Photo series of concert at dawn in Muziekgebouw a/h Ij

If you follow this link, you will find photo impressions of the Sunrise Concert the Genetic Choir gave on 11 October 2015 in the Muziekgebouw aan het Ij.

We were part of the 24hour Resonance event initiated by Merlijn Twaalfhoven, with a one-hour concert of Genetic Choir music with invited dancers between 7 and 8am and a collaboration with several World Music singers in the following music block, that was curated by Yinske Silva. Great memories!

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Photo credits: Poike Stomps

It’s Genetic Choir CONCERT Month

We are starting on a month full of Genetic Choir concerts!

And actually, we are looking at a row of concerts that couldn’t be more diverse. You would think we planned this to showcase the various areas of the performing arts where the Genetic Choir is active (but we didn’t, honestly)  🙂

From the cutting-edge of music programming research to a soundtrack made for a theatre piece , from blending with fine art at a gallery to giving a big Church Concert with Bulgarian singers and organ to celebrate the release of our new CD: Church Songs for the 21st Century.

Take your pick!


Friday 6 November 2015, 20:00

musical evolutionpresenting the Loop-Copy-Mutate project at STEIM’s Session View X

in collaboration with Robert van Heumen

Doors open: 19:30  Concert starts: 20:00

STEIM, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam


Sunday, 15 November 2015, 14:30

(1) IJSBEER PosterA3_zonder_randPremiere: Ijsbeer in de Tropen (Ice bear in the jungle)

A puppet/object piece about an ice bear who gets lost on the ocean and ends up in the jungle. The piece is both about the feeling of going on adventure and the longing for home.

With a soundtrack created+sung by the Genetic Choir: all natural noises (pole winds, storms, waves/beach, jungle+apes) are done by human voices, to astonishing results.

More info about the performance is here.

For children from 3 years upward.  Dutch language skills not required. Reserve tickets here.

Amstelveens Poppentheater, Wolfert van Borsselenweg 85a, Amstelveen



Sunday, 29 November 2015, 16:00


Finissage of the Young Blood Initiatives’ month at Galerie Bart’s former venue: Bart Invites

The Genetic Choir will be reflecting on the exhibition with a special concert. (more info soon on this blog!)

November 29th, 4pm at Bart Invites, Bloemgracht 2, Amsterdam


Friday 4 December 2015, 20:00

Genetic Choir Church Songs _ frontChurch Songs for the 21st Century

We celebrate the release of Genetic Choir’s second album “Church Songs for the 21st Century” with an amazing concert in the Obrechtkerk.

Jacob Obrechtstraat 30, Amsterdam

Very special guests confirmed until now include Jacob Lekkerkerker on organ and the amazing Bulgarian Voices of the Pauni Trio.

All our guests will engage with the Genetic Choir in Instant Composition and we will of course work with the special acoustics given by the church.

Obrechtkerk_picTickets for this concert are only €5 and you can reserve here.

You can even get a discount if you reserve your ticket together with a CD. Be one of the first to get the new CD on release day!  Check out the options to support us for this very special concert: here.


Sing with us in the Muziekgebouw!

The Genetic Choir will sing a concert at sunrise in the Muziekgebouw aan het Ij in Amsterdam on

Sunday morning, October 11th, 2015

and you are invited to sing with us!

muziekgebouw schemeringThe concert is part of the 24h Resonance concert, curated by Merlijn Twaalfhoven, with the motto to experience the power of music and support active music making – together – beyond the common separation of amateurs and professionals. Merlijn gave various entrepreneurs of the voice a Carte Blanche to fill an hour or two with their approach to vocal music in this 24 hour non-stop concert.

From 7am to 8am, the moment when the night ends and the light returns in the all-glass foyer of the Muziekgebouw overlooking the water, the Genetic Choir Ensemble will lead an instant composition concert titled “Sounds of the City / De ontwakende stad”.
Subsequently, from 8-9:30am, Genetic Choir singer Yinske Silva will curate a concert of World Music, with singers and songs from every corner of the world. At 9:30, the Genetic Choir Ensemble will join the world music singers to culminate the morning into an instant composed all-genres&styles musical climax. It will be grand, it will be crazy & it will be beautiful!  🙂


(1) Foto Resonance in Actie Yinske en Thomas resonance_060615_annesmeets_16Here’s how you can join:

To be part of the 7am-8am “Sounds of the city” concert:

There will be a special rehearsal for the concert on

October 9th (Friday) from 15:00-17:00

in q-factory, Amsterdam

If the Genetic Choir way of working is well-known to you and you’ve recently worked with us in a session or workshop, then joining this rehearsal is sufficient for joining the concert as a singer. If you think this applies to you, please send an e-mail to or react via the Contact page to announce your wish to be part of this.

If you are new to the Genetic Choir, or haven’t worked with us recently, Thomas Johannsen will give a special workshop that you can join on

October 3rd (Saturday), from 10:00-16:00

in Studio Wladiwostok, Amsterdam

The workshop is low priced (Euro 48,40) to make the concert accessible for anyone interested, and still make sure everyone is well-prepared. Inscribe to it by following this link to the concert description and clicking the button “Workshop” in the middle of the (Dutch language) webpage. (Alternatively, you can also follow this direct link to inscribe)

Anyone is welcome to join us in the Muziekgebouw concert between 7 and 8am, whatever your experience and background!  You just need to be able to come on both October 3rd and 9th, for the workshop and the rehearsal.


To also be part of the World Music concert with Yinske Silva:

Follow this link to read more and give yourself up. Then come to her rehearsal on September 26th, 10:00-15:00


Any questions? Don’t hesitate to ask!

Late night concert on IMPRO Amsterdam

cropped-header-impro-2015In january, the Genetic Choir will sing a concert in – for us – unusual context: the yearly international festival of theatre-improv – IMPRO Amsterdam.

Thursday, 29th of January 2015, 22:30 – Compagnietheater Amsterdam

More info and tickets: click here for the festival website

Curious to see how this audience will react to some contemporary music making! 🙂

From the programme:

Genetic Choir (NL) – 22:30 @ Kleine Zaal
-limited seats available-
The Genetic Choir create meaning and beauty from seeming sound-randomness.
The starting point of their music is always the reality at hand: The architecture of the building, the people who came to listen, accidental things they hear, taste, smell. For IMPRO Amsterdam, they will tap into the atmosphere of the festival and create a late-night footnote in unexpected sound.

There is also a Genetic Choir workshop that you can join during the festival on Saturday, 31st.

Guerilla concerts with Taste Buds

Coming weekend, the Genetic Choir will appear on unexpected moments between the food-stands and eaters of the lovely Smaakexplosies Festival (“Explosions of Taste”) in Zaandam, Netherlands.

We will roam the festival between 13:30 and 17:30 on both
Saturday and Sunday, 15 + 16 September 2012.

The whole afternoon, we will sing instant composition pieces based on the stuff we eat and smell!

Prepare for a “smaakapella experience”…

For route descriptions and more info, click here.

Vocal Improvisation meets Elevator Pitch

The performance “Elevator Music” on September 1st in The Hague was a wonderful experience!   Soon to be repeated in a high building near where you live 😉  .

Here one of the many 55 second compositions we sang that day with unknowing guests of the Penthouse Restaurant filing into the elevator and going up to the 42nd floor:

filming: Petra / video-editing: Thomas / music: The Genetic Choir   

sneak preview for sound performance

For those who cannot make the performance + Brunch on Sunday (see previous post), you are invited to come to the

Try-out / Sneak Preview of the concert, tomorrow!

Saturday 11 June, 12:00 precisely (come a bit earlier).

place: Punt WG, Amsterdam. Entrance Punt WG at Andreasveld/WG plein

Subscribe to this blog (see “Follow the Genetic Choir” on the right) if you don’t want to miss the last-minute info and Sneak Preview invites in the future.  🙂

special concert + brunch :-)

This Sunday, 12 June at 12:00 in PuntWG, Amsterdam, we sing another, again totally different Genetic Choir concert.


This time, in collaboration with Janneke van de Putten, we emphasise the sound/resonance work of the Genetic Choir and connect it to Janneke’s background in Indian singing training.

After the performance, there’ll be coffee/tea and we’ll have a self-catered picknick/brunch with both performers and audience, for anyone who wants to join. If you come and it is possible for you, do bring a bit of nice food to share with everybody!

‘In Vocal Response to this Space’ is a collaborative composition and performance for a group of voices taking place in the beautiful acoustics of the guest working-space at Punt WG. The piece will be developed and performed with the Genetic Choir, an improvisation choir based in Amsterdam and familiar with listening and working with a minimum of sound material.

The performance creates an opportunity to experience and explore collaborative relationships between open tones of vowels and taking positions in the space. Inspired by the natural voice, being the fundament of the classical Indian Dhrupad style, the basics of the piece are long tones, sung without effort.

This is a site specific performance with a limited audience capacity. The performance is free, but bring some food for afterwards (see above) and please arrive early to prevent disappointment. Audience will be admitted from 11.40am for a prompt 12am start.

Janneke van der Putten &
Thomas Johannsen i.c.w.
The Genetic Choir

Performance Sunday 12th June
Doors 11.40am for 12am start.
Entrance Punt WG at
Andreasveld/WG plein,
1054 Amsterdam

Concerts in June 2011

Just to already give you the dates (more info will follow in due time):

There are two more concerts of the Genetic Choir on the agenda for June –

12 June 2011    12:00   
in PuntWG, Amsterdam      a sound/location piece in collaboration with Janneke van der Putten

19 June 2011
a concert on the island Texel (Netherlands) as part of the Midzomerschans Festival
(Festival runs 10:00-18:00, time of concert still to be fixed)

Genetic Choir concerts April/May 2011

20 april  Zaal100 21:00   (Trytone concert curated by Michael Fischer)   / Amsterdam

25 april  Het Glazen Huis  14:00   Easter Monday – a concert for the finissage of a fine art exhibition in Het Glazen Huis, Amstelpark    /  Amsterdam

5 mei   Ruigoord     Concert as part of the manifestation/feast   Vrijf Meij organised by the Museum of the Bohemian.  Programme from 14:00 till next morning.

Concert time not fixed yet, but will be around dinner time.

Concert and Sneak Previews…

Concert this Thursday!

24-03-2011, Punt WG

20:00 doors open, drinks available
20:30 concert starts

For whoever is extremely curious or not able to come on Thursday, you are also invited to come to one of the

Sneak Previews on Tuesday and Wednesday:

Both days from 20:30, you can take part in our rehearsals. You will not hear a full concert but we are happy to involve you in the Genetic Choir kitchen of preparing for a concert (as it is always useful for us to rehearse with real audience).

Tuesday 22-03 and Wednesday 23-03

20:30 sneak previews for the concert

Punt WG adres:
M.v. Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 15, Amsterdam

Genetic Choir on Grachtenfestival

The Genetic Choir will perform on the Grachtenfestival 2010!

On Saturday 21st of August, about 60 people will sing on the NDSM-werf in Amsterdam a ‘Symphony for Lasloods’.

Other than just a concert, it is this time an interactive workshop/concert with a small group of the regular choir singing with the audience.

Date: 21 August 2010
Time: 16:00-17:00
Place: Lasloods, NDSM-terrein, Amsterdam-Noord

This performance is part of a whole day of concerts that the Grachtenfestival is programming on the NDSM-werf.

Tickets (5,- €) and more information on

PS: Thomas will be a guest in the daily ‘EarBites’ on Friday 20th of August to be questioned about the Genetic Choir by Hans Haffmans. 17:00 in the festivalcafé in Felix Meritis ( & live uitgezonden op Radio 4)