Vocal Instant Composition

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.


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:


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

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