THE EDGE OF LANGUAGE – 17+18 February 2018

language_edge_closerA workshop about the moments when music becomes language and words become sound.


a Genetic Choir workshop

When we improvise with our voices, sometimes sounds emerge which are language-like, or even very much like comprehensible words. How do we treat this moment when singers are on the verge of becoming improvising poets?

It is fun to play with the sound of words, it is what children do a lot and it is a bliss to indulge ourselves into this word-sound playfulness. But as improvisers, we are looking for more: clarity and depth of expression, not only in music but also when words come in to play. For the audience, the shift from music to words is sudden, because our minds work that way: they cling to understandable words and story whenever they can. So how do we treat this shift as improvisers? How do we keep the imagination open when words pretend to pin down all meaning? Can we serve both, the god of poetry and the god of music? Or even better: can we stay in the no-mans land between music and meaning, and take all our time to balance on the Edge of Language?

17+18 February 2017 / 10:30-17:00  /  130,10 Euro (110,- excl.VAT) / Amsterdam

To reserve your place in the workshop:

  1. send us an e-mail via 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

We are looking forward to dive with you in this endlessly fascinating research of voices, words and music!

One thought on “THE EDGE OF LANGUAGE – 17+18 February 2018

  1. Ha Thomas,

    Ik kies de twee workshops in februari en mei, in plaats van de vrijdagochtenden. Ik was zo geïnspireerd de laatste keer toen we twee dagen achter elkaar hebben gewerkt. Het mag wat mij betreft op één factuur als dat voor jullie makkelijker is.

    Hartelijke groet en alvast fijne dagen.


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