Family Radio Living Room_well-known-songComing weekend, we will wrestle with singing old songs and creating new ones…!


The two-day session will combine our knowledge of instant composition with the phenomena/skill of “singing a song” and melt it together in one weekend. You can either come with a prepared song or completely blank, and we will workshop how to integrate different styles of song-singing into Genetic Choir improvisations. Those who want to purely improvise will be challenged with the task of solo improvising and story-telling (a song is more than an abstract sound-carpet). And those who like to work with their existing song will be taken on journeys of non-idiomatic ensemble improvisations with it. 🙂

The workshop brings together all the experience the Genetic Choir has gathered earlier in Melody Makers, the Well-known-song workshops and the research on Phrasing.

Two full days, 10:30-17:00  /  110,- exBTW (130,10 incl.)   /  Amsterdam
If you would like to join, send us a message through the Contact page.        

Weaving with Sounds @ the Rietveld

weavingIn collaboration with Anna Orlikowska, who is presenting her work “The Weaving” tomorrow at the Rietveld Academy in the big end-of-year exhibition, the Genetic Choir will perform a live-sound-installation inspired on her work, that is moving through the semi-public spaces of the academy building: staircases, corridors, elevators…

Address: Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Frederik Roeskestraat 96, 1076 ED Amsterdam


We will start at 16:30.  You are very welcome.

And of course there is much more to see and hear at the Rietveld tomorrow…



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.