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.
THE 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.
Continue reading “Instant Poetry and Vocal Music – 11+12 February”
While 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.
On 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?
Saturday 20 June 2015
& Sunday 21 June 2015
three walks+concert each day: 15:00 / 16:15 / 18:00
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.
This performance is made possible in collaboration with Zone2Source and with support of the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.
Illustration courtesy of snugsomeone.
The Genetic Choir will perform this Sunday on a freely accessible, big improvisation event in Utrecht:
Sunday, 17 May 2015
from 14:00 to 23:00
Stairway to Heaven, Mariaplaats 11 – 12, Utrecht
We are supporting this event with a Genetic Choir performance of 45 minutes at +/- 19:00.
It will be a concert both on our own and in collaboration with dancers and absurd poet Bernhard Christiansen. Later on, we will also invite the audience to sing together with us.
Throughout the whole day, there will be lots of possibilities to join as active improviser of any discipline, including a MegaJam at around 21:00.
Improvisation pianist Freek Zwanenburg gets the credits for organising this massive get-together.
He writes: “De enorme kracht van improvisatie wordt nog onderschat, terwijl juist het vermogen tot improviseren een essentieel onderdeel is van de huidige transitie naar nieuwe vormen van samenleven en organiseren. IMPROV XL toont de wereld van mogelijkheden die zich opent als je, met behoud van al je kennis en vaardigheden, in het diepe springt en je intuïtie volgt.
IMPROV XL is er voor iedereen die gek is op improvisatie, of er graag kennis mee wil maken. Ook beantwoordt het festival aan de behoefte van een groeiende groep kantelaars, vernieuwers en dwarsdenkers om samen te komen, geïnspireerd te worden en in een gezamenlijke flow nieuwe dingen te creëren.”
More info about the event on www.improvxl.nl
Or via this facebook link.
Entrance is: free!
Join at any time throughout the day. 🙂
See you there!
There 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.
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.
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.
Monday, 13 April 2015 / Time: 20:30 / Bimhuis, Piet Heinkade 3, Amsterdam
(thanks to the Bimhuis who keeps supporting the dance+music impro scene in Amsterdam with these monthly performance labs in their lovely concert venue!)
And the amazing Emese Csornai will improvise with us from behind the lights. Be there!
SPACE / SOUND / BODIES, Utrecht
21+22 March 2015
It may not always feel like it, but your body, the space around you and your voice are all subtly connected: if one changes, the other two are affected. To become more aware of this triple interaction and be able to play with it as a performer in an interdisciplinary ensemble is the ambition of these two days.
“Find your space and you will find your voice”, Enrique Pardo tends to say to his performers. We will investigate this notion and find that any type of space, and any specific constellation of bodies in that space has profound influence on our voice. Everyday life trains us not to be too influenced by this, but for improvisers this is where the magic happens in live performance.
Our research will be to give this interdependency all our attention, so that we can play with it, be moved and surprised and use space, voices and bodies to their fullest ability.