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Genetic Choir on IDFA in Kleine Komedie this Sunday!

naturenicktextIn an attempt to hack and question the language of nature films, the Genetic Choir will appear on the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam this Sunday, in the IDFA on Stage event NATURE’S NICKELODEON.

18 November 2018, at 19:30, in the Kleine Komedie, Amsterdam

More info & tickets via IDFA here: https://www.idfa.nl/en/shows/3cf30b69-3bf2-4672-8209-57ae346e987e/idfa-on-stage-natures-nickelodeons

Together with other invited musicians like beatboxer Jason Singh, synth-musician Bridget Hayden and harpist Serafina Steer, the Genetic Choir and instructed volunteers will create new live sounds for nature documentary footage, curated by Amy Cutler (UK).

“How can the nature documentary escape from the framework of the big, or small screen? In this performance, curator Amy Cutler sets out to hack the language and content of this genre.

Experience nature as never before in a performance in which experimental artists turn the traditional nature documentary on its head!”

 

Genetic Choir in Breda – workshop on 10 november 2018

There is a One-Day Genetic Choir session in Breda coming up, and still a few places left to join!

This is good news for everyone in the south of the Netherlands or Belgium who always thought Amsterdam is a bit too far to travel…  😀   A dedicated group of people have gathered in Breda this April, and we continue the work with a full day workshop on Saturday, 10th of November at the wonderful premises of Musicaja.

Een Genetic Choir workshop is een muzikale hutspot met geïmproviseerde ingrediënten. Iedereen kan zonder voorkennis deelnemen, want alle soorten stemmen en muzikale voorkeuren zijn welkom.  Maar als alles mogelijk is, hoe kies je dan waar je voor wil gaan? En hoe doe je dat samen, in samenspel en in contact met anderen? In deze workshop leer je zowel soepel mee te bewegen in een keuken vol met klankmogelijkheden als ook trouw te blijven aan jezelf. We trainen overgave en stevigheid, plezier in je eigen stem en die van een ander, en het plezier in de stilte.

10 November 2018 / 10:00-16:00  /  72 Euro (60,- excl.BTW) / Breda

location: Musicaja Zangschool, Bastionstraat 13, 4817 LD Breda

To reserve your place in the workshop:

  1. send us an e-mail via
    workshops@genetic-choir.org with your
    – name (and account owner from where you made the payment)
    – telephone number
  2. please transfer the workshop fee by clicking this payment link
    (tell us by e-mail if you would like a invoice for your payment)

 

 

Melodies & Songs workshop in Amsterdam

(2) Carousel_at_Hyde_ParkJoin us next week in Amsterdam to surprise yourself with melodies and song inside the open approach of Genetic Choir free improvisation music!

Singers who want to purely improvise will be challenged with the task of solo improvising and story-telling in music. And those who like to work with an existing song will be taken on adventurous journeys of unexpected ensemble improvisations with it.

13+14 October – Melody Makers: Old Songs, New Songs

Melodies are the storytellers of music. Just start singing a few notes and instantly there is a feeling/atmosphere, the beginning and clear promise of a much longer story. Melodies are also playful creatures, meaning that in bigger numbers they tend to swirl around each other, being looped and copied and transposed, creating ever-new relations and mixed identities, transforming to totally different music or ending in beautiful silences.

The Genetic Choir approach ensures that you don’t need any particular background to be able to join this workshop. Everybody works from his preferred musical style and own level of experience. The magic happens in the middle.:-)

13 + 14 October 2018 / 10:30-17:00  /  133,10 Euro (110,- excl.VAT) / Amsterdam

The workshop will take place at: studio Wladiwostok, Bogortuin 16, Amsterdam

old songs new songs croppedTo reserve your place in the workshop:

  1. send us an e-mail via
    workshops@genetic-choir.org with your
    – name
    – telephone number
  2. please transfer the workshop fee by clicking this payment link
    (tell us by e-mail if you would like a invoice for your payment)

Other workshop dates coming up:

10 November: One-Day Genetic Choir workshop in Breda
15+16 December: Resonance & Voice Textures in Amsterdam

 

WHAT IIIF? LONDON 27-30 SEPT 2018

After having been the guest of the Genetic Choir in Amsterdam in 2017, the IIIF is striking down in London this weekend! Be welcome to any of the events, if you are in the neighbourhood. 🙂

Interdisciplinary Instant Composition

IMG_0522What IIIF ? London is beta 0.2 of the Interdisciplinary International Improvisation Festival.  This research festival (the first was in Amsterdam in 2017) brings together researchers from around Europe to ask the absurd question, ‘How/Can improvisation be documented ?’

The festival moves within the London Improvisation scene and includes workshops, performances and reflection sessions.  We use only one method of documentation for each iteration of the festival.  For IIIF Amsterdam, it was video.  For What IIIF ? LONDON, it’s writing.  Writing it down, on paper, on a computer, on a board, on your hand, printing, printing pages somewhere, cursive, upside down, backwards.

Independent, artist-run and self-organized, nomadic and iterative, absent or present, it’s open to everyone who is interested.

Public venues :

Thursday, 27/09 6 pm Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, SW11 4AN LONDON
PERFORMANCE Facebook Event
Saturday 29/09 10:20 am Middlesex Filter Beds Nature Reserve
PARTICIPATION and PERFORMANCE

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Harvesting, cooking & singing: 7 October – workshop Genetic Choir @HaarlemOogst

On Sunday, 7 October, there is a lovely context for (getting to know) Genetic Choir voice work provided by the festival Haarlem Oogst:

13:00-16:00 uur Genetic Choir workshop in Badhuis Leidsebuurt, Haarlem

To participate, it is only 12,50 euro or even just 2,50 with HaarlemPas.

You are welcome to just come for the workshop and ignore the rest, but that might be a shame, as the improvising in the afternoon is framed by a day of harvesting vegetables in the morning and cooking from those ingredients in the late afternoon. Imagine the earthy groundedness of your voice when having dug in the earth in the morning. And imagine the songs that will appear during cooking, when most of the cooks have spent 3 hours of Genetic Choir singing just before!  🙂

More info and to reserve a place for 7 October: click here

Een Genetic Choir workshop is een muzikale hutspot met geïmproviseerde ingrediënten. Iedereen kan zonder voorkennis deelnemen, want alle soorten stemmen en muzikale voorkeuren zijn welkom. Maar als alles mogelijk is, hoe kies je dan waar je voor wilt gaan? En hoe doe je dat samen, in samenspel en in contact met anderen? In deze workshop leer je zowel soepel mee te bewegen in een keuken vol met klankmogelijkheden als ook trouw te blijven aan jezelf. We trainen overgave en stevigheid, plezier in je eigen stem en die van een ander, en het plezier in de stilte.

Haarlem Oogst is a great communal festival that already starts this coming weekend. Check out their program if you are in the neighbourhood.

www.haarlemoogst.nl

Birdscore I – performance in Amstelpark – September 30th

Genetic Choir is back with nature, for the third collaboration with Zone2Source in Amstelpark!

This time, invited by flutist/composer Michael Pestel and landscape artist Jeroen van Westen, the Genetic Choir will bring the songs of extinct birds back to live, in the opening of the exhibition BIRDSCORE.

If you recall our Evensong concert on Utrecht CS, you know that the Genetic Choir singers have some experience in the matter. 🙂

September 30th, 2018

in the GLAZEN HUIS, Amstelpark, Amsterdam

OPENING • 15.00-17.00 uur tentoonstelling BIRDSCORE

PERFORMANCE with Genetic Choir • 15.30 -16.00 uur Birdscore I: FloorScore for Catalogue d’Oiseaux by Olivier Messiaen, Glazen Huis

Messiaen’s partituur vertaalt vogelgeluiden in werken voor de piano. Opgeknipt en herordend door fluitist en componist Michael Pestel is het de basis voor een uitvoering in samenwerking met Genetic Choir, en Jeroen van Westen die de Broominette bespeelt. Hier belichamen de zangers uitgestorven vogels. Via ontdekken, observeren, verzamelen, cut and paste, klinken hun liederen weer na lange afwezigheid.
   
More info on the website: www.zone2source.net

 

Communication Balance

On Friday, the 14th of September, two Genetic Choir singers will create a special performance at Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort where balance will be the the key element to perform with.

This may sound a little abstract but it makes sense when you see the stage isn’t flat. It is a large wooden wobbly platform that reacts to every movement you make. And with two people standing on it, they are now connected to and dependent on each other. Every step you take, every move you make will affect the other person.
Adding vocal expression, singing becomes a different experience the moment you can’t take the stability of the floor for granted. Movement and singing will become the same thing. You will feel the movement in singing and you will feel the singing in movement.

The platform is created by the artist Julien Thomas, who asked the Genetic Choir to explore the ‘Conversation Balance’ platform for an exploration in the possibilities of using it.

After previous instances with Genetic Choir singers on the platform (Sandberg Institute 2016, DordtYart Opening 2018), this is the third public collaboration between Julien Thomas and Genetic Choir singers on a now even wobblier version of the platform!

We will give two instant composition performances as part of the Opening of the wider exhibition ‘A Balancing Act’

14 September 2018

Performances start at 17.20 and 18.00

Kunsthal KAdE, Eemplein 77, (Eemhuis), Amersfoort

See you there!

photo: Jo Vervoort