First Dutch review of our new CD

More reviews are coming in! This one is for our Dutch followers, from conductor/singer/orchestrator Ruben Smits. (Want to come to our cd release concert on 4 december? Click here.)

Nog voor de officiele release datum van onze nieuwe cd (zie ook het 4 december concert) vroegen we mensen binnen en buiten de muziekwereld naar de cd te luisteren en hun indrukken voor ons op te schrijven.

Nu dus de recensie van dirigent, arrangeur en zanger Ruben Smits. Beneden een uittreksel, de hele review lees je hier.

Genetic Choir Church Songs _ frontVerrassingsmenu van een utopisch ensemble

“Church Songs for the 21st Century toont de stem in al zijn facetten en al zijn dynamiek. Voor een klein uur bevind je je in een andere wereld, vol risico, fantasie en verwondering.”

“(…) Dat vind ik bovenal het beste aan Genetic Choir en deze cd. Je kunt als luisteraar ‘gewoon eens’ onbestemd, zonder te weten wat gaat komen, luisteren zonder te anticiperen. Zoals het verrassingsmenu op de restaurantkaart, dient Church Songs for the 21st Century hapjes in andere en soms zeer onverwachte smaken. ‘Promised Land’ ontaardt geleidelijk in zielensnijdende lamentaties, evenals ‘Sing, Fallen Angels, Sing’, waar de hoge dosis ruis een gevoel van zwaarte en pijn in de luisteraar losmaakt en in ‘Those Who Dug Down Deep’ worden juist de slaande kerkbellen onderdeel van het soundscape. Maar de grootste verrassing zit aan het eind van (het overigens relatief zeer idiomatisch beginnende) ‘Congregation / Entrance of the King’.”

Read the whole review here.


Christmas Song

If we would have called this composition “Holy Night in Bethlehem” and presented it as a Christmas single, it might have made the charts.  🙂  But we didn’t!

Listen here to the closing piece of our new album CHURCH SONGS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY – cd launch concert is on 4 december!

Easily the most harmonic and “straight” piece of music the Genetic Choir has composed to date. (but don’t worry we will keep doing the crazy stuff as well 😉  ) Enjoy!


The CD will be presented next Friday, December 4th, on our marvellous concert night in the Obrechtkerk Amsterdam. Be there or miss out on a one-time musical experience!

More info, CD and ticket reservations: click here.


Concert in Amsterdam this coming Wednesday

After yesterdays long and beautiful night with short, strange prose in Utrecht, we are looking forward to our Tabula Rasa concert, on Wednesday night in Amsterdam!

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presents on

Wednesday, 26th of June 2013 at 21:00
(doors open around 20:00)

Genetic Choir

with special guests: Marije Nie (tap) and Marieke Franssen (flute)

Genetic Choir singers on the night: Yinske Silva, Thomas Johannsen, Petra Pieck, Peter Huber, Monica Coronado, Moira Mirck, Marjolijn Roeleveld, Jeannette Huizinga, Hans Paape, Emiel Zonneveld, Amazone Nativel


Ricardo Tejero (reeds) / Dominic Lash (bass)

all the way from the UK ! /


Tabula Rasa: Improvised Music @ Maarten Luther Kerk – basement
WEDNESDAY, June 26th 2013 – 21:00

Maarten Luther Kerk, Dintelstraat 134, Amsterdam

Free Entrance, Donations Welcomed (beer is cheap!)


workshop coming up: Melody Makers


Melodies are the storytellers of music. Just start singing a few notes and instantly there is a feeling/atmosphere, the beginning and clear promise of a much longer story. Melodies are also playful creatures, meaning that in bigger numbers they tend to swirl around each other, being looped and copied and transposed, creating ever-new relations and identities with each other, transforming to totally different music or ending in beautiful silences.
In this Genetic Choir workshop, we look at how we use melodies in improvisation singing. Voice work and rhythm will feature along the way, but the focus is on weaving melodies and story. How do you go about it, as an improvisation singer? How do you make it personal and how does ‘meaning’ evolve? But also: how do you work together with other singers?
The Genetic Choir approach ensures that you don’t need any particular background to be able to join this workshop. Any level of experience and/or musical styles are welcome.

Genetic Choir workshop – Melody Makers

29th & 30th of June 2013 – informatie in het Nederlands, klik hier

10:00-17:00 both days  –  110,- Euro (excl. VAT)

More information and inscription: Send a message through the form below.

photo by Oxyman

[GFDL, CC-BY-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

April Melodies

To prove that we can also end up with a slightly more mainstream a capella sound when singing from nothing, listen to this piece that appeared as the opening composition of a concert we did last summer. (Although ‘mainstream a capella people’ will probably still find this music rather curious, I believe. Oh sweet relativity!)

Composition 1206011 – Overture PuntWG

The Genetic Choir is publishing every first day of the month a new composition, drawn from our previous concerts and performances. Have a look at all the other music on our Audio Page.

If you are interested to experience being part of the choir and how this type of music is being created, there is an open Genetic Choir workshop planned on

29+30 June 2013

with the theme “Melody Makers”. Click here for more information.