Workshops in 2016

(1) Foto Resonance in Actie Yinske en Thomas resonance_060615_annesmeets_16The Genetic Choir workshop planning until the summer is complete, and workshops are filling up quickly…  🙂

Click below to read about it and if you are interested to join, send us a note via the Contact page.

20+21 February 2016 – OLD SONGS, NEW SONGS

a Genetic Choir workshop

Family Radio Living Room_well-known-songThis two-day session will combine our knowledge of instant composition with the phenomena/skill of “singing a song” and melt it together in one weekend. You can either come with a prepared song or completely blank, 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 ensemble improvisations with it. 🙂

The workshop brings together all the experience the Genetic Choir has gathered earlier in Melody Makers, the Well-known-song workshops and the research on Phrasing.

Two full days, 10:30-17:00  /  110,- exBTW (130,10 incl.)   /  Amsterdam
If you would like to join, send us a message through the Contact page.     

12+13 March 2016 – SPACE / SOUND / BODIES

a Genetic Choir workshop

It may not always feel like it, but your body, the space around you and your voice are all subtly connected: if one changes, the other two are affected. To become more aware of this triple interaction and be able to play with it as a performer in an interdisciplinary ensemble is the ambition of these two days.

phrases_stillstbr_4_crop_for_blogThe workshop is welcoming improvisation singers who don’t mind moving and improvisation dancers who want to connect their spatial and bodily awareness to Vocal Instant Composition – the ability to work with voices musically, as an ensemble.

“Find your space and you will find your voice”,Enrique Pardo tends to say to his performers. We will investigate this notion and find that any type of space, and any specific constellation of bodies in that space has profound influence on our voice. Everyday life trains us not to be too influenced by this, but for improvisers this is where the magic happens in live performance.

Our research will be to give this interdependency all our attention, so that we can play with it, be moved and surprised and use space, voices and bodies to their fullest ability.
Two full days, 10:30-17:00  /  110,- exBTW (130,10 incl.)  /  Amsterdam

2 + 3 April 2016 – MATERIAL GROOVES

a Genetic Choir workshop

The groove is what creates the music – not only in the way we talk about something being ‘groovy’ or that the music ‘grooves’, but also quite literal when it concerns the vinyl LPs that for a long time where the source of music in most living rooms: It is the actual, physical groove in the record that the playhead of the record player is running through, that is creating the music – the patterns in the material are being ‘read’ by the playhead and the information stored in the vinyl is translated into sound.

groovy monkeyThis workshop will be a vocal and musical adventure, blending the idea of groove with the idea of physical material. The Genetic Choir works often site-specific, creating instant compositions for the places they sing in. This workshop wants to go deeper into this exploration and integration of environment in the the singing and composing practice. How can we create music from the physical presence and patterns in the material that we find in any space?  How can we – at the same time – keep the idea of ‘grooving’ although the music might be abstract or unusual to our ears?  When do we actually feel that something really grooves? And is that not connected with a gut feeling, something as profound and physical as the ground under our feet?

Let’s find out!

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


28+29 May 2016 – STRUCTURES & FLOW

a Genetic Choir workshop

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 work with many types of scores and frames and by trying them all find the principles of a well-designed set-up!

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