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Bimhuis presents: Genetic Choir’s Loop-Copy-Mutate concerts in Noord/Zuidlijn metro

The ticket sales for our underground concerts on 2 July has started!

The Bimhuis (prime jazz/improvisation venue of Amsterdam) has partnered with the Genetic Choir for presenting our 2 July underground concerts on Amsterdam Central Station, which we are very happy about!

The Loop-Copy-Mutate concerts will take place in the still-closed-for-public new metro station underneath Amsterdam CS. Places are limited and the last concert held there (of the Nederlands Kamer Orkest) was sold out in 24 hours!

Ticket holders for 2 July can join the Soundwalks in June for free. More info here. 

So get your hands on tickets by clicking here, or clicking the ‘Ticket” button on our new frontpage – www.genetic-choir.org.

photo above: view into the new metro station under Amsterdam CS, coined ‘the cathedral – courtesy of Dienst Tram en Metro, Gemeente Amsterdam and photographer Rene Castelijn.

New Website (and new Twitter) for Genetic Choir online!

Dear friends and followers,

there is a

brand new Genetic Choir website

look here: www.genetic-choir.org

We will use it as a ‘front page’ to this Genetic Choir blog on wordpress.com, that you are used to and where all news and deeper information about the choir stays available.

If you want to go there from this blog, you from now on can click above in the menu on “Back to front page”

Twitter-birdWe also started a Genetic Choir Twitter account: If you are on Twitter, follow us via https://twitter.com/geneticchoir


Thanks for your continuing interest in our adventures and ambitions!


NoordZuidlijn / Amsterdam CS Concerts – Genetic Choir presents: Loop-Copy-Mutate

The first flyers are ready for the NoordZuidlijn/Amsterdam Central Station concerts of Loop-Copy-Mutate!

Photographer Rene Castelijn created for us a great picture to go with these concerts.

Read the flyer text below in English.

Of klik voor Nederlands op het plaatje beneden (achterkant flyer).

How musical is Amsterdam’s Central Station?

Fragments of a telephone conversation sing a duet with the soft hum of an escalator. Hurried footsteps, a whistle, and a muffled public address announcement are transformed into a sweet song suddenly drowned out by the roar of roller suitcases.

In its latest concert series Loop-Copy-Mutate: Music from People and Places the Genetic Choir turns the station’s sounds into a choral performance. Underground, in the yet unfinished North-South Line metro station, the choir takes these sounds and – together with the laptop musician Robert van Heumen and programmer Stelios Manousakis – uses them for an instant composition concert: music as vital and unpredictable as the city itself.

In the weeks preceding the concert the Genetic Choir will hold ‘sound walks’ around Amsterdam CS and ask travellers, passers-by, and people from all over the world to listen to the stations’ sounds as if they were a symphony. They will be invited to add their chosen sounds to a musical database. During the concert on 2 July, the public will decide which sounds will be used in the final composition. Loop-Copy-Mutate is a piece of music whose audience is an essential part of the performance.

Want more info about the background of the Loop-Copy-Mutate project?
Click here.

Sound walks (above ground):
4 June, 2.30pm
17 June, 10.30am
25 June, 2.30pm

Try-out concert (@ STEIM):

23 June, 8.30pm

North-South Line concerts (underground):
2 July 2017 – 1pm / 3pm / 7pm / 9pm

Ticket sales open on 22 May. Places will be limited. If you would like to be notified once tickets can be bought, mail us on tickets@genetic-choir.org


Toshikazu Marumachi & Genetic Choir

We met Noh actor Toshikazu Marumachi last September on the Creative Music Festival in Hiroshima and performed with him on the festival. Now he is coming to Amsterdam for a residency at Deshima Air.

He will follow the Material Grooves workshop on 8/9 April as a participant (few places still available, click here).

In the weeks following, Marumachi san will work with Genetic Choir singers and we are looking forward to further research with him the meeting points between Noh technique and Genetic Choir singing.

There’ll be a joint performance on 18 April, 20:30 hours

Place: Dokzaal, Plantage Doklaan 8, Amsterdam

See you there!

Genetic Choir co-hosts international meeting of improvisers – IIIF 0.1 – feel welcome to join!

A new type of festival is happening this week in Amsterdam, and the Genetic Choir is one of the hosts:

IIIF – International Interdisciplinary Improvisation Festival 0.1 – 9-13 March 2017

During this festival an international group of artist from Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Paris and Goteborg will work together intensively for five days, of which the forth day will be hosted by the Genetic Choir, inviting these interdisciplinary artists into a Genetic Choir Ensemble session.

The festival also includes three Open Sessions, which improvers of any discipline can be part of. We will exchange thoughts and approaches to improvisation through a mix of practice, play and reflection.


VoiceLab 4 kids @Splendor Amsterdam

voicelab_15-02-2016_ogen_dicht4Our initiative to reinvent music education for children via Genetic Choir vocal improvisation methods has just received a boost of energy in the form of a new collaboration: VoiceLab 4 kids will work together with Emma Reker’s Splendor Kinderkoor to exchange our working methods and develop this new pedagogy together.

If you have children and you want them to learn singing and being creative the new way, you can send them between March and July 2017 to Splendor (Amsterdam Centre), where they will also be taught in several sessions by VoiceLab/Genetic Choir teachers.

After the summer vacation, the VoiceLab at EesterImps (in Amsterdam East) will continue. More information will follow closer to the summer!

Information/Inscribing for SplendorKinderkoor (March-July2017): click here.

Information/Reserve a place for you kid for VoiceLab from September: click here and/or email voicelab@genetic-choir.org

Instant Poetry and Vocal Music – 11+12 February

Voice enthousiasts and improvisation singers will gather next weekend in the Genetic Choir workshop “Edge of Language”, and there are still a few places open, if you would like to join!

We will explore the exciting realm of “Instant Poetry” as an entrance into vocal music improvisation.

As always, all levels of experience are welcome, and we have a great, committed group already.

language_edge_closerTHE EDGE OF LANGUAGE

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, mix them and change them. 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.