Melk bij de wijn: Genetic Choir & De Vorlesebühne

The Genetic Choir teams up again with the writer’s collective De Vorlesebühne to present an evening of prose and music at Molen De Ster in Utrecht on Saturday 17 March. An evening of vocal absurdity not to be missed!

You can dine together with the performers from 18:15 inside a historic windmill. Jolanda’s Kitchen prepares a delicious and nutritious three-course menu. Reservation via vorlesebuhne@gmail.com is mandatory, at the latest on Thursday 15th March.

 

Date: Saturday, 17 March 2018
Time: Dining from 18:15 uur / performance doors open: 19:30, performance begins at 20:00
Place: Molen de Ster, Molenpark 3, Utrecht
Admission: € 12, – (€ 10, – with CJP, U-pass or library card)

Reservations possible via vorlesebuhne@gmail.com
Entrance to the windmill via bridge Floresstraat.

National newspaper (‘Volkskrant’) writes about our Amsterdam CS concerts tomorrow!

One of the main Dutch newspapers has written about the Loop-Copy-Mutate project and our concerts tomorrow under Amsterdam’s Central Station!

Sunday, 2 July 2017 – 13:00  /  15:00  /  19:00  /  21:00

You can still reserve tickets until 1 hour before each concert via the Bimhuis website.

http://bimhuis.nl/highlights/genetic-choir-presenteert-loop-copy-mutate

Very special location (underground), totally new type of Genetic Choir concert. Be there people!

Invitation to Sweden

musical-evolution2_bewerktWhile the Loop-Copy-Mutate project of the Genetic Choir is in further development, Thomas Johannsen has been invited to the International Symposium on the Histories and Practices of Choral Singing after submitting this article that describes the collaboration of the ‘human sampling organism’ of the Genetic Choir with computer music programmers working on computer listening and music creative systems.

The Symposium will happen in Lund, Sweden, from 19-21 October 2016.

Travel funding is still being sought to see if a delegation of the Genetic Choir can attend the conference in person.

Read the article here: https://genetic-choir.org/singing-with-machines/

More info on the symposium: click here

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Listen to this collaboration of the Genetic Choir with Bulgarian voices Juliette van Dijk and Marielle de Winter (Pauni Trio), resulting in

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– including the Bulgarian christian-orthodox hymn ‘Tebe Poem’ (Dobri Hristov).


 

Taken from our concert “Church Songs for the 21st Century”, celebrating Genetic Choir’s new CD on 4 December 2015.

Recording credits: Harald Kerres

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.

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First CD review on new ‘Church Songs’ album

We sent our new CD out prior to its upcoming release (see the 4 december concert), and the first reviews are coming in from colleagues around the globe. This one is from New Zealand born composer Alison Isadora who listened and wrote the following – below some excerpts, the full review can be found here.

Genetic Choir Church Songs _ front“The CD starts with whispering before settling into more melodic phrases with a rhythmic accompaniment. Although we can hear that the choir is singing in a church, the voices are always close to us. There is an immediacy to the voices. As with many of the pieces on this CD, the use of a sense of a constant tonality and the presence of ostinato figures offers support for those listeners who may find the vocal adventures challenging.

In other tracks dense textures break open into jungle-like screams, croaks and gasps. A drone may give continuity within these rich and varied sonic landscapes. Silence may also act as a musical parameter.

In Track 3 I asked myself whether I was listening to an African language or an imagined one. The Genetic choir have developed their own vocabulary – a combination of vowels and consonants which is at once totally believable and yet seductively mysterious. (…)

In other pieces long slow contrapuntal lines coexist with fast ostinato figures. It is fascinating to hear how ideas develop, how melodic lines are shared, inverted and expanded. A melody that starts life as diatonic may move to a microtonal version and back again within the length of a breath.

(1) ChurchSongsCD back_notsquareThroughout the album there is a consistency in melodic material, a predeliction for drones and ostinato figures and a great willingness to explore and accept the richness of sounds a voice can make. We hear how musical ideas are embraced, expanded, developed and varied. This is group improvisation at its best. (…)”

     

Curious? Come to our magnificent CD release concert in the Obrechtkerk Amsterdam on 4 december –

more info, reserve tickets (and the CD) on this page.

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

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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.

 

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.

CD launch concert on 4 December with special guest Jacob Lekkerkerker

Genetic Choir Church Songs _ frontFinally, on 4 December 2015, the second Genetic Choir CD will be released! We are going to celebrate this with a big concert in the Obrechtkerk in Amsterdam:

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.

Obrechtkerk_pic‘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)

“Echo: Labyrinth” – six Genetic Choir concerts in Amstelpark!

Labyrinth_by_snugsomeoneOn a sunny afternoon in Amstel Park you are unexpectedly invited to join a guided tour through the lesser known areas of the park. You are curious, so you join the group that has gathered and follow them into the woods. After a labyrinthine route across small paths and non-paths, you finally come to an old stone-walled space that breathes of times gone by. You are asked to wait there and listen. The space seems to echo any sound that is uttered there. Clear echoing transforms into new sounds and musical structures as layers upon layers of echoes are added. A sound labyrinth is constructed as singers create a musical journey to even further-off places. Will the musicians find their way back from the echo-labyrinth of sounds? And where is the path that leads back to the park and the normal world?

 

Echo: Labyrinth

a walk and a concert on location by The Genetic Choir, featuring special guest Mark Alban Lotz on flutes.
       

Saturday 20 June 2015
& Sunday 21 June 2015

three walks+concert each day: 15:00 / 16:15 / 18:00
gathering point: Orangerie, Amstelpark, Amsterdam, NL (click here for Google Maps)


The concerts on Sunday 21st (“World Music Day”) will be in support of the Splendor Sponsor Marathon – sponsor a few minutes of our music (click here) to support Musicians without Borders.

The concerts are free, but reservation is recommended due to limited audience numbers. Please reserve via our Contact page.

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This performance is made possible in collaboration with Zone2Source and with support of the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.

Illustration courtesy of snugsomeone.

Bimhuis concert with singers and dancers

grow_michaelTomorrow evening:
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.

grow_sandraMonday, 13 April 2015 / Time: 20:30 / Bimhuis, Piet Heinkade 3, Amsterdam

Entrance: free!
(thanks to the Bimhuis who keeps supporting the dance+music impro scene in Amsterdam with these monthly performance labs in their lovely concert venue!)

1504.13-MMAnd the amazing Emese Csornai will improvise with us from behind the lights. Be there!

From Insects to Good News (concert!)

paasLegoNext Saturday, 19th of April, the Genetic Choir performs once more in collaboration with the Vorlesebühne Utrecht.

The evening will be under the spell of Easter: “Het goede brengen van slecht nieuws” (Good ways of bringing bad news) is the theme around which writers and singers will convene. It starts 20:00 in the Houtzaagmolen in Utrecht and it has been rumoured that you can get very nice food before – if you reserve it before Thursday by contacting the Vorlesebühne.

For the happy occasion of this continuing collaboration, listen here to the welcoming piece that was created during the Insects Concert in the Library – our last pairing up with Vorlesebühne writers in November.

The text you hear in this recording was written and read by Hiekelien van den Herik.

After vocally embodying insects, embodying Good News this Saturday will be a piece of cake, of course. Come and listen!

Date: 19 April 2014

Time: 20:00

Place: Houtzaagmolen De Ster in Utrecht, Molenpark 3

      

     

 

The Silo Tapes #1

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
www.nlarchitects.nl

Carolien Zwirt for the connection
www.bureauzwirt.nl

and AMVEST for the permission and opportunity
www.amvest.nl

   

You can find more Genetic Choir music on our Audio Page or on our first CD.

   

     

CD Release!

It was about time:  The first Genetic Choir CD is now available for you to purchase!

P1050248After inofficial pre-sales on our previous improvisation concerts, we now officially release this album of selected compositions that the Genetic Choir created during the last three years.

The album is full of unpredictable, unpindownable music that nobody in particular thought up. Only the “musically reactive organism of the Genetic Choir in full blow” can be held responsible for this very varied collection of new music.

All pieces on this album were instantly composed and recorded, during concerts and live sessions in the period 2011 to early 2013. You can listen to some of our music on the audio page, if you’d like an impression.

If you would like the CD to be delivered to your doorstep, click here: Order CD

Next opportunity to hear the Genetic Choir live: 2 November 2013 in Utrecht, NL.
More info will follow, keep connected to this blog.

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

and

Ricardo Tejero (reeds) / Dominic Lash (bass)

all the way from the UK !

http://www.ricardotejero.com / http://www.dominiclash.co.uk

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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!)

 

May Music

A recent session of the Genetic Choir yielded the piece of music below. Enjoy!

In our ambition in publishing a new recording every month, this more contemporary piece contrasts nicely with the April Melodies of last month.

Composition 1304071 – Pas ce soir

  

Upcoming Genetic Choir Events:

22 June 2013 – Genetic Choir @ Lange nacht van kort vreemd proza, Utrecht

26 June 2013 – Genetic Choir @ Tabula Rasa, Amsterdam

29/30 June 2013 – workshop Genetic Choir / theme: “Melody Makers”