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Genetic Choir workshops are work-shops in the true sense of the word: we as professional Genetic Choir singers work/play/research in them on the intensive level that we enjoy and the work is at the same time open to everyone – no previous skills required. Even if you never worked with your voice or music before, you are always welcome to make a first acquaintance. At the same time, experienced and professional singers are always challenged and pleasantly surprised with the high standard of working and composing, notwithstanding the different types of singers present.
Any participant is challenged in his/her assumptions about music making and the possibility of their own voice, and leaves our workshops enriched, tired :-) and highly energised. The workshops are our own laboratory and training ground, and we are happy to share the work with you!
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. For the audience, the shift from music to words is sudden, because our minds work that way: they cling to understandable words and story whenever they can. So how do we treat this shift as improvisers? How do we keep the imagination open when words pretend to pin down all meaning? Can we serve both, the god of poetry and the god of music? Or even better: can we stay in the no-mans land between music and meaning, and take all our time to balance on the Edge of Language?
This two-day session will combine our knowledge of instant composition with the phenomena/skill of “singing a song” and melt it together in one weekend. You can either come with a prepared song or completely blank, and we will workshop how to integrate different styles of song-singing into Genetic Choir improvisations. Those who want to purely improvise will be challenged with the task of solo improvising and story-telling (a song is more than an abstract sound-carpet). And those who like to work with their existing song will be taken on journeys of non-idiomatic ensemble improvisations with it. :-)
The first block, running from September to December 2015, is already full.
You can give yourself up for the Friday mornings if you are interested to join the next block, which will commence in February 2016. Let us know through the Contact page.
No specific singing background is required, but we ask you to do at least one Genetic Choir workshop (weekend or one-day session) first. More info on the Genetic Choir method here, other workshop dates are elsewhere on this page.
Participants commit for a set of 8 sessions, so that we can deepen the work from one session to the next.
PLACE: Studio Wladiwostok, Amsterdam, Java-Eiland.
DATES: every second Friday morning, from February-May 2016
For the block February-May 2016, also some pioneer places are still available. (140,- excl. VAT)
Dropping in per single session is only possible for very experienced Genetic Choir people. Get in touch with us first if you would like to make use of that possibility.
Most of our workshops are taking place in Amsterdam,
but if you want to have a workshop in your own city, just get in touch with us!
One day workshops (excl. VAT): 60,- € / Pioneers pay 45,- €
Two day workshops (excl. VAT): 110,- € / Pioneers pay 75,- €
Four day workshops (excl. VAT): 200,- € / Pioneers pay 140,- €
You can become a pioneer and pay the lower pioneer price by being one of the first to inscribe to a workshop and commit yourself to the dates. This is an option for people who come more often to workshops and are on our mailing list. Usually, once the dates for a workshop appear on this website, the pioneer fee is not available anymore. If you would like to be on our mailinglist to be able to pioneer for future workshops, just let us know. What is this pioneer thing? Click here.
Note that all prices are shown without the 21% tax, as some participants can deduct this part from their costs.
For example the total amount you pay for a two day workshop (110,- + VAT) is at the moment 133,10 Euro. For a one-day workshop it’s 72,60 Euro.