Exploring Space and Place through Sound


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

BE_HACKER – Sound Performance on Friday 30th

Hacker (n.) [originally, someone who makes furniture with an axe].

“A hacker is one who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming and circumventing limitations of programming systems and who tries to extend their capabilities.”  Verna Gehring (2004)

hacker-redCan we ‘hack’ the sounds of a place and turn them into music? Well, that is more or less what the Genetic Choir does. No problem.
In that light, an exciting question for this upcoming performance could be: Can the Genetic Choir hack itself?

January 30th, 2015
4bidGallery, Overtoom 301, Amsterdam 

Coming Friday, the Genetic Choir will give a sound performance in 4bidGallery, Amsterdam. It is part of BE_HACKER, this year’s edition of the MiniKunstFestival.

More info via this facebook link: click here

Singing with Resonant Voices – 15 & 16 February

A workshop on improvising with voice colours and resonance

The 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.

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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.

In the cold month of February a workshop that will warm you up from the inside and get your whole body to resonate!

Eager to participate? Let us know by sending us a message via the form below.


Description in Dutch:

Een improvisatie workshop over resonantie, kleur en textuur van je stem

De stem is een natuurlijk systeem in ons lichaam – het is leergierig en reageert op zijn eigen klank. Door je oren te openen naar de meer verborgen aspecten van klank, leert je systeem. De stem wordt daardoor flexibeler én preciezer in het zingen en kan zich vrijer ontplooien.

In deze workshop verdiep je je stemgebruik op de gebieden van klank die soms over het hoofd worden gezien: resonantie, klanktextuur, timbre, boventonen. De workshop sluit aan op alle niveaus van ervaring: Beginners zullen verbaasd zijn over de ‘volheid’ die hun stem zal ontwikkelen en de moeiteloosheid van zingen vanuit het luisteren naar klanktextuur. Gevorderden en professionals ontwikkelen hun vaardigheid tot precisiewerk op dit gebied: Timbre en resonanties/boventonen gericht inzetten in klank-composities, solo en ‘en groupe’. Waar richt je je op als improvisator in dit specifieke gebied van muziek? Hoe werk je samen zodat naast zalvende klanktapijten ook schurende dissonante cluster-akkoorden onderdeel van de composities kunnen zijn, en waar ontwikkel je een improvisatie samen naartoe? Hoe houd je je eigen noorden in een zee van klank, zodat je zowel kan oplossen in het geheel maar ook je eigen koers kan varen, mocht je dat willen?

In de wintermaand februari een verwarmende workshop die je hele lichaam zal laten resoneren!

Zin om mee te doen? Schrijf ons een bericht via het formulier beneden.


Workshop Resonance and Voice Textures

Date: 15 & 16 February 2014
Times: 10:00-17:00 (Saturday & Sunday)
Participation: 110 Euro excl. BTW