Instant Poetry and Vocal Music – 11+12 February

Voice enthousiasts and improvisation singers will gather next weekend in the Genetic Choir workshop “Edge of Language”, and there are still a few places open, if you would like to join!

We will explore the exciting realm of “Instant Poetry” as an entrance into vocal music improvisation.

As always, all levels of experience are welcome, and we have a great, committed group already.

language_edge_closerTHE EDGE OF LANGUAGE

a Genetic Choir workshop

When we improvise with our voices, sometimes sounds emerge which are language-like, or even very much like comprehensible words. How do we treat this moment when singers are on the verge of becoming improvising poets?

It is fun to play with the sound of words, mix them and change them. It is what children do a lot and it is a bliss to indulge ourselves into this word-sound playfulness.
But as improvisers, we are looking for more: clarity and depth of expression, not only in music but also when words come in to play.

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Workshops in 2017

28+29 January 2017 – RESONANCE & VOICE TEXTURES

a Genetic Choir workshop

(1) resonance_originalThe voice is a special system in our body – it is eager to learn and it reacts to its own sounds. By opening your ears alone, your voice can learn to become more free and resonant.

This workshop will improve your voice by focussing for one weekend on the aspects of sound that are often overlooked: resonance, texture, timbre, overtones. Whatever level of experience you are at, this work will increase your singing skill: Beginners will be surprised about the round and resonant sound that their voice will gain, and the ease of singing that comes with it. Experienced and professional singers will improve their ability to do precision-work in this area: Using timbre and textures to compose music, solo and ‘en groupe’. How to create both soothing carpets of sound and grinding dissonant cluster-chords. How to develop the music together, how to dissolve your voice in a sea of sounds, but also make clearly defined choices and go your own way, if you are inclined to.

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Music review writing in exchange for CD !

ChurchSongsCD frontandbackWhile 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.

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 thomas@genetic-choir.org 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!

Time passes slowly… a Genetic Choir workshop coming up!

bd_georgeThere are many ways to look at time and rhythm, but we like the idea that it is in essence the musicians’ ability to create a certain type of time with their music, and to connect – in differing or same times – with fellow performers and the audience. The Genetic Choir ensemble will explore this unusual approach to rhythm and timing in a weekend workshop in June that will be open to anyone interested.

13+14 June 2015  —   RHYTHM AND TIME(ING)

Two full days, 10:30-17:00  /  110,- exBTW (130,10 incl.)   /  Amsterdam
 
“Marking and moulding the time that is passing”, that is one way to define what you do when working with rhythm in improvisation. Looking at it from a Genetic Choir point of view, we are less interested in counting rhythms and more interested in the simple exhilaration of singing in’many times’ (polyrhythms) or the thrill of falling together in the ‘same time’. We will explore how we can let complex rhythms appear, how we can groove together and groove on our own, in short: A weekend to become a true rhythm animal without ever counting a beat!
    
More info on all workshops is here.
        

Particle Fields and 3D Laser Objects

There’s a concert coming up, and not just any concert.

This Saturday, 8th of February 2014, the Genetic Choir will sing visually enhanced vocal improvisations on

THE CUMULUS 2

in the Kunstkapel, Amsterdam.

vladimir grafov

We will be vocally morphing a 3D laser object created by Vladimir Grafov
and Ksenia Pankratova; we will sing micro-pitch extravaganzas during a piece by Lee Ellickson Alfredo Genovesi; and we will round the evening off vocally interacting with the projected particle fields of Joris de Jong.

All part of an exciting, long evening with even more artists who will make the circular, futuristic space of the Kunstkapel vibrate with sound and images.

More info on the event – click here and scroll down.

“The Cumulus 2”
Saturday, February 8th – 8 pm

Kunstkapel
Prinses Irenestraat 21
Amsterdam

Entrance: five euros

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Genetic Choir Christmas Carol

As we enjoy playing the game of inventing new labels for recordings made under completely different circumstances, listen now to the Genetic Choir release of this month: a song for the contemplative side of the festive season.

Earphones highly recommended to catch the spaciousness of the recording location! (applies to almost all music on our Audio page)

Composition 1206244 – piano JvV

Performed and instantly composed during a concert in the Metaalkathedraal, Utrecht on 24-06-2012, in collaboration with composer/pianist Jeroen van Veen.

Previous releases of Genetic Choir music:

Composition 1206243

Composition 1206167

…and of course even more on our audio page: click here

Concert with Michael Fischer & Orchestra

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)

The concert is part of the TABULA RASA series in MaartenLutherKerk, Amsterdam: Dintelstraat 134, Amsterdam-Zuid

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

Laura Altman has been an important voice on the Sydney improvised music
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
Nocomotras.
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
www.myspace.com/altmanlaura
Magda Mayas is a pianist living in Berlin.
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.
www.magdamayas.jimdo.com
   
21:00

Connected for lift off

Signs & wonder(ing)

Genetic Choir:
Gabrielle Barros Martins
Yinske Silva
Marjolijn Roeleveld
Emiel Zonneveld
Hans Paape
Tanaquil Schuttel
Amazone Nativel
Thomas Johannsen
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

Noortje Kohne: violin
James Hewitt: violin
Guillermo Celano: guitar
Harald Austbo: cello
Marko Bonarius: double bass
Jeen Raabs: guitar
Magda Mayas: piano
Kiriakos Spirou: tablet-synthesizer
Robert van Heumen: laptop, controllers
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

Thomas Johannsen is founder of the Genetic Choir – www.genetic-choir.org – and also facilitates the Carpet Sessions, a space in Amsterdam dedicated to the research on interdisciplinary improvisation: www.instantcomposition.com
Venue: MLK – Maarten Luther Kerk, Dintelstraat 134, Amsterdam-Zuid / www.luthersamsterdam.nl/maartenlutherkerk

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   

Genetic Choir sessions October + December

Hi there,

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,

Thomas

The photo is courtesy of Petr Břinčil, from Prague. See here his home page: www.onekissfree.cz

Genetic Choir on Czech Radio – Vltava

Tomorrow at 15:00, Thomas Johannsen will be interviewed about the Genetic Choir in the cultural programme ‘Mozaika’ on Czech National Radio Channel ‘Vltava’. If you want, you can stream the broadcast on your computer via their website: www.rozhlas.cz/mozaika***

The interview will be about Instant Vocal Composition and some Genetic Choir recordings will be played during the programme. This all because of the Genetic Choir workshop in Prague this weekend, at hlasohled.cz!

***The interview has been recorded and is now online: http://www.rozhlas.cz/mozaika/hoste/_zprava/thomas-johannsen-a-ridina-ahmedova-hlasohled–943054