Sunrise concert – 24h Resonance

Sunise Concert 24h Resonance with Merlijn Twaalfhoven

11 October 2015, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Amsterdam

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For the morning of 11 October 2015, Merlijn Twaalfhoven asked Thomas Johannsen to create a Genetic Choir concert for sunrise in the special architecture of Muziekgebouw aan het IJ in Amsterdam.






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Motto of this full hour of Genetic Choir music was “The City Awakes”.

From surprising the audience with torches and whispers to the movie-like scenes on the outside stairs and later with everyone on the 1st balcony of the foyer – it was an unexpectedly satisfying hour of music and visuals.

With a big thanks to dance performers Makiko Ito, Bettina Neuhaus and Johnny Schoofs for instant composing these moments with us!










Afterwards, the Genetic Choir participated in the ‘World Music block’ that was curated by Yinske Silva. The various collaborations with the professional singers of that block lay the foundation for working with them further in our “Church Songs for the 21st Century” concert on 4 december 2015.

All this was part of a 24 hour event of vocal music: 24h Resonance

photo credits: Poike Stomps