Listen to this collaboration of the Genetic Choir with Bulgarian voices Juliette van Dijk and Marielle de Winter (Pauni Trio), resulting in
Genetic Choir Composition 15120405
– including the Bulgarian christian-orthodox hymn ‘Tebe Poem’ (Dobri Hristov).
Taken from our concert “Church Songs for the 21st Century”, celebrating Genetic Choir’s new CD on 4 December 2015.
Recording credits: Harald Kerres
While the CD launch date – 4 December – is approaching slowly, the new CD’s are already waiting, ready and eager to be listened to and scrutinized! We therefore would like to propose the following:
Receive the brand new “Church Songs for the 21st Century” album before anyone else – and for free – in exchange for writing a preview/review for us about the CD.
Let us know if you are interested in this little swop of goods against activity. If you promise to work your writing skills for us, we will send the CD to you at our own costs, or bring it personally to your door if you live anywhere near another Genetic Choir singer. 🙂
Write an e-mail to getCD@genetic-choir.org if you are interested in this, or get in touch via the Contact Page.
CD launch concert is on the 4th of December 2015 in the Obrechtkerk, Amsterdam!
update: …the first reviews are coming in. Here one of Alison Isadora.
Church Songs for the 21st Century
– the concert –
Friday 4 December 2015 – 20:00
Obrechtkerk, Jacob Obrechtstraat 30
1071 KM Amsterdam
Save that date, as we will have organist-improviser Jacob Lekkerkerker as very special guest and we are planning on having dancers and world music singers as well, to expand on our recent succesful collaboration in the Muziekgebouw concert.
Please support us to make this concert unforgettable by already buying your tickets (5,- Euro p.p.) here. You can also pre-order the CD to be the first to get it on concert day! Check out all the options here.
‘From writings of the Church fathers and other reports, it is unequivocally clear that the rites of worship of the early Christians were marked by a religious ecstasy that manifested itself in unhampered, purely emotional, spontaneous expression. From the earliest time onward there is copious documentary evidence of the extensive part played by improvisation throughout the development of all church music. In vocal music, improvising on all the intervals and internal combinations appearing in Gregorian chant was systematically practised by singers and choirboys. Later, instrumentally, there is evidence that musicians such as the 14th century blind organist Francesco Landini became well-known for their improvising abilities.’
(taken from Derek Bailey: Improvisation, its nature and practice in music (1992, p29)
The evening will be under the spell of Easter: “Het goede brengen van slecht nieuws” (Good ways of bringing bad news) is the theme around which writers and singers will convene. It starts 20:00 in the Houtzaagmolen in Utrecht and it has been rumoured that you can get very nice food before – if you reserve it before Thursday by contacting the Vorlesebühne.
For the happy occasion of this continuing collaboration, listen here to the welcoming piece that was created during the Insects Concert in the Library – our last pairing up with Vorlesebühne writers in November.
The text you hear in this recording was written and read by Hiekelien van den Herik.
After vocally embodying insects, embodying Good News this Saturday will be a piece of cake, of course. Come and listen!
Date: 19 April 2014
Place: Houtzaagmolen De Ster in Utrecht, Molenpark 3
A recent session of the Genetic Choir yielded the piece of music below. Enjoy!
In our ambition in publishing a new recording every month, this more contemporary piece contrasts nicely with the April Melodies of last month.
Upcoming Genetic Choir Events:
22 June 2013 – Genetic Choir @ Lange nacht van kort vreemd proza, Utrecht
26 June 2013 – Genetic Choir @ Tabula Rasa, Amsterdam
29/30 June 2013 – workshop Genetic Choir / theme: “Melody Makers”