Bodies and Breda: two Genetic Choir workshops in March

Two workshops, in Breda and in Amsterdam, are coming up for you to join!

In Breda, there is a one-day voice workshop, with the pioneer Genetic Choir singers who started gathering in the South of the Netherlands. (one of two workshops planned, the other one is on 26 May, but you can inscribe seperately)

You are very welcome to dip your toes into the free improvisation experience, even if you have no experience with Genetic Choir singing. More info, click here

17 March 2019, 11:00-17:00  /  73 euro  /  Breda

To inscribe for 17 March, use this payment link:
https://useplink.com/payment/63nVsvtCGc9dTf6V8QKz
+ send an email with your name and tel.number to workshops@genetic-choir.org

In Amsterdam, we are looking forward to the SPACE SOUND BODIES weekend, which will be a new venture into instant composition performance from the double perspective of both singers and dancers. No specific background required, we only need your curiosity for using your voice and body in new ways. More info, click here.

23 + 24 March 2019 / 10:30-17:00  /  133,10 euro / Amsterdam

To inscribe for 23+24 March, use this payment link:
https://useplink.com/payment/WucJpxV7CGxgCT6tNkBP
+ send an email with your name and tel.number to workshops@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.

Continue reading “Instant Poetry and Vocal Music – 11+12 February”

Workshops in 2017

28+29 January 2017 – RESONANCE & VOICE TEXTURES

a Genetic Choir workshop

(1) resonance_originalThe voice is a special system in our body – it is eager to learn and it reacts to its own sounds. By opening your ears alone, your voice can learn to become more free and resonant.

This workshop will improve your voice by focussing for one weekend on the aspects of sound that are often overlooked: resonance, texture, timbre, overtones. Whatever level of experience you are at, this work will increase your singing skill: Beginners will be surprised about the round and resonant sound that their voice will gain, and the ease of singing that comes with it. Experienced and professional singers will improve their ability to do precision-work in this area: Using timbre and textures to compose music, solo and ‘en groupe’. How to create both soothing carpets of sound and grinding dissonant cluster-chords. How to develop the music together, how to dissolve your voice in a sea of sounds, but also make clearly defined choices and go your own way, if you are inclined to.

Continue reading “Workshops in 2017”

How Genetic Choir work lands in Hiroshima… 

After our tour to Japan, we received this engaging impression from one of the Japanese participants of the Creative Music Festival: 


wp-1476384771751.jpgA Personal Report on Creative Music Festival 2016

 
by Hiko (Nobuhiko Itani)
http://itani0314.blogspot.nl/

 
Wonderful 2 day festival in Hiroshima! The hall was always filled with good atmosphere that made participants positive and creative. I had lots of precious experiences during the festival. All events in the program, including Genetic Choir’s performances, workshops, a lecture, a symposium, and a concert were really impressive and meaningful to me.
 

1. First of all, I was deeply moved by the opening performance by Genetic Choir (GC). It was exciting experience for me to witness the genesis of sounds and music.
 

2. Two workshops by Mr. Thomas Johannsen (the leader of GC) were really joyful and meaningful. I learned a lot not only from Thomas but also from other participants. It was most impressive to me that I felt silence as substantial when all of us closed our eyes, kept long tones, and listened to the silence in the wave of sound. I was excited to feel that the silence had a color, weight, texture, and density.

 
3. It was also wonderful experience for me to take part in the “Stage” workshop navigated by Mr. Daisuke Terauchi. It’s a really splendid idea to “do anything you want to do!” It was interesting to see that there was a harmony on the stage while each participant did what he/she wanted to do. I found it joyful to watch people doing what they want to do.

 
1-dsc048924. In the symposium, I was impressed with some ideas, especially ones shared between Thomas and Kristien. Thomas said that GC tries to accept everyone who wants to take part in the choir. (I’m not sure if GC welcomes everyone as its member. Maybe he just referred to the case in GC’s workshops.) Kristien added that when she finds it uncomfortable to sing along with a newcomer, it is a good opportunity to search for a new way to make the choir more interesting. Thomas and Kristien share the idea that they can and should learn from newcomers and even from beginners. Even when it seems that a newcomer is not good at singing, they try to find something special in his/her singing. I think that GC regards diversity, individuality, and relationship among people as the most important elements of creativity.

 
1-dsc049565. In concert, the last event of CMF2016, all the participants performed on the stage, sometimes with the members of GC. Most participants bravely tried to do what they had never done. Everybody on the stage was really beautiful because of the big challenge.
 

It was amazing experience for me to perform with GC and other participants. Ralph, Tanaquil, Thomas, Monica, and I improvised a children’s song. I was so happy that I saw everything in the hall was shining. The closing performance by GC was also wonderful. The members invited the audience onto the stage during the performance. We all were free to sing, to shout, to chant, to dance, and to chat, but there was a harmony on the stage: a harmony that originates in disharmony. It was touching to me that the light on the stage and the darkness on the seats for the audience overlapped with each other and created beautiful scenery.

9 days in Japan… 

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.

Genetic Choir Ensemble facebook page (with a.o. the Japan Journey day-by-day journal )

(the page is accessible even if you are not on facebook)

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More detailed reports will follow! 

Genetic Choir on International Computer Music Conference

logo_icmc2016As a new result of the Loop-Copy-Mutate project, the Genetic Choir has been invited to ICMC 2016 in Utrecht, this September 12th-16th.

The International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) is the largest, most established international conference for music practitioners working with digital technologies. It is a travelling annual conference, currently in its 42nd edition, which gathers leading researchers, practitioners and artists from around the world working in the academia, industry, or independently in a variety of fields – a.o. music and sound art, interactive art, performance, musicology, human-computer interaction, computer science and engineering. This year back in the Netherlands (after 30 years), it is organised by Gaudeamus Muziekweek and HKU University of Arts, Utrecht.

If you would like to read the article that won us the interest of this conference, look here.

With the prospect of beginning programming work on the listening software for the Loop-Copy-Mutate project in August 2016, we intend to hold a hands-one workshop on ICMC2016 for SuperCollider programmers and other interested people, featuring Genetic Choir singers and our own programming team.

We will update you closer to the time with more detailed information.

Tickets for the conference can be bought here.

 

 

Sing with us in the Muziekgebouw!

The Genetic Choir will sing a concert at sunrise in the Muziekgebouw aan het Ij in Amsterdam on

Sunday morning, October 11th, 2015

and you are invited to sing with us!

muziekgebouw schemeringThe concert is part of the 24h Resonance concert, curated by Merlijn Twaalfhoven, with the motto to experience the power of music and support active music making – together – beyond the common separation of amateurs and professionals. Merlijn gave various entrepreneurs of the voice a Carte Blanche to fill an hour or two with their approach to vocal music in this 24 hour non-stop concert.

From 7am to 8am, the moment when the night ends and the light returns in the all-glass foyer of the Muziekgebouw overlooking the water, the Genetic Choir Ensemble will lead an instant composition concert titled “Sounds of the City / De ontwakende stad”.
Subsequently, from 8-9:30am, Genetic Choir singer Yinske Silva will curate a concert of World Music, with singers and songs from every corner of the world. At 9:30, the Genetic Choir Ensemble will join the world music singers to culminate the morning into an instant composed all-genres&styles musical climax. It will be grand, it will be crazy & it will be beautiful!  🙂

 

(1) Foto Resonance in Actie Yinske en Thomas resonance_060615_annesmeets_16Here’s how you can join:

To be part of the 7am-8am “Sounds of the city” concert:

There will be a special rehearsal for the concert on

October 9th (Friday) from 15:00-17:00

in q-factory, Amsterdam

If the Genetic Choir way of working is well-known to you and you’ve recently worked with us in a session or workshop, then joining this rehearsal is sufficient for joining the concert as a singer. If you think this applies to you, please send an e-mail to thomas@genetic-choir.org or react via the Contact page to announce your wish to be part of this.

If you are new to the Genetic Choir, or haven’t worked with us recently, Thomas Johannsen will give a special workshop that you can join on

October 3rd (Saturday), from 10:00-16:00

in Studio Wladiwostok, Amsterdam

The workshop is low priced (Euro 48,40) to make the concert accessible for anyone interested, and still make sure everyone is well-prepared. Inscribe to it by following this link to the concert description and clicking the button “Workshop” in the middle of the (Dutch language) webpage. (Alternatively, you can also follow this direct link to inscribe)

Anyone is welcome to join us in the Muziekgebouw concert between 7 and 8am, whatever your experience and background!  You just need to be able to come on both October 3rd and 9th, for the workshop and the rehearsal.

 

To also be part of the World Music concert with Yinske Silva:

Follow this link to read more and give yourself up. Then come to her rehearsal on September 26th, 10:00-15:00

 

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to ask!

Call for singers: “Resonance Lab” concerts 6 June and 10/11 October

Foto Roest loods overview locatie Resonance 6 juniThe Genetic Choir Ensemble will be involved in this Saturday’s “Resonance Lab” concert @Roest in Amsterdam, and you are invited as well – either as an active singer, or as audience in the evening (read below).

The same invitation to participate as a singer/soundmaker goes for 10 & 11 October 2015: a 24 hour vocal concert in Muziekgebouw aan het Ij…!

The “Resonance” concerts are an initiative of Merlijn Twaalfhoven to gather Dutch voice practitioners, choirs and vocal groups who are interested in new/unusual use of voice and improvisation. Both 6 June and 10/11 October are durational events where audience can move in an out at their own wish: a 4 hour concert this Saturday and a 24 hour (!) concert in October.

In a certain sense, 6 June is a try-out/experiment with (+/- 120 singers) for the 10/11 October event that will have even more singers, including Het Nederlands Kamerkoor.

It would be great to do a whole Genetic Choir section in the October event, which for the rest probably contains mainly more mainstream (pop/classical) music. 🙂 Therefore we are calling for any singers who ever have been to a Genetic Choir workshop:

Do you want to be part of the singing event in October? Please let us know, so we can see how big a ‘Genetic Choir’ we can gather for 10/11 October. (write a comment to this post or contact us here.)

E-Flyer Resonance 6 juni in RoestThis Saturday, 6 June, performers of the Genetic Choir Ensemble will sing parts of the concert at Roest, and Thomas Johannsen will propose a polyrhythm experiment with all singers who are present.

You can come and listen (concert starts at 19:00 and entrance is free/donation based).

You can also come as individual singer and join the whole event (worskhops in the morning from 11:00, try-outs and active part in the concert later in the day):  Sign up on Merlijn Twaalfhoven’s website here.

 

6 June 2015

Van Gendthallen next to Roest, Amsterdam

11:00-19:00 workshops/try-outs for all participating singers

19:00-23:00 concert, open for audience

10 (&11) October 2015

Muziekgebouw aan het Ij, Amsterdam

22:00 until next day, 22:00

Time passes slowly… a Genetic Choir workshop coming up!

bd_georgeThere are many ways to look at time and rhythm, but we like the idea that it is in essence the musicians’ ability to create a certain type of time with their music, and to connect – in differing or same times – with 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 all workshops is here.
        

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

SPACE / SOUND / BODIES, Utrecht

21+22 March 2015  

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.

“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 Genetic Choir workshop is in collaboration with Dans Improvisatie Utrecht

OLD SONGS, NEW SONGS

Family Radio Living Room_well-known-songComing weekend, we will wrestle with singing old songs and creating new ones…!

17+18 JANUARY 2015 – OLD SONGS, NEW SONG

The two-day session will combine our knowledge of instant composition with the phenomena/skill of “singing a song” and melt it together in one weekend. You can either come with a prepared song or completely blank, and we will workshop how to integrate different styles of song-singing into Genetic Choir improvisations. Those who want to purely improvise will be challenged with the task of solo improvising and story-telling (a song is more than an abstract sound-carpet). And those who like to work with their existing song will be taken on journeys of non-idiomatic ensemble improvisations with it. 🙂

The workshop brings together all the experience the Genetic Choir has gathered earlier in Melody Makers, the Well-known-song workshops and the research on Phrasing.

           
Two full days, 10:30-17:00  /  110,- exBTW (130,10 incl.)   /  Amsterdam
If you would like to join, send us a message through the Contact page.        

5 & 6 July: Melody Makers workshop

MelodyMakersCarousel_2014Melodies are the storytellers of music. Just start singing a few notes and instantly there is a feeling/atmosphere, the beginning and clear promise of a much longer story. Melodies are also playful creatures, meaning that in bigger numbers they tend to swirl around each other, being looped and copied and transposed, creating ever-new relations and mixed identities, transforming to totally different music or ending in beautiful silences.

 
In this Genetic Choir weekend workshop, we look at how we use melodies in improvisation singing. Voice work and rhythm will feature along the way, but the focus is on weaving melodies and story. Continue reading “5 & 6 July: Melody Makers workshop”

Singing with Resonant Voices – 15 & 16 February

A workshop on improvising with voice colours and resonance

The voice is a special system in our body – it is eager to learn and it reacts to its own sounds. By opening your ears alone, your voice can learn to become more free and resonant.

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This workshop will improve your voice by focussing for one weekend on the aspects of sound that are often overlooked: resonance, texture, timbre, overtones. Whatever level of experience you are at, this work will increase your singing skill: Beginners will be surprised about the round and resonant sound that their voice will gain, and the ease of singing that comes with it. Experienced and professional singers will improve their ability to do precision-work in this area: Using timbre and textures to compose music, solo and ‘en groupe’. How to create both soothing carpets of sound and grinding dissonant cluster-chords. How to develop the music together, how to dissolve your voice in a sea of sounds, but also make clearly defined choices and go your own way, if you are inclined to.

In the cold month of February a workshop that will warm you up from the inside and get your whole body to resonate!

Eager to participate? Let us know by sending us a message via the form below.

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Description in Dutch:

Een improvisatie workshop over resonantie, kleur en textuur van je stem

De stem is een natuurlijk systeem in ons lichaam – het is leergierig en reageert op zijn eigen klank. Door je oren te openen naar de meer verborgen aspecten van klank, leert je systeem. De stem wordt daardoor flexibeler én preciezer in het zingen en kan zich vrijer ontplooien.

In deze workshop verdiep je je stemgebruik op de gebieden van klank die soms over het hoofd worden gezien: resonantie, klanktextuur, timbre, boventonen. De workshop sluit aan op alle niveaus van ervaring: Beginners zullen verbaasd zijn over de ‘volheid’ die hun stem zal ontwikkelen en de moeiteloosheid van zingen vanuit het luisteren naar klanktextuur. Gevorderden en professionals ontwikkelen hun vaardigheid tot precisiewerk op dit gebied: Timbre en resonanties/boventonen gericht inzetten in klank-composities, solo en ‘en groupe’. Waar richt je je op als improvisator in dit specifieke gebied van muziek? Hoe werk je samen zodat naast zalvende klanktapijten ook schurende dissonante cluster-akkoorden onderdeel van de composities kunnen zijn, en waar ontwikkel je een improvisatie samen naartoe? Hoe houd je je eigen noorden in een zee van klank, zodat je zowel kan oplossen in het geheel maar ook je eigen koers kan varen, mocht je dat willen?

In de wintermaand februari een verwarmende workshop die je hele lichaam zal laten resoneren!

Zin om mee te doen? Schrijf ons een bericht via het formulier beneden.

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Workshop Resonance and Voice Textures

Date: 15 & 16 February 2014
Times: 10:00-17:00 (Saturday & Sunday)
Participation: 110 Euro excl. BTW

The Edge of Language – workshop

Upcoming is a special Genetic Choir workshop about the exciting and confusing no-mans land between language and sound, words and music.

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?

language_edge_closerIt 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. 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?

Two full days, 10:30-17:00  /  110,- exBTW (133,10 incl.)   /  Amsterdam

Current dates: look on the Workshop Page.

N.B.: Although workshop language will be English and/or Dutch, you are encouraged to work in your own mother tongue during the exercises and improvisations.

Een workshop over de momenten waar klank overgaat in taal en vice versa. De workshop is in het Nederlands en/of in het Engels, afhankelijk van de taal van de deelnemers. Voor de oefeningen en improvisaties kun je sowieso altijd werken in je moedertaal.

   

  

workshop coming up: Melody Makers

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Melodies are the storytellers of music. Just start singing a few notes and instantly there is a feeling/atmosphere, the beginning and clear promise of a much longer story. Melodies are also playful creatures, meaning that in bigger numbers they tend to swirl around each other, being looped and copied and transposed, creating ever-new relations and identities with each other, transforming to totally different music or ending in beautiful silences.
In this Genetic Choir workshop, we look at how we use melodies in improvisation singing. Voice work and rhythm will feature along the way, but the focus is on weaving melodies and story. How do you go about it, as an improvisation singer? How do you make it personal and how does ‘meaning’ evolve? But also: how do you work together with other singers?
The Genetic Choir approach ensures that you don’t need any particular background to be able to join this workshop. Any level of experience and/or musical styles are welcome.

Genetic Choir workshop – Melody Makers

29th & 30th of June 2013 – informatie in het Nederlands, klik hier

10:00-17:00 both days  –  110,- Euro (excl. VAT)

More information and inscription: Send a message through the form below.

photo by Oxyman

[GFDL, CC-BY-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Improvisation & Sound textures this weekend

Resonant_voices_v2One last spot available in the workshop coming weekend:

16+17 February 2013:  Genetic Choir workshop + Resonance / Sound Textures

10:00-17:00 both days / 110,- excl. BTW (130,90 Euro)

Saturday will be the general Genetic Choir work: Discover and explore the wider possibilities of your voice, gain freedom in improvising and working together with other singers: Voice work, melodies, resonance & rhythm…

  
On Sunday a deeper investigation into Resonance and Sound Textures: Whether singing in harmony or in disharmonical blissful sound textures, how can we work with sound ‘quality’ and resonance? How can we hear sound more subtely and make the collective sound stronger? How to play with the ‘edges of sound’ individually and in interaction with your fellow singers, while singing improvisation pieces? (more info on the theme, see also the previous workshop post “Resonant Voices” (click here)

All levels of experience are welcome!

Send us your details via the contact page if you’d like to be part of the workshop:  click here