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
Carolien Zwirt for the connection
and AMVEST for the permission and opportunity
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)
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
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
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
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.
Connected for lift off
Gabrielle Barros Martins
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
James Hewitt: violin
Guillermo Celano: guitar
Marko Bonarius: double bass
Jeen Raabs: guitar
Magda Mayas: piano
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
Coming weekend, the Genetic Choir will appear on unexpected moments between the food-stands and eaters of the lovely Smaakexplosies Festival (“Explosions of Taste”) in Zaandam, Netherlands.
We will roam the festival between 13:30 and 17:30 on both
Saturday and Sunday, 15 + 16 September 2012.
The whole afternoon, we will sing instant composition pieces based on the stuff we eat and smell!
Prepare for a “smaakapella experience”…
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
Re.sonant on Saturday 13 August, 21:30, De Overkant, Amsterdam-Noord. See for all info: www.re-sonant.nl
If you are a Genetic Choir singer, and you still want to join the incognito performance moment, let us know!
If you are a fan, come and see this concert of Radio Kootwijk Live and Club Cult (which in itself will be a great night out – live concert and dancing!)
Reservations via the link above.
Midzomerschans Festival on the island of Texel, Netherlands.
We will give 3 (!) concerts on Sunday
13:30 – stage 11
15:00 – stage 2
17:30 – stage 11
So here’s your plan for the weekend! 🙂
The rest of the program of the festival (which already starts Saturday evening) you can find on their website: www.midzomerschans.nl
For those who cannot make the performance + Brunch on Sunday (see previous post), you are invited to come to the
Try-out / Sneak Preview of the concert, tomorrow!
Saturday 11 June, 12:00 precisely (come a bit earlier).
place: Punt WG, Amsterdam. Entrance Punt WG at Andreasveld/WG plein
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