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.

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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.

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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.