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Genetic Choir Workshops in Prague and Amsterdam in 2017

After the summer, our workshop season starts again, with workshops in Amsterdam and Prague. There was a Genetic Choir workshop in Prague six years ago and when the www.hlasohled.cz asked Thomas back for this autumn, we found this video they made then, which is still really fun to watch. If only for the attempts of Thomas to explain it all  🙂

See below or on the workshop page all upcoming dates for having your own experience.

17 September 2017  –  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, Sunday 17 September 2017, 10:30-17:00  /  60,- exBTW (72,60 incl.)  /  Amsterdam / Inscribe via workshops@genetic-choir.org
   

4 September – 16 October 2017 – VOICELAB KINDERKOOR

The Genetic Choir also gives Voice Improvisation sessions for kids!

There will be a new block of 7 sessions from 4 September to 16 October.

Every Monday afternoon, 15:15-16:15

place: studio De Eester (buurtcoörperatie OHG), C van Eesterenlaan 266, Amsterdam

Register/more info: voicelab@genetic-choir.org


23 + 24 September 2017  –  PRAGUE workshop GENETIC CHOIR 

We are invited back by Hlasohled to give a Genetic Choir workshop in Prague, Czech Republic.

More info, or do you want to join in Prague? Look here: www.hlasohled.cz

    

7 + 8 October 2017 – STRUCTURES & FLOW

structures+flow3Flow is probably one of the most important aspects of improvising together: when there is no flow and vivid engagement in the moment, up comes thinking, doubt, trying to do it ‘right’ – all the things we need to avoid when creating music on the spot.
Definition, however, seems just as important: How to define, sharpen en deepen you material while working with it on the spot, so that it doesn’t go in all directions at once? How to tame the river of inspiration and let it flow at the same time?

One thing that can help with gaining more definition are structures: self-imposed limitations to your improvisation. We will find that limitations and structures are not the opposite of freedom or flow, but that all these aspects need each other and are always present, whether you want it or not. But what sort of structures/limitations work well within improvised performance? What is smothering the improvisation or numbing it, rather than bringing it to life? There are many ways to create frames or structures for improvisation.

The ambition of this workshop is to find out – through learning by doing – what works best for you to set you up for singing and composing in the moment.

Two full days, 10:30-17:00  /  110,- exBTW (130,10 incl.)  /  Amsterdam / Inscribe via workshops@genetic-choir.org


18 + 19 November 2017 – RHYTHM & 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 (130,10 incl.)  /  Amsterdam / Inscribe via workshops@genetic-choir.org


coming back in 2018:

FRIDAY MORNING SESSIONS 

GC_concerts_smallRegular training/composing sessions in Genetic Choir work on Friday mornings. We do it in a two-week rhythm (every other Friday) and have blocks of 8 sessions in a row, with a fixed group for that block.

No specific singing background is required, but we ask you to do at least one Genetic Choir workshop first. Participants commit for a set of 8 sessions, so that we can deepen the work from one session to the next.

More info on the training is here. The next block would start 15th of January 2018. We are waiting for workshop pioneers to gather and when we have a group, we’ll get in touch about the dates. .

PLACE: Studio Wladiwostok, Bogortuin 16, Amsterdam, Java-Eiland.
DATES: every second Friday morning, starting 15 January for 16 weeks (8 sessions)
TIME: 10:00-12:30
COSTS: 192,- euro (excl.VAT / 232,32 incl.
) / pioneers pay 160,- excl.VAT

       
           

gc_workshopcontent_buttonIf you would like to join any of our workshops, send a message to workshops@genetic-choir.org

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 these articles about the project in the Dutch Newspapers Het Parool and Volkskrant.

You can also look at the below video report made by our hosts, the Noord/Zuidlijn people themselves.

More background info about the Loop-Copy-Mutate project can be found here.

“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.

http://bimhuis.nl/highlights/genetic-choir-presenteert-loop-copy-mutate

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.

Details:

STEIM event page

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