Vocal Instant Composition


Bimhuis presents: Genetic Choir’s Loop-Copy-Mutate concerts in Noord/Zuidlijn metro

The ticket sales for our underground concerts on 2 July has started!

The Bimhuis (prime jazz/improvisation venue of Amsterdam) has partnered with the Genetic Choir for presenting our 2 July underground concerts on Amsterdam Central Station, which we are very happy about!

The Loop-Copy-Mutate concerts will take place in the still-closed-for-public new metro station underneath Amsterdam CS. Places are limited and the last concert held there (of the Nederlands Kamer Orkest) was sold out in 24 hours!

Ticket holders for 2 July can join the Soundwalks in June for free. More info here. 

So get your hands on tickets by clicking here, or clicking the ‘Ticket” button on our new frontpage – www.genetic-choir.org.

photo above: view into the new metro station under Amsterdam CS, coined ‘the cathedral – courtesy of Dienst Tram en Metro, Gemeente Amsterdam and photographer Rene Castelijn.

New Website (and new Twitter) for Genetic Choir online!

Dear friends and followers,

there is a

brand new Genetic Choir website

look here: www.genetic-choir.org

We will use it as a ‘front page’ to this Genetic Choir blog on wordpress.com, that you are used to and where all news and deeper information about the choir stays available.

If you want to go there from this blog, you from now on can click above in the menu on “Back to front page”

Twitter-birdWe also started a Genetic Choir Twitter account: If you are on Twitter, follow us via https://twitter.com/geneticchoir


Thanks for your continuing interest in our adventures and ambitions!


NoordZuidlijn / Amsterdam CS Concerts – Genetic Choir presents: Loop-Copy-Mutate

The first flyers are ready for the NoordZuidlijn/Amsterdam Central Station concerts of Loop-Copy-Mutate!

Photographer Rene Castelijn created for us a great picture to go with these concerts.

Read the flyer text below in English.

Of klik voor Nederlands op het plaatje beneden (achterkant flyer).

How musical is Amsterdam’s Central Station?

Fragments of a telephone conversation sing a duet with the soft hum of an escalator. Hurried footsteps, a whistle, and a muffled public address announcement are transformed into a sweet song suddenly drowned out by the roar of roller suitcases.

In its latest concert series Loop-Copy-Mutate: Music from People and Places the Genetic Choir turns the station’s sounds into a choral performance. Underground, in the yet unfinished North-South Line metro station, the choir takes these sounds and – together with the laptop musician Robert van Heumen and programmer Stelios Manousakis – uses them for an instant composition concert: music as vital and unpredictable as the city itself.

In the weeks preceding the concert the Genetic Choir will hold ‘sound walks’ around Amsterdam CS and ask travellers, passers-by, and people from all over the world to listen to the stations’ sounds as if they were a symphony. They will be invited to add their chosen sounds to a musical database. During the concert on 2 July, the public will decide which sounds will be used in the final composition. Loop-Copy-Mutate is a piece of music whose audience is an essential part of the performance.

Want more info about the background of the Loop-Copy-Mutate project?
Click here.

Sound walks (above ground):
4 June, 2.30pm
17 June, 10.30am
25 June, 2.30pm

Try-out concert (@ STEIM):

23 June, 8.30pm

North-South Line concerts (underground):
2 July 2017 – 1pm / 3pm / 7pm / 9pm

Ticket sales open on 22 May. Places will be limited. If you would like to be notified once tickets can be bought, mail us on tickets@genetic-choir.org


Easter weekend concert

Genetic Choir concert this Easter weekend in Eindhoven!

Sunday, April 16, 15:00, TAC, Vonderweg 1, Eindhoven

Admission: € 5.00

As part of the Buro Beukorkest exhibition: NO WORDS TODAY, we will perform at TAC (Temporary Art Centre).

This try-out concert for Loop Copy Mutate: Music from People and Places uses the work of Fransien Bal and Ilse Vandenbussche to make instant musical compositions. The audience can influence which sounds are incorporated into the concert via sound software and interactions with the singers.



Genetic Choir concert dit paasweekend in Eindhoven!

zondag 16 april, 15:00, TAC, Vonderweg 1, Eindhoven

Entree: € 5,00

In het kader van de expositie van Buro Beukorkest: No Words Today spelen we bij TAC (Temporary Art Centre). Deze try-out van de concertserie Loop-Copy-Mutate: Music from People en Places gebruikt werk van Fransien Bal en Ilse Vandenbussche om muzikale composities ter plekke te laten ontstaan. Het publiek mag via sound software en interactie met de zangers meebeslissen welke klanken in het concert terecht komen.

Toshikazu Marumachi & Genetic Choir

We met Noh actor Toshikazu Marumachi last September on the Creative Music Festival in Hiroshima and performed with him on the festival. Now he is coming to Amsterdam for a residency at Deshima Air.

He will follow the Material Grooves workshop on 8/9 April as a participant (few places still available, click here).

In the weeks following, Marumachi san will work with Genetic Choir singers and we are looking forward to further research with him the meeting points between Noh technique and Genetic Choir singing.

There’ll be a joint performance on 18 April, 20:30 hours

Place: Dokzaal, Plantage Doklaan 8, Amsterdam

See you there!

NO WORDS TODAY – TAC Eindhoven concert

Try-out concert at 3pm on 16 April, TAC Eindhoven

On Sunday, 16 April the Genetic Choir will be a guest at the Eindhoven exhibition NO WORDS TODAY organized by the Temporary Art Centre (TAC). For this try-out concert for our Loop-Cop-Mutate project, a sound database will be created using the work of the artist Fransien Bal (MusiVisualLanguage), who has translated sounds from a variety of Asiatic languages into images on paper, and spoken Dutch texts by the writer Ilse Vandenbussche.

Loop-Copy-Mutate: Music from People and Places is a new project by the Genetic Choir which will yield a year-long series of concerts.  Together with laptop artist Robert van Heumen, programmer Stelios Manousakis, and the public, the choir will transform sampled city sounds into voice and music compositions. Read more about the project.

Genetic Choir co-hosts international meeting of improvisers – IIIF 0.1 – feel welcome to join!

A new type of festival is happening this week in Amsterdam, and the Genetic Choir is one of the hosts:

IIIF – International Interdisciplinary Improvisation Festival 0.1 – 9-13 March 2017

During this festival an international group of artist from Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Paris and Goteborg will work together intensively for five days, of which the forth day will be hosted by the Genetic Choir, inviting these interdisciplinary artists into a Genetic Choir Ensemble session.

The festival also includes three Open Sessions, which improvers of any discipline can be part of. We will exchange thoughts and approaches to improvisation through a mix of practice, play and reflection.

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