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Genetic Choir workshops are open to everyone. Be prepared to work intensely, but don’t worry about your level of experience – no specific vocal skills are required to join. At the same time, experienced and professional singers are always pleasantly surprised and deeply challenged by the high standard of working, 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   

Upcoming workshops are listed below. Be welcome!

If you would like to join, see payment and contact details underneath the workshop description. For questions: workshops@genetic-choir.org


7 October 2018: Genetic Choir INTRODUCTION workshop in HAARLEM

place: in het Badhuis Leidsebuurt, Haarlem
time: Sunday, 7 October 2018, 13:00-16:00

contribution: 12,50 Euro / 2,50 for HaarlemPas holders
to RESERVE A PLACE on this workshop, write an e-mail to info@haarlemoogst.nl

 


13+14 October 2018: MELODY MAKERS – OLD SONGS, NEW SONGS

old songs new songs croppedThis weekend workshop will combine our knowledge of improvising with melodies (single or multi-layered) with using existing songs (or fragments of songs) as basis for new, instantly composed music. 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. And those who like to work with their existing song will be taken on adventurous journeys of non-idiomatic ensemble improvisations with it. 🙂

Melodies are the storytellers of music. Just start singing a few notes and instantly there is a feeling/atmosphere, the beginning and clear promise of a much longer story. Melodies are also playful creatures, meaning that in bigger numbers they tend to swirl around each other, being looped and copied and transposed, creating ever-new relations and mixed identities, transforming to totally different music or ending in beautiful silences.

The Genetic Choir approach ensures that you don’t need any particular background to be able to join this workshop. Everybody works from his preferred musical style and own level of experience. The magic happens in the middle.:-)

13 + 14 October 2018 / 10:30-17:00  /  133,10 Euro (110,- excl.VAT) / Amsterdam

The workshop will take place at: studio Wladiwostok, Bogortuin 16, Amsterdam

To reserve your place in the workshop:

  1. send us an e-mail via
    workshops@genetic-choir.org with your
    – name (and account owner from where you made the payment)
    – telephone number
  2. please transfer the workshop fee by clicking this payment link
    (tell us by e-mail if you would like a invoice for your payment)

10 November 2018 – ONE-DAY workshop in BREDA

a general celebration of Genetic Choir singing and training, now in the south of the Netherlands (also well reachable for our Belgium friends.  😉

10 November 2018 / 10:00-16:00  /  72 Euro (60,- excl.VAT) / Amsterdam

There is a group forming for regular workshops in Breda, which is really nice.
But also with no previous experience with singing or improvisation, you are welcome!

To reserve your place in the workshop:

  1. send us an e-mail via
    workshops@genetic-choir.org with your
    – name (and account owner from where you made the payment)
    – telephone number
  2. please transfer the workshop fee by clicking this payment link
    (tell us by e-mail if you would like a invoice for your payment)

15+16 December 2018 – RESONANT VOICES

resonant-voices-original-vierkant-oilify.jpegWeekend workshop to explore and enrich your voice by opening your ears to the multi-layered complexities of sound, and play with it together in a polyphonic way: overtones, textures, resonance, timbre…

In deze workshop onderzoek en verrijk je je stem op het niveau van resonantie en klank textuur. Terwijl je je oren traint, train en open je je stem. We werken en componeren met open klanken, andere textuurrijke geluiden van de menselijke stem, klank-clusters, resonantie-ruimtes, etc… (meer info in het Nederlands, klik hier en scroll naar beneden)

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.

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 December a workshop that will warm you up from the inside and get your whole body to resonate!

15 + 16 December 2018 / 10:30-17:00  /  133,10 Euro (110,- excl.VAT) / Amsterdam

The workshop will take place at: studio Wladiwostok, Bogortuin 16, Amsterdam

To reserve your place in the workshop:

  1. send us an e-mail via
    workshops@genetic-choir.org with your
    – name (and account owner from where you made the payment)
    – telephone number
  2. please transfer the workshop fee by clicking this payment link
    (tell us by e-mail if you would like a invoice for your payment)

FRIDAY MORNING SESSIONS

GC_concerts_smallRegular training/composing sessions in Genetic Choir work 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 for that block.

No specific singing background is required, but we ask you to do at least one Genetic Choir workshop first, in order for you to find out whether you enjoy the work we do. Participants commit for a set of 8 sessions, so that we can deepen the work from one session to the next.
The sessions are also training ground for the professional Ensemble, so you will mingle with both new and experienced Genetic Choir singers.

More info on the training is here.

The group for the autumn block that starts in September is FILLED by now. You can currently give yourself up for the next block, which will start on January 18th, 2019.

PLACE: studio De Eester, C. van Eesterenlaan 302, Amsterdam
DATES: every second Friday morning, 10:00-12:30, starting January 18th, 2019 (8 sessions)

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


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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!

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