amsterdam CS. Don’t miss this special opportunity to see a Genetic Choir concert in the (yet to be opened) station on 2 July! Tickets available here.



Loop-Copy-Mutate at STEIM this Friday

Join us at STEIM this Friday, 23 June and be the first to experience how we’re turning the sounds we’ve been gathering around Amsterdam Central Station into vocal instant compositions, as part of our Loop-Copy-Mutate project. This a try-out concert for the Noord/Zuidlijn premiere on 2 July.

You can listen here to some of the sounds we discovered, in a most unlikely place!

Audiences will have the chance to explore a series of interactive sound stations on Friday and enjoy a collaborative performance with STEIM veteran Robert van Heumen.


STEIM event page

Friday, 23 June / 20:30 / Tickets: 7,50

Two concerts on 2 July! Anthracite Fields & Loop-Copy-Mutate

On Sunday, 2 July, audiences will have the chance to immerse themselves in two, unique musical experiences within walking distance of each other: the Noord-Zuidlijn premiere of our Loop-Copy-Mutate project as well as the Dutch premiere of Anthracite Fields performed by Cappella Amsterdam & Bang on a Can All-Stars, as part of the 9th international Koorbiënnale Haarlem en Amsterdam.

Anthracite Fields will have one performance on Sunday at 15.00. You can catch Loop-Copy-Mutate beforehand at 13:00 or afterwards at 19:00 or 21:00

Anthracite Fields (Cappella Amsterdam & Bang on a Can All-Stars)

Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam

€34,-/ CJP en StadsPas € 27,-

Cappella Amsterdam and the prestigious American composers collective Bang on a Can All-Stars present the Dutch premiere of the widely acclaimed epic Anthracite Fields. In 2015, composer Julia Wolfe received the Pulitzer Prize for this pioneering vocal work. Anthracite Fields is about the demise of the once thriving mining industry in Pennsylvania. Julia Wolfe, who originates from this area, created a ‘requiem for the people’ with Anthracite Fields, interweaving interviews with former miners, local stories and songs from the region, amongst other things, into an impressive and highly topical composition. During the performance of the work, images by the American filmmaker and designer Jeff Sugg will be shown. His recordings capture the bankrupt mining industry.

Loop-Copy-Mutate – Music from People and Places

Noord-Zuidlijn metro (Amsterdam Central Station)

13:00 / (15:00) / 19:00 / 21:00
€ 17,50 / € 15 (CJP, studentcard, Stadspas)

In its latest concert series – Loop-Copy-Mutate: Music from People and Places – the Genetic Choir turns the station’s sounds into a choral performance. Underground, in the yet unfinished North-South Line metro station, the choir takes these sounds and – together with laptop musician Robert van Heumen and programmer Stelios Manousakis – uses them for an instant composition concert: Music as vital and unpredictable as the city itself.

Meer informatie (Nederlands):

9e Internationale Koorbiënnale Haarlem en Amsterdam
30 juni tot en met 9 juli 2017
Avontuurlijk vocaal festival op topniveau

De Koorbiënnale presenteert 10 dagen lang de mooiste internationale vocale topensembles van dit moment en verkent tegelijk ook de grenzen van de koormuziek. Het festival gaat gedurfde en creatieve kruisbestuivingen aan met andere kunstdisciplines zoals dans, film en beeldende kunst. De Koorbiënnale plaatst “samen zingen” in het hart van de samenleving en is niet bang een visie te geven op actuele en maatschappelijke thema’s. De podia van de Koorbiënnale zijn uniek en divers, van een lommerrijk landgoed, de romantische Haarlemse hofjes, de majestueuze Grote of St. Bavokerk tot en met het Amsterdamse Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ.

Zondag 2 juli 2017, 15.00 uur, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam
€34,-/ CJP en StadsPas € 27,-
Cappella Amsterdam & Bang on a Can All-Stars
Anthracite Fields
Nederlands première van baanbrekend Pulitzer Prize winnend werk

Cappella Amsterdam en het prestigieuze Amerikaanse componistencollectief Bang on a Can All-Stars brengen de Nederlandse première van het alom geprezen epos   Anthracite Fields. Componiste Julia Wolfe ontving in 2015 voor dit baanbrekende vocale werk de Pulitzer Prize. Anthracite Fields gaat over de teloorgang van de ooit zo florerende mijnindustrie in Pennsylvania. Julia Wolfe, afkomstig uit dit gebied, maakte met Anthracite Fields een ‘volksrequiem’,  waarbij zij onder andere interviews met voormalige mijnwerkers, lokale verhalen en liederen uit de regio verwerkte tot een indrukwekkende en zeer actuele compositie.
Het werk wordt uitgevoerd in combinatie met beelden van de Amerikaanse filmmaker en ontwerper Jeff Sugg die in zijn opnames de failliete mijnindustrie heeft vastgelegd.

Bang on a Can All-Stars
Cappella Amsterdam
Daniel Reuss, dirigent
Jeff Suff, visuele projecties
Julia Wolfe – Anthracite Fields

Coproductie met Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam


Genetic Choir Presenteert: Loop-Copy-Mutate

Ondergronds concert – Noord/Zuidlijn, Amsterdam CS

Locatie: Platform Noord/Zuidlijn onder Centraal Station

Hoe muzikaal is het Centraal Station?

Flarden van een telefoongesprek in duet met het zoete zoemen van een roltrap. Haastig klinkende voetstappen, een fluitsignaal, en een onverstaanbaar omroepbericht transformeren tot een stemmig lied – even later overstemd door een konvooi rolkoffers dat over tegels raast.

Tijdens Loop-Copy-Mutate maakt het vocale improvisatie ensemble Genetic Choir geluiden van het station als muziekstuk beluisterbaar. In de ondergrondse nieuwe metrohalte van de Noord/Zuidlijn verklankt het koor, samen met laptopmusicus Robert van Heumen en met participatie van het publiek, gesampelde stationsgeluiden tot een compositie die ter plekke ontstaat.

Een muziekstuk zo levend en veranderlijk als de stad zelf.

Op 2 juli zijn er vier uitvoeringen: om 13:00, 15:00, 19:00 en 21:00.