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!
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.
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.
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, 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
website Vorlesebuhne with more info: click here
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
Place: Houtzaagmolen De Ster in Utrecht, Molenpark 3
“What I thought was the most beautiful thing this evening, that was the Genetic Choir…”
On an evening about insects, food and literature, audience could not only taste baked grasshoppers and worms (tasting better than they look, actually), but also listen to instantly composed music by the Genetic Choir. We reacted on the talks about insects with musical interludes and created intense moments of short-strange-prose together with the writers of the Vorlesebühne.
We had a great time ourselves.
Here the opening number of the evening, featuring an insect text by Hiekelien:
And for our Dutch followers: hier het citaat van Midas in zijn originele context (tafelheer Oscar Kocken evalueert de avond met Midas Dekkers):
The Genetic Choir has performed in the last 5 months two times publicly, and one time informally…
My apologies that I have not been up to speed to announce these things on this blog. Actually, it has been a very nice season with the choir having had a large injection of very committed singers in September 2009. But I have not been very busy this season with posting.
For the meantime and the sake of completeness, here the peformance dates and places of the 2009/2010 season: 🙂
14 March 2010 Genetic Choir as guest of ‘Blauw’, in café Averechts, Utrecht
We performed a short piece inspired by the theme ‘Ijle Klanken’. The composition will be published online on the new website…
7 May 2010 Genetic Choir performs live soundtrack in the Ketelhuis, Amsterdam.
We were asked to perform an hour of instant music, as accompaniment of the screening of ‘Sound of Shadow’. See http://soundofshadow.com for more information on the filmproject.
27 June 2010 Informal concert at our rehearsal space in Amsterdam, to close the season.
A 25 minute piece by the choir and a 10 minute piece involving the audience. Both were recorded and the idea is that also these things will be published once the new website is up and running.
Thanks for this beautiful season and have a good summer!
What is the Genetic Choir? click here
There is a discovery atelier of The Genetic Choir on the European Choir Festival in Utrecht, Europa Cantat 2009:
21st of July 2009, 10:00-12:30, Lutherse Kerk, Utrecht
You could join it by buying a day pass to the festival – find all information on
For future reference: www.europeanchoralassociation.org