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Melk bij de wijn: Genetic Choir & De Vorlesebühne

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 vorlesebuhne@gmail.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 vorlesebuhne@gmail.com
Entrance to the windmill via bridge Floresstraat.

Coming up next week: our yearly EDGE OF LANGUAGE workshop

language_edge_closer On 17+18 February (next weekend), we will delve again into words and language in vocal improvising.

4 places still available as we write…

THE 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, 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?

17+18 February 2017 / 10:30-17:00  /  130,10 Euro (110,- excl.VAT) / Amsterdam

To reserve your place in the workshop:

  1. send us an e-mail via
    workshops@genetic-choir.org with your
    – name (and account owner from where you made the payment)
    – telephone number
  2. please transfer the workshop fee by clicking this payment link

We are looking forward to dive with you in this endlessly fascinating research of voices, words and music!

Good memories of 2017, new plans for 2018!

A Happy New Year to everyone!

What a year this has been… We never did a project the size of Loop-Copy-Mutate before, which was an immense adventure, but also hugely rewarding in the experiences we were able to give to so many people. If you haven’t seen it, watch below the film of the Amsterdam Central Station concerts.

 

But you might not have noticed:

Of the 12 performances that the Genetic Choir gave in 2017, five were not at all Loop-Copy-Mutate concerts. If you are curious what else we did, have a look in our Concert Archive.

It was an amazing year, in which we made a lot of new friends and spread the gospel of deep listening and free improvisation music everywhere we went.

and 2018 …?

  • We start the Genetic Choir year on the 12th of January with new Friday morning sessions of Genetic Choir singing (fixed group, every two weeks, eight times). If you would still like to join, click for more information here.
  • We have a Language workshop coming up and a Space/Sound/Bodies workshop.
  • We will have a new collaboration with our friends of the Vorlesebuhne Utrecht on 17 March 2018. Title of the evening with poets, writers and Genetic Choir singers will be “Melk bij de Wijn” (the farmers edition).

and…

  • We are preparing a trilogy of new Church Songs for the 21st Century concerts, to follow up and deepen the themes and collaborations that we initiated in the first two concerts in 2015 and 2016. Research and preparations for this will comprise a good part of our coming year.
    With this new trilogy, the Genetic Choir will create three different concerts under the title (Non)Corpus which will explore the mystical relationship between the physical and the non-phyisical, and the relationship between age-old spiritual traditions in music making and improvisation.

    The first (Non)Corpus concert is planned for November/December 2018.

And of course, we don’t know what else the future will bring…  🙂

Have great year. Take care of yourself and of the ones around you!

We are looking forward to see you, sing with and for you, and be warmly inspired by your presence whenever you will be with us.

SPACE / SOUND / BODIES – 26 + 27 May 2018

Our body, the space around us and our 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 is the focus for these two days with the Genetic Choir Ensemble in May.

SPACE / SOUND / BODIES

a Genetic Choir workshop

The workshop is welcoming everyone who doesn’t mind moving and using their voice. Although most of the group will be comprised of experienced Genetic Choir members and performers, you are welcome with any degree of experience.

We will find that being in relationship opens the voice, whether that relationship is with objects, architecture, or other bodies.  Any type of space – imaginative and concrete – can have profound influence on our sound and music. Everyday life trains us not to be too influenced by spatial and bodily relationships, but for improvisers this is where the magic happens in live performance.

In these two days we will give this interdependence all our attention, so that we can play with it, be moved and surprised and use space, voices and bodies to their fullest ability.

26 + 27 May 2018 / 10:30-17:00  /  130,10 Euro (110,- excl.VAT) / Amsterdam

To reserve your place in the workshop:

  1. send us an e-mail via
    workshops@genetic-choir.org with your
    – name (and account owner from where you made the payment)
    – telephone number
  2. please transfer the workshop fee by clicking this payment link

You can cancel your place in the workshop until 6 weeks before and then receive your inscription fee back in full.

Looking forward to play with you in that wondrous space between sound and bodies!

Other Genetic Choir workshops? Look here.

Loop-Copy-Mutate in Leeuwarden

Last opportunity to take part in our Loop-Copy-Mutate project in 2017!

This December, we invite you to join us in an exploration of the city of Leeuwarden through sound. We will offer a series of guided soundwalks and a concert in collaboration with Media Art Festival and Freeze Festival.

_D3S5028Friday, 15 Dec:

16:30 soundwalk 1 (Media Art Friesland – Snekertrekweg 1, 8912 AA Leeuwarden)

20:30 soundwalk 2 (de Neushoorn (as part of Freeze Festival) – Ruiterskwartier 41, 8911 BP Leeuwarden)

Saturday, 16 Dec:

12:00 soundwalk 3 (de Neushoorn)

18:00 concert (de Neushoorn)

Free admission for all events, but places limited. Reserve your place by sending an email to lcm@genetic-choir.org

More information: https://geneticchoir.wordpress.com/loop-copy-mutate/

 

THE EDGE OF LANGUAGE – 17+18 February 2018

language_edge_closerA workshop about the moments when music becomes language and words become sound.

THE 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, 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?

17+18 February 2017 / 10:30-17:00  /  130,10 Euro (110,- excl.VAT) / Amsterdam

To reserve your place in the workshop:

  1. send us an e-mail via
    workshops@genetic-choir.org with your
    – name (and account owner from where you made the payment)
    – telephone number
  2. please transfer the workshop fee by clicking this payment link

We are looking forward to dive with you in this endlessly fascinating research of voices, words and music!

Sounds from deep under the earth

Connecting with Genetic Choir’s interest in environmental sounds turned vocal, have a look at this splendid project where Mikhail Karikis made a mine workers choir reproduce the sounds they heard while working deep down in the mines.

With thanks to Michiel & Renate of Soundtrackcity.nl who pointed us to it!