Vocal Instant Composition

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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

26 May 2019 – Genetic Choir workshop in BREDA

One-day session of Genetic Choir voice work and instant composing. Join us, even if you are new to it. There is a dedicated group of people in Breda who want to build their improvisation expertise in regular workshops, so Genetic Choir is in Breda to stay 🙂

(see also the workshop on 17 March)

26 May 2019, 11:00-17:00  /  73 euro (60,33 excl.VAT)  /  Breda

To inscribe for 26 May, use this payment link:
+ send an email with your name and tel.number to workshops@genetic-choir.org

6+7 July 2019 – 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?

6+7 July 2019, 10:30-17:00  /  110,- exBTW (133,10 incl.)   /  Amsterdam

location: studio De Eester, C. van Eesterenlaan 302, Amsterdam

To reserve your place in this 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)


Regular 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.

The upcoming block in January-April 2019 is full.

If you are interested to join from September 2019, send us an e-mail: workshops@genetic-choir.org

PLACE: studio De Eester, C. van Eesterenlaan 302, Amsterdam
DATES: every second Friday morning, 10:00-12:30,
current block is: 18-01 / 01-02 / 15-02 / 01-03 / 15-03 / 29-03 / 12-04 / 26-04
upcoming dates Sept-Dec 2019: 06-09 / 20-09 / 04-10 / 18-10 / 01-11 / 15-11 / 29-11 / 13-12
COSTS per block: 232,32 euro (192,- euro excl.VAT)


Most of our workshops are taking place in Amsterdam, but we also have come to Rotterdam, Arnhem, Utrecht, Haarlem and Breda in the past (not to mention Torino, Hannover, New York State and Hiroshima)

If you would like to have a Genetic Choir workshop in your own city, just get in touch with us!

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