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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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.

“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.

With Poet and Dancers on IMPROV XL

The Genetic Choir will perform this Sunday on a freely accessible, big improvisation event in Utrecht:

improvXL_kennedyIMPROV XL

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.

improvXL_bontIMPROV 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!

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.
        

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!

Exploring Space and Place through Sound

SPACE / SOUND / BODIES, Utrecht

21+22 March 2015  

phrases_stillstbr_4_crop_for_blogIt 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.
This Genetic Choir workshop is in collaboration with Dans Improvisatie Utrecht

Noise only exists in our minds

microtonal wallFrom noise to music and back, is it a question of the mind and it’s perspective? It certainly is an experience we recognise in the Genetic Choir work: Many voices that are creating a noise-wall of sound will become more musically distinct purely by the joint effort of singers and audience members to listen more closely or changing their listening position.

A new blogpost on the lovely website everydaylistening.com yesterday describes the “Microtonal Wall” of Tristan Perich. And in the description of it makes the above statement: Noise is something which exists in our minds only – we just can’t keep track of all the different things happening at once, so it becomes “noise”. (whole blogpost is here)

The inspiring thing about this aspect of noise/music when talking about live performance is that it creates a much more reciprocal relationship between performers and listeners when instant composing: Singers of the Genetic Choir discover the music at the same time as their audience does. It is a subtle collaboration of all the ears who are present. And while every individual hears something different with his own set of minds/ears, there is also a shared movement from chaos to clarity (and back, maybe) which we don’t do on our own. When we make music that is ‘noise’ based, this is the most apparent. And it is comparable with the experience of the Microtonal Wall:  The audience creates focus and distinction with their listening and the performers react to this – which means that the listeners compose the music together with us.

Christmas Eve with Genetic Choir and strange stories

This year, you can spend your Christmas Eve listening to the Genetic Choir in the special Christmas edition of the Vorlesebuhne Utrecht on the 24th of December.

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The Vorlesebuhne provides six writers who read strange, short prose, the Genetic Choir provides the sound and music and the Houtzaagmolen (old wood mill) in the center of Utrecht provides the right ambience for a heart-warming, unpredictable and contemplative “Stille Nacht”.

Vorlesebühne Kersteditie: “Die meneer zei dat het mocht”

24-12-2014, 20:00-22:30, Houtzaagmolen De Ster, Molenpark 3, Utrecht, Entree: 7,-/10,- Euro

met Delphine Lecompte, Twan Zegers, Simon Weeda, Helena Hoogenkamp, Bernhard Christiansen, Maaike Haneveld
muziek: Genetic Choir
speciale kerstgast: Vladimir Rasputin, de grote invalidentemmer uit het Oosten

 

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.

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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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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.

   

     

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

Composing for the Metropole Orchestra

This might interest you, dear instant composition singers:

Today everyone can compose a few bars of music for the Metropole Orkest, and there is a good chance they will play your music live as part of the Twitter Symphony they are playing today (which will take about 8 hours…)  Look here: www.tweetphony.nl    They will even twitter you back if they have played your composition and give you a link to the video-registration of the piece you have created!

So, go ahead.

If you make a composition an twitter it to them, let me know about it via my Twitter account @instantcomposer  so that I can gather all the little compositions made by you  (maybe together, that can become an open score for our next concert  😀    )

Greetings, Thomas