The Genetic Choir teams up again with the writer’s collective De Vorlesebühne to present an evening of prose and music at Molen De Ster in Utrecht on Saturday 17 March. An evening of vocal absurdity not to be missed!
You can dine together with the performers from 18:15 inside a historic windmill. Jolanda’s Kitchen prepares a delicious and nutritious three-course menu. Reservation via email@example.com is mandatory, at the latest on Thursday 15th March.
Date: Saturday, 17 March 2018
Time: Dining from 18:15 uur / performance doors open: 19:30, performance begins at 20:00
Place: Molen de Ster, Molenpark 3, Utrecht
Admission: € 12, – (€ 10, – with CJP, U-pass or library card)
Reservations possible via firstname.lastname@example.org
Entrance to the windmill via bridge Floresstraat.
The Genetic Choir Ensemble is right now boarding their plane on Tokyo Narita Airport on their way back to Amsterdam.
What an amazing days it have been!
You can find the on-the-go photo diary of our tour and performances via the link below.
(the page is accessible even if you are not on facebook)
More detailed reports will follow!
Listen to this collaboration of the Genetic Choir with Bulgarian voices Juliette van Dijk and Marielle de Winter (Pauni Trio), resulting in
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– including the Bulgarian christian-orthodox hymn ‘Tebe Poem’ (Dobri Hristov).
Taken from our concert “Church Songs for the 21st Century”, celebrating Genetic Choir’s new CD on 4 December 2015.
Recording credits: Harald Kerres
The Genetic Choir concert tomorrow in Amsterdam will be our biggest to date: About 90 minutes of improvised music with drinks in between and with a line-up of musicians that wouldn’t look bad in any concert hall.
Update: here an impression of the concert we gave…
Come and join us to celebrate the release of our new CD “Church Songs for the 21st Century” with this spectacular line-up of musicians and a 18 singers strong Genetic Choir!
Other than on a common CD launch concert you will not hear any pieces from our album. 🙂 No, only brandnew instant compositions that we create with our guests from places far and near and with the beautiful acoustics of the Obrechtkerk in Amsterdam.
This concert is unrepeatable…
Buy your tickets here or at the door from 19:30.
19:30 doors+bar open / 20:00 concert starts
Address: Obrechtkerk, Jacob Obrechtstraat 30, Amsterdam
Nog voor de officiele release datum van onze nieuwe cd (zie ook het 4 december concert) vroegen we mensen binnen en buiten de muziekwereld naar de cd te luisteren en hun indrukken voor ons op te schrijven.
“Church Songs for the 21st Century toont de stem in al zijn facetten en al zijn dynamiek. Voor een klein uur bevind je je in een andere wereld, vol risico, fantasie en verwondering.”
“(…) Dat vind ik bovenal het beste aan Genetic Choir en deze cd. Je kunt als luisteraar ‘gewoon eens’ onbestemd, zonder te weten wat gaat komen, luisteren zonder te anticiperen. Zoals het verrassingsmenu op de restaurantkaart, dient Church Songs for the 21st Century hapjes in andere en soms zeer onverwachte smaken. ‘Promised Land’ ontaardt geleidelijk in zielensnijdende lamentaties, evenals ‘Sing, Fallen Angels, Sing’, waar de hoge dosis ruis een gevoel van zwaarte en pijn in de luisteraar losmaakt en in ‘Those Who Dug Down Deep’ worden juist de slaande kerkbellen onderdeel van het soundscape. Maar de grootste verrassing zit aan het eind van (het overigens relatief zeer idiomatisch beginnende) ‘Congregation / Entrance of the King’.”
We sent our new CD out prior to its upcoming release (see the 4 december concert), and the first reviews are coming in from colleagues around the globe. This one is from New Zealand born composer Alison Isadora who listened and wrote the following – below some excerpts, the full review can be found here.
“The CD starts with whispering before settling into more melodic phrases with a rhythmic accompaniment. Although we can hear that the choir is singing in a church, the voices are always close to us. There is an immediacy to the voices. As with many of the pieces on this CD, the use of a sense of a constant tonality and the presence of ostinato figures offers support for those listeners who may find the vocal adventures challenging.
In other tracks dense textures break open into jungle-like screams, croaks and gasps. A drone may give continuity within these rich and varied sonic landscapes. Silence may also act as a musical parameter.
In Track 3 I asked myself whether I was listening to an African language or an imagined one. The Genetic choir have developed their own vocabulary – a combination of vowels and consonants which is at once totally believable and yet seductively mysterious. (…)
In other pieces long slow contrapuntal lines coexist with fast ostinato figures. It is fascinating to hear how ideas develop, how melodic lines are shared, inverted and expanded. A melody that starts life as diatonic may move to a microtonal version and back again within the length of a breath.
Throughout the album there is a consistency in melodic material, a predeliction for drones and ostinato figures and a great willingness to explore and accept the richness of sounds a voice can make. We hear how musical ideas are embraced, expanded, developed and varied. This is group improvisation at its best. (…)”
Curious? Come to our magnificent CD release concert in the Obrechtkerk Amsterdam on 4 december –
more info, reserve tickets (and the CD) on this page.
We are starting on a month full of Genetic Choir concerts!
And actually, we are looking at a row of concerts that couldn’t be more diverse. You would think we planned this to showcase the various areas of the performing arts where the Genetic Choir is active (but we didn’t, honestly) 🙂
From the cutting-edge of music programming research to a soundtrack made for a theatre piece , from blending with fine art at a gallery to giving a big Church Concert with Bulgarian singers and organ to celebrate the release of our new CD: Church Songs for the 21st Century.
Take your pick!
in collaboration with Robert van Heumen
Doors open: 19:30 Concert starts: 20:00
STEIM, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam
A puppet/object piece about an ice bear who gets lost on the ocean and ends up in the jungle. The piece is both about the feeling of going on adventure and the longing for home.
With a soundtrack created+sung by the Genetic Choir: all natural noises (pole winds, storms, waves/beach, jungle+apes) are done by human voices, to astonishing results.
For children from 3 years upward. Dutch language skills not required. Reserve tickets here.
Amstelveens Poppentheater, Wolfert van Borsselenweg 85a, Amstelveen
Sunday, 29 November 2015, 16:00
Finissage of the Young Blood Initiatives’ month at Galerie Bart’s former venue: Bart Invites
The Genetic Choir will be reflecting on the exhibition with a special concert. (more info soon on this blog!)
November 29th, 4pm at Bart Invites, Bloemgracht 2, Amsterdam
Friday 4 December 2015, 20:00
We celebrate the release of Genetic Choir’s second album “Church Songs for the 21st Century” with an amazing concert in the Obrechtkerk.
Jacob Obrechtstraat 30, Amsterdam
All our guests will engage with the Genetic Choir in Instant Composition and we will of course work with the special acoustics given by the church.
You can even get a discount if you reserve your ticket together with a CD. Be one of the first to get the new CD on release day! Check out the options to support us for this very special concert: here.