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“Echo: Labyrinth” – six Genetic Choir concerts in Amstelpark this June!

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Labyrinth_by_snugsomeoneOn a sunny afternoon in Amstel Park you are unexpectedly invited to join a guided tour through the lesser known areas of the park. You are curious, so you join the group that has gathered and follow them into the woods. After a labyrinthine route across small paths and non-paths, you finally come to an old stone-walled space that breathes of times gone by. You are asked to wait there and listen. The space seems to echo any sound that is uttered there. Clear echoing transforms into new sounds and musical structures as layers upon layers of echoes are added. A sound labyrinth is constructed as singers create a musical journey to even further-off places. Will the musicians find their way back from the echo-labyrinth of sounds? And where is the path that leads back to the park and the normal world?

 

Echo: Labyrinth

a walk and a concert on location by The Genetic Choir, featuring special guest Mark Alban Lotz on flutes.
       

Saturday 20 June 2015
& Sunday 21 June 2015

three walks+concert each day: 15:00 / 16:15 / 18:00
gathering point: Orangerie, Amstelpark, Amsterdam, NL

 

This performance is made possible in collaboration with Zone2Source and with support of the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.
Illustration courtesy of snugsomeone.

(Dis)connecting the dots II – Bridging music/dance/theatre in Improvisation

Thomas Johannsen:

connecting_dots2_pusteblumen_grey_light3Two Genetic Choir singers are part of this interdisciplinary research project on Thursday afternoons in the centre of Amsterdam.

Come and join us to give us your feedback as audience on 21 May, or to join the research as improviser on 4th of June!

21 May  – 15:30-17:00 – work-in-progress presentation to gather feedback from colleague-improvisers

4 June    – 13:00-17:00 – sharing the research in an open Carpet Session – any improvisers welcome to play/perform with us!

What are the Carpet Sessions? / Where is the studio?  (click here)

Originally posted on Interdisciplinary Instant Composition:

In May last year we had the first edition of “(Dis)connecting the dots”: Looking at the trinity theatre/dance/music in improvisation performance with the question how each discipline differs in their audience’s expectations and their reading of a piece. Questions from the different audience perspectives were:
     
  • What do I enjoy about an improvisation performance or concert?
  • Does it have to make sense for me in order to enjoy it?
  • In which way does it have to make sense? A pure concert usually ‘makes sense’ in a different way than a theatre play or a dance performance does. So how does this work for interdisciplinary performance?
From the makers/performers perspective, we posed the following, related question:
 
  • How concrete and readable should our work be?What should be left unexplained – how opaque, many-layered, confusing or abstract do we like it?
connecting_dots2_pusteblumen_grey_light3Any artist wants his work to be readable…

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With Poet and Dancers on IMPROV XL

The Genetic Choir will perform this Sunday on a freely accessible, big improvisation event in Utrecht:

improvXL_kennedyIMPROV XL

Sunday, 17 May 2015
from 14:00 to 23:00

Stairway to Heaven, Mariaplaats 11 – 12, Utrecht

We are supporting this event with a Genetic Choir performance of 45 minutes at +/- 19:00.

It will be a concert both on our own and in collaboration with dancers and absurd poet Bernhard Christiansen. Later on, we will also invite the audience to sing together with us.

Throughout the whole day, there will be lots of possibilities to join as active improviser of any discipline, including a MegaJam at around 21:00.

Improvisation pianist Freek Zwanenburg gets the credits for organising this massive get-together.

He writes: De enorme kracht van improvisatie wordt nog onderschat, terwijl juist het vermogen tot improviseren een essentieel onderdeel is van de huidige transitie naar nieuwe vormen van samenleven en organiseren. IMPROV XL toont de wereld van mogelijkheden die zich opent als je, met behoud van al je kennis en vaardigheden, in het diepe springt en je intuïtie volgt.

improvXL_bontIMPROV XL is er voor iedereen die gek is op improvisatie, of er graag kennis mee wil maken. Ook beantwoordt het festival aan de behoefte van een groeiende groep kantelaars, vernieuwers en dwarsdenkers om samen te komen, geïnspireerd te worden en in een gezamenlijke flow nieuwe dingen te creëren.”

More info about the event on www.improvxl.nl

Or via this facebook link.

Entrance is: free!

Join at any time throughout the day. :-)

See you there!

Time passes slowly… a Genetic Choir workshop coming up!

bd_georgeThere are many ways to look at time and rhythm, and from a Genetic Choir angle it is in first instance the musician’s ability to ‘create time’ with his music – and in second instance a question of connection: How you are – in time – connected to your fellow performers and the audience. The Genetic Choir ensemble will explore this unusual approach to rhythm and timing in a weekend workshop in June that will be open to anyone interested.

13+14 June 2015  —   RHYTHM AND TIME(ING)

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

 

 
    
More info on workshops is here.

Genesis

Here a freshly mastered track from our upcoming CD “Church Songs for the 21st Century”.

Enjoy!

Invitation to Japan

torii-gate2The Genetic Choir has been invited to be guest artist on CMF – Creative Music Festival in Hiroshima in 2016 !

We would love to accept this beautiful invitation and are now working on extending our tour and forging musical collaborations in other Japanese cities so that a working visit of the Genetic Choir to Japan next year becomes feasible.

Please let us know if you know of people/sponsors who could help make this happen, or if you know of other contemporary music contacts in Japan that we could approach to offer concerts and/or workshops.

For the occasion, we open the Japanese part of this website today:  はこちら(click here)

You can get in contact with us here. Any advice or suggestions are welcome! :-)

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CMFblog_picThe Creative Music Festival (CMF) is a music festival that has been held in Japan every year since 1998.

In past editions, more than 40 guest artists were invited from all over the world to give experimental workshops and concerts. Past guest artists are active in the international forefront, and included the improvising musicians Urs Leimgruber, Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen, Godfried-Willem Raes, Joelle Leandre, Trevor Wishart, Michael Fischer, Makoto Nomura, Koichi Makigami, Yoshihide Otomo, Tomomi Adachi, Akio Suzuki, Dora Video, the improvisation actress Yuri Kinugawa, the artists Tetsuya Umeda, Horio Kanta, etc.

As a music festival CMF focuses on the relationship between music and various adjacent fields – body expression and theatre, fine art, sound art, sociology, etc. Participants therefore come from a wide range of fields: professional musicians, music teachers, amateur musicians, artists, dancers, music therapists, etc.

The composer Yu Wakao organized the festival until CMF2008; since CMF2009 it has been organized by the composer and improviser Daisuke Terauchi.

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Bimhuis concert with singers and dancers

grow_michaelTomorrow evening:
A performance/concert at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam which will feature two of our singers in a setting that could have been brewn in the Genetic Choir kitchen:

5 singers and 4 dancers create a full evening Instant Composition performance (two times 40 minutes) without any score or script.

It’s an initiative of Sandra Pujols and Michael Schumacher who are the curators of this a capella Monday Match edition. Next to Genetic Choir singers Rutger de Groot and Thomas Johannsen they asked Ainara Garcia Navarro, Job Cornelissen, Madeline Harms, Heike Jakob & Cora Schmeiser to join them for this dance/voice encounter at the Bimhuis.

grow_sandraMonday, 13 April 2015 / Time: 20:30 / Bimhuis, Piet Heinkade 3, Amsterdam

Entrance: free!
(thanks to the Bimhuis who keeps supporting the dance+music impro scene in Amsterdam with these monthly performance labs in their lovely concert venue!)

1504.13-MMAnd the amazing Emese Csornai will improvise with us from behind the lights. Be there!