Vocal Instant Composition


Friday Morning sessions from September

GC_concerts_smallUpcoming! Regular singing/composing sessions on Friday mornings from September to December 2015.

We will do it in a two-week rhythm, and the sessions are meant for people who want to come regularly. You commit for a set of 8 sessions, so that we can deepen the work from one session to the next.
No specific singing background is required, just being ready to work intensely and with curiosity from your own voice, blending/contrasting with other voices. (more info on the Genetic Choir method here, other workshop dates are here).

We already have a great group of 8 singers who committed themselves to the dates.

Let us know if you would like to join as well.

PLACE: Studio Wladiwostok, Amsterdam, Java-Eiland.

DATES: every second Friday morning, from 4 September to 11 December 2015:
04-09, 18-09, 02-10, 16-10, 30-10, 13-11, 27-11, 11-12

TIME: 10:00-12:30

COSTS: 192,- euro (excl.VAT / 232,32 incl.gc_workshopcontent_button )

If you have never done a Genetic Choir workshop before, we ask you to do that first. Possibilities are 13/14 June or 13 September. Look here.

Dropping in per single session is only possible for very experienced Genetic Choir people. Get in touch with us first if you would like to make use of that possibility.

We are looking forward to this! If it works for us and you, we will continue it in 2016…   :-)



Exploring Space and Place through Sound

We will be having a two-day session in Utrecht on 21+22 March, looking at Space, Movement and Voice the Genetic Choir way. (want to join? The workshop is almost full, but you can Send us a note to inquire about latest numbers)

21+22 March 2015   —    SPACE / SOUND / BODIES

phrases_stillstbr_4_crop_for_blogIt 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.

The 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.

This is a Genetic Choir workshop in collaboration with Dans Improvisatie Utrecht

Two full days, 10:30-16:30  /  110,- exBTW (130,10 incl.)  /  120 incl.BTW for DI U&A dancers  /   Berenkuil, Utrecht
2 places left as of today. (updated Tuesday, 10 March)

You can inscribe both via the Genetic Choir (send us an e-mail through the Contact page) or via Dans Improvisatie Utrecht

African Women Radio project & Genetic Choir

The Genetic Choir has become part of a compilation release to celebrate World Radio Day 2015 through the project The Women Sing At Both Sides Of The Zambezi.

Listen to this sound snippet remix, featuring Zimbabwean writer Virginia Phiri and a Genetic Choir composition that we created in reaction to her words. Inge van den Kroonenberg made this short but evocative remix using pieces of both recordings.


This piece is part of a bigger project in which ‘sonic correspondence’ has been sought between women in Arts, Culture and Media from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and artists around the world. Practically, it meant that recordings of these women’s voices, talking about issues they feel strongly about, where offered to create musical responses to.

To hear the original words of Virginia Phiri in context, listen here:


Thanks Virginia, for your words, thanks Radio Continental Drift, for spreading them and thanks Inge, for involving us in this and creating this beautiful poststamp composition!

Claudia Wegener from Radio Continental Drift commented on the merging of Genetic Choir voices with Phiri’s words & Inge’s remix talent: “Beautiful take on the spiritual effect of the drum beat on the human soul via the human voice! And teasing it out in a 42 seconds piece! Wonderful project!”

Below the whole compilation of the musical exchanges between Africa and the rest of the world & some more info about this great project (which is still going on and invites more correspondences):



From the website of the project, initiated by Radio Continental Drift:

Radio Correspondence of Women Artists 

a compilation released in celebration of World Radio Day 2015     download MP3 Compilation (51.7 MB; 39minutes; 15 mp3 tracks)


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Genetic Choir – open One Day session on 1st March

GeneticChoir_generictext-white_lasloodsWe’ll have a day of simply celebrating Genetic Choir music with singers old and new, on the first Sunday of March.

Everyone newly interested and/or previously engaged with us is welcome to join!

Date: Sunday, 01 March 2015
Time: 10:30-17:00
Fee: 60,- exBTW (72,60 incl.)
Place: Java-Eiland, Amsterdam

Places are limited.

Let us know if you want to join via the Contact page.

Noise only exists in our minds

microtonal wallFrom noise to music and back, is it a question of the mind and it’s perspective? It certainly is an experience we recognise in the Genetic Choir work: Many voices that are creating a noise-wall of sound will become more musically distinct purely by the joint effort of singers and audience members to listen more closely or changing their listening position.

A new blogpost on the lovely website everydaylistening.com yesterday describes the “Microtonal Wall” of Tristan Perich. And in the description of it makes the above statement: Noise is something which exists in our minds only – we just can’t keep track of all the different things happening at once, so it becomes “noise”. (whole blogpost is here)

The inspiring thing about this aspect of noise/music when talking about live performance is that it creates a much more reciprocal relationship between performers and listeners when instant composing: Singers of the Genetic Choir discover the music at the same time as their audience does. It is a subtle collaboration of all the ears who are present. And while every individual hears something different with his own set of minds/ears, there is also a shared movement from chaos to clarity (and back, maybe) which we don’t do on our own. When we make music that is ‘noise’ based, this is the most apparent. And it is comparable with the experience of the Microtonal Wall:  The audience creates focus and distinction with their listening and the performers react to this – which means that the listeners compose the music together with us.

BE_HACKER – Sound Performance on Friday 30th

Hacker (n.) [originally, someone who makes furniture with an axe].

“A hacker is one who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming and circumventing limitations of programming systems and who tries to extend their capabilities.”  Verna Gehring (2004)

hacker-redCan we ‘hack’ the sounds of a place and turn them into music? Well, that is more or less what the Genetic Choir does. No problem.
In that light, an exciting question for this upcoming performance could be: Can the Genetic Choir hack itself?

January 30th, 2015
4bidGallery, Overtoom 301, Amsterdam 

Coming Friday, the Genetic Choir will give a sound performance in 4bidGallery, Amsterdam. It is part of BE_HACKER, this year’s edition of the MiniKunstFestival.

More info via this facebook link: click here

Concert & Workshop on IMPRO festival

cropped-header-impro-2015Just a reminder that next week we will be on IMPRO Amsterdam with both a late night concert and a workshop.

Tickets usually go very fast on this international festival, and it is their anniversary edition! So if you want to be part of either, be quick: www.impro-amsterdam.nl

LATE NIGHT CONCERTThursday, 29th of January 2015, 22:30 – Compagnietheater Amsterdam

Genetic Choir WORKSHOP: Saturday, 31st of January 2015, 13:00-16:00 – CREA, Amsterdam

Reservation and tickets only via the festival website.