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 Genetic Choir Ensemble will be involved in this Saturday’s “Resonance Lab” concert @Roest in Amsterdam, and you are invited as well – either as an active singer, or as audience in the evening (read below).
The same invitation to participate as a singer/soundmaker goes for 10 & 11 October 2015: a 24 hour vocal concert in Muziekgebouw aan het Ij…!
The “Resonance” concerts are an initiative of Merlijn Twaalfhoven to gather Dutch voice practitioners, choirs and vocal groups who are interested in new/unusual use of voice and improvisation. Both 6 June and 10/11 October are durational events where audience can move in an out at their own wish: a 4 hour concert this Saturday and a 24 hour (!) concert in October.
In a certain sense, 6 June is a try-out/experiment with (+/- 120 singers) for the 10/11 October event that will have even more singers, including Het Nederlands Kamerkoor.
It would be great to do a whole Genetic Choir section in the October event, which for the rest probably contains mainly more mainstream (pop/classical) music. 🙂 Therefore we are calling for any singers who ever have been to a Genetic Choir workshop:
Do you want to be part of the singing event in October? Please let us know, so we can see how big a ‘Genetic Choir’ we can gather for 10/11 October. (write a comment to this post or contact us here.)
This Saturday, 6 June, performers of the Genetic Choir Ensemble will sing parts of the concert at Roest, and Thomas Johannsen will propose a polyrhythm experiment with all singers who are present.
You can come and listen (concert starts at 19:00 and entrance is free/donation based).
You can also come as individual singer and join the whole event (worskhops in the morning from 11:00, try-outs and active part in the concert later in the day): Sign up on Merlijn Twaalfhoven’s website here.
6 June 2015
Van Gendthallen next to Roest, Amsterdam
11:00-19:00 workshops/try-outs for all participating singers
19:00-23:00 concert, open for audience
10 (&11) October 2015
Muziekgebouw aan het Ij, Amsterdam
22:00 until next day, 22:00
A performance/concert at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam which will feature two of our singers in a setting that could have been brewn in the Genetic Choir kitchen:
5 singers and 4 dancers create a full evening Instant Composition performance (two times 40 minutes) without any score or script.
It’s an initiative of Sandra Pujols and Michael Schumacher who are the curators of this a capella Monday Match edition. Next to Genetic Choir singers Rutger de Groot and Thomas Johannsen they asked Ainara Garcia Navarro, Job Cornelissen, Madeline Harms, Heike Jakob & Cora Schmeiser to join them for this dance/voice encounter at the Bimhuis.
Monday, 13 April 2015 / Time: 20:30 / Bimhuis, Piet Heinkade 3, Amsterdam
(thanks to the Bimhuis who keeps supporting the dance+music impro scene in Amsterdam with these monthly performance labs in their lovely concert venue!)
And the amazing Emese Csornai will improvise with us from behind the lights. Be there!
Composing vocal music in the amazing super-echo environment of an abandoned silo, in the former harbour of Amsterdam.
This is what the Genetic Choir did last month and here is the first of a number of instant compositions we recorded there. ( Maybe a new CD in the making…? )
Many thanks to
Jakub Kupikowski for the suggestion
Carolien Zwirt for the connection
and AMVEST for the permission and opportunity
Next week Wednesday, October 24th, the Genetic Choir will sing a concert with a one-time orchestra and the instant composition conducting of Michael Fischer (Vienna Improvisers Orchestra, Austria).
“Connected For Lift-Off” – signs & wonder(ing)
We will perform in the second part of the evening, at 21:00. There’s a great improvisers duo at 20:00. Here the full info:
Wednesday 24th, 2012 – 20h and 21h – TABULA RASA @ Maarten Lutherkerk – Entrance free, donations welcome.
20:00 DUO Mayas – Altman
Laura Altman (AU): Clarinet
Magda Mayas(DE): piano
scene since 2007, playing with groups such as The Splinter Orchestra and
Prophets, and collaborating with Australian improvisers including Jim Denley,
Dale Gorfinkel and Peter Farrar. Her delicate clarinet playing suggests a new
way of thinking about the instrument – one doesn’t have the impression of ‘the
clarinet’, more a set of frequencies and ambiguities from her direction. Laura
has toured internationally in 2009 with the Netherlands-based quartet
Laura is also a composer, and is currently co-director and co-curator of the
NOW now Series and Festival of Spontaneous Music, based in Sydney
Developing a vocabulary utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts
of the piano, using preparations and objects, she explores textural, linear and
fast moving sound collage.
Lately she has also focused on the clavinet, an electric piano from the 60s
with strings and metal chimes, where she engages with noise and more
visceral sound material, equally extending the instrumental sound palette
using extended techniques and devices.
Current projects are “Spill”, a duo with drummer Tony Buck, a duo with
Anthea Caddy (cello), a duo with Christine Abdelnour (sax), “Great Waitress”,
a trio with Monika Brooks (acc) and Laura Altman (cl) and different
collaborations with Andy Moor, Clayton Thomas and Peter Evans.
Magda Mayas has performed and toured in Europe, the USA, Australia and
Lebanon and collaborated with many leading figures in improvisation and
composers such as John Butcher, Peter Evans, Annette Krebs, Phill Niblock,
Andrea Neumann, Axel Dörner, Thomas Lehn and Tristan Honsinger.
Connected for lift off
Gabrielle Barros Martins
Peter HuberMaaike van de Westhering, Tom Goldhand, Suzan Lemont: dance
José Rodrigues Gomes: recorders, bass dulcian
Laura Altman: clarinet
Christian Ferlaino: alto sax
Felicity Provan: trumpet
Jori van Cranenburgh: violin
James Hewitt: violin
Guillermo Celano: guitar
Marko Bonarius: double bass
Jeen Raabs: guitar
Magda Mayas: piano
Marcos Baggiani: drums
Michael Fischer: instant composition conductingThis is the first and only encounter of this group of artists gathered, searching for unheard and unseen connections, enriching and uplifting textures, the depth and the wideness, the music is based on free improvisation, hand-signs will organize the performance. Everything emerges out of the moment, even most of us will meet the others the first time ever at MLK this evening. Wish you were here joining us at the unexpected, enjoying this moment in time.
Michael Fischer works as musician-composer at the interface of improvised, new music, noise, soundscapes, on saxophone, violin, CD-players, conducted instant compostions, on sound of speech within musical textures and their structural implications, since 1999 including the electro-acoustic phenomenon feedback. He has collaborated with John Edwards, Mark Sanders, Hilary Jeffery, Marcos Baggiani, Michael Vatcher, Atsuhiro Ito, Irene Schweizer, William Parker, Denis Charles, Felicity Provan, Joao Castro Pinto, Daisuke Terauchi a.m.o. as well as artists in literature focus on experimental poetry, performance/dance, visual arts. In 2005 he launched the Vienna Improvisers Orchestra. As an instant composition conductor he works with improvising orchestras for festivals in Europe and Japan, also giving lectures and workshops. http://m.fischer.wuk.at
Friday, 14 September – 10:00 to 17:00 – Amsterdam
More info, click here
Costs: 60 Euro + VAT 19% (71,40 Euro)
this Sunday is another Genetic Choir session, open to all singers from the Genetic Choir pool of soundmakers.
Title of the session: THE SAME
Inspired by my work at the moment around the theme ‘Doppelgänger’, we will look at the fantastically weird ways in which things can be “one and the same” in voice improvisation. I am totally hooked at the moment to this phenomenon. It’s the evil twin of the copy work we apply more often, and actually points at a mysterious connection where two (or more) voices that are on the surface not at all identical in what they are doing can be very much “the same” or doubles of each other. Creepy, he?
Explore it with me next Sunday,
2 October 2011 from 13:30-17:30
Place: Circuswerkplaats Boost
After that, the next session will be on 4 December 2011, 13:30-17:30 at Studio Wladiwostok (Azartplein, Amsterdam)
see you on Sunday,