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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!

Thomas Johannsen

(Nederlander en moeite met het Engels? Klik hier voor informatie in het Nederlands.)


(1) Foto Resonance in Actie Yinske en Thomas resonance_060615_annesmeets_163 October 2015 — GENETIC CHOIR WORKSHOP

for “24h Resonance”

This intensive Genetic Choir workshop is open for everybody, but especially meant for singers who want to join the sunrise concert “De ontwakende stad” in Muziekgebouw a/h Ij in Amsterdam on Sunday morning 7-8am, October 11th. This concert will be the first time that the ‘Genetic Choir’ will appear as an unusually big choir, and you can be part of it!
More info about this very special hour of instantly composed Genetic Choir music, made possible by Merlijn Twaalfhoven’s “24h Resonance” event, you can read in this blogpost (English) or on the 24h Resonance website here (in Dutch).
24HResonance_ws3okt_A4However, you also very welcome if you don’t want to join the concert and just would like a day of intensive training. :)
For this workshop you can only inscribe via the webpage of 24h Resonance. There is more info in Dutch (click here), and in the middle of the text describing the Genetic Choir block (5b) of the concert, you find a button that you can click to inscribe for the workshop. (Alternatively, here is the direct link to inscribe)
date:  Saturday, 3 October 2015
time:  10:00-16:00
place: Studio Wladiwostok, Amsterdam
costs: 40,- exBTW (48,40 incl.)


Workshop language will be English and/or Dutch, depending on the needs of the participants.
What is the Genetic Choir way of working? Click here for more info.

12+13 December 2015 – THE EDGE OF LANGUAGE

language_edge_closera 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. 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?

Two full days, 10:30-17:00  /  110,- exBTW (130,10 incl.)   /  Amsterdam

20+21 February 2016 – OLD SONGS, NEW SONGS

a Genetic Choir workshop

Family Radio Living Room_well-known-songThis 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 workshop brings together all the experience the Genetic Choir has gathered earlier in Melody Makers, the Well-known-song workshops and the research on Phrasing.

Two full days, 10:30-17:00  /  110,- exBTW (130,10 incl.)   /  Amsterdam
If you would like to join, send us a message through the Contact page.     



GC_concerts_smallRegular training/composing sessions on Friday mornings. We do it in a two-week rhythm (every other Friday) and have blocks of 8 sessions in a row, with a fixed group.

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

TIME: 10:00-12:30

COSTS: 192,- euro (excl.VAT / 232,32 incl.gc_workshopcontent_button )

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.



Contact us through the form below, if you are interested.

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!

Costs / Pioneering:

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.

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