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Family of people with dementia and singers of all kinds: Join free workshops of “Stem & Luister”

New intro workshops are coming up for the dementia project of the Genetic Choir:

Tuesday, 16 November 2021 14:00-16:30
Thursday, 25 November 2021 14:00-16:30
Saturday, 22 January 2022 10:00-12:30

Place: Flevohuis, Kramatplantsoen 263, Amsterdam

The workshops are for free, but registration is needed. To secure a place, write to Geeske Coebergh, coordinator of the project: geeske@genetic-choir.org

“Stem & Luister”, the method that the Genetic Choir has been developing with the Huis van Lied en Geluid project since 2019, has as a number of connotations in Dutch language:

the voice (stem), tuning in (afstemmen), listening (luisteren) and luster/brightness (luister). All these are all central words for us in the contact with people who are starting to lose their capacity for verbal conversation.

Read more about the project on our project page or watch the video below.

“Hoort en Ziet” – a weekend workshop on Texel

On 2 and 3 Oktober 2021 there will be an intensive voice improvisation workshop on the island of Texel. The workshop will be lead primarily by Thomas Johannsen (Genetic Choir). Anet van de Elzen will add to this from her practice as performance artist.

Surrounded by nature the experience of the body and the voice become very different from when being in the city. Time becomes a different experience. And there is silence, in a thousand of ways.

Connected to the immensity of nature, its rich palet of colours, the silence and the wind become our allies. And new improvisation and performance possibilities arise…

The weekend is about embodied voice improvisation the Genetic Choir way, combined with the eyes and ears of the performance artist in nature. We will work half of the time outside. Sunday morning is scheduled as an early riser to experience and work with the sunrise on the island.

Saturday: 9:00-17:00 uur
Sunday: 7:30-16:00 uur

The costs of the workshop are € 190, including coffee and tea, a culinary lunch on Saturday and idem brunch on Sunday. If you need lodging on the island, Atelier de Waal can help.

Booking for this workshop and more information via Atelier de Waal here.

WhatIIIF? Berlin is on!

Three Genetic Choir members have travelled today to Berlin to be part of the 5th edition of WhatIIIF? – the international, interdisciplinary improvisation research festival that travels every year from one European city to the next.

There is a performance on Saturday with limited seating, for all Berlin dwellers and improvisation addicts. There might be live streaming by the team of the Exploratorium.

Watch this space, and reserve if you want to be there: https://exploratorium-berlin.de/veranstaltung/improvisation-performance-what-iiif-21-2/

Tune into 24 hour improvisation festival this weekend!

As collaborator of WhatIIIF? Genetic Choir will be part of this international improvisation festival, streaming this Friday/Saturday from Canada:
A 10 minute compilation will be shown of the 12 hour WhatIIIF? event on 15 May in which Genetic Choir singers participated, together with improvising artists from around the globe.

IF – Improvfest 2021

Tune in!

It starts at midnight UTC+01 which is 1 am in the night for those of you living in Amsterdam. It will last for 25,5 hours, so you can easily also tune in while having coffee on Saturday morning. 🙂 If you live elsewhere on the globe, find your local start time here. Experience 150 artists, 10 minutes each, projected from Toronto but recorded in all the far corners of this rounded planet.

In the spirit of happenstance discovery, this festival has no posted schedule. Depending on when you tune in, you may catch a performer you already know and love, but you might instead discover an intriguing performance by an act you’ve never experienced. As we become more and more used to experiencing art on-demand, we feel it’s important to invite chance, surprise, and ephemerality into our experiences of artistic performance, especially in an online context.

https://improvfest.ca/

Poetic article describing Genetic Choir

In ImprovNotes, the newsletter of the Canadian International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, Genetic Choir featured with a poetic introduction by Catharine Cary. Read it here inside the newsletter or below:

Letters to my Original Geography
 
Dear Guelph,

We all dream of nailing that one thing that renders us uniquely an artist. Genetic Choir’s one thing-ness emerges from their attention to the tiniest sounds: a mouse soundbite in Amsterdam’s Central station at rush hour. Their music-making improvisational process chews on this tiniest sound and changes its texture, rolling it around in their mouths like cough drops to emit a new tiny sound. Sometimes they shred pop or classical to wend a new world. Each member of each instant composition is glued to the ear of the other—grabbing each other’s sounds to rub the corduroy ribbing into silk.
 
Genetic Choir, started in 2008 in Amsterdam by Thomas Johannsen, has transcendent goals and applies transcendent means to live better in the now. Their name comes from nothing less than the genetic code. The Genetic Choir seeks the DNA of music made from us, inside us, and part of us, as a parallel to the amazingly beautiful organization of this world composed by the sheer process of its living, not by some divine intervention.
 
The House of Song and Sound project gave Genetic Choir an island to live on during these covidious times, a musical project through which they could connect with people who have lost their verbal abilities. Ofttimes, what dementia patients say is incomprehensible or stuck in repetition. However, if you render that moment musical, suddenly there is understanding. This has inspired the Genetic Choir to develop tools, upside down ways, for caregivers to carebetter.
 
Talk nonsense, and I will listen; it is only nonsense when you are not willing to listen.

Friday Morning Sessions – Autumn 2021

Do you want to training regularly with a fixed group of improvisers? Join the Friday Morning Sessions of the Genetic Choir!

Every half year, we develop with a group of dedicated workshoppers within 8 sessions into a true organism of musical swarm intelligence. All essential aspects of Genetic Choir technique pass by and are deepened in interaction with your fellow singers.

You can join if you did at least one Genetic Choir workshop before (if you never have, join the workshop on 29 August).

The dates are this time a bit unregular, but from 15 oktober it’s the regular bi-weekly rhtyhm:

3, 10, 24 september, 15+29 oktober, 12+26 november and 10 december 2021

Times/group size:
To be prepared for corona restrictions, we do two small groups (10 people max.) for 2 hours per session. Depending on the amount of people who will inscribe we will open one or two of the slots:

9:00-11:00 / 11:15-13:15
If you have a preference for a slot, let us know.

Place:
studio de Eester, C. van Eesterenlaan 302, Amsterdam

Workshop fee for 8 sessions is 238,- euro (incl. BTW)

If you want to reserve your place, please use this payment link
…and send us an email afterwards so we know who you are: workshops@genetic-choir.org

If you want to join but cannot pay the full amount directly, get in touch first – we can spread for you the money, don’t worry!

Hard-core singers can also join both sessions (4 hours) 🙂 –> we will make a different program for the first and second group each Friday to keep you on your toes!

We strive to have a group of vaccinated singers to be more free in training and interacting. Let us know if that is a problem for you before inscribing, then we can see how to deal with it.

Half-Day Genetic Choir workshop on 29 August

A Genetic Choir workshop is a musical stew with improvised ingredients. Everyone can participate without prior knowledge, because all types of voices and musical preferences are welcome. But if everything is possible, how do you decide what to go for? In this workshop you learn how to navigate smoothly in a kitchen full of sound possibilities. We train decisiveness and surrender, the pleasure of listening and the enjoyment of (your own) sound.

Join us for half a day of Genetic Choir improvising!

Sunday, 29 August 2021.
10:00-13:30 – studio de Eester, C. van Eesterenlaan 302, Amsterdam – € 35,-

Inscribe here if you want a place and please send us an email (workshops@genetic-choir.org) so we know who you are. 😀


For people thinking about joining the Friday Morning group that will start on 3 September (8 sessions of training) or the advanced workshop on Texel:

This will be your last chance to get to know us (requirement for the advanced groups) if you never did a Genetic Choir workshop before!

Breath, glass & the music of plants…

Here’s a call for improvisation singers from Rietveld academy graduate Eva van der Zand, who last Sunday did her first Genetic Choir workshop!

Please contact her if you are interested in her proposal (rehearsals are soon):

Ciao Tutti Frutti!  
After following a workshop with the Genetic Choir I’m in search for 3 voices (age under 40) who would like to improvise with me during the graduation show of Rietveld! 

It’s an improvisation inspired on a neighborhood in Amsterdam Noord named “tutti frutti dorp”. It’s about the allergies there are for the air we breath in…. and out! So also toxic air! The focus will be mainly singing questions that spin around in our inside world around the topic of air. I’m a voice artist and research the breath by singing and glass blowing… so there will be glass in the space as well. We will be singing together with tunes composed by plants.  You can search for “Music of the plants” if you are curious to hear an example. 

Performance day: 5 July at 16.00

If you want to have more performance moments that is possible! 

Preparation session: weekend of 26/27 June

Get in touch with me: eva.vd.zand@gmail.com – – – 0612326402 
We can exchange during our first meeting your needs. I’m open to hear them! If you have questions please ask! 

20 June – opening up again!

Dear Genetic Choir followers, the time has come – we can organise public workshops again!

Make a dance inside your corona bubble and shout it out – YAY!
Do you want to dive again into the magic of Genetic Choir instant composing?

20 June 2021 – open Genetic Choir workshop

  • Max. group size will be 10 people so we can be sure to abide to corona rules and have some tight improvising together.
  • No previous experience needed, open to everyone.
  • We can do two slots of 3,5 hours and will start with filling the afternoon slot: 14:00-17:30.
  • If more people sign up, we will also open the morning slot: 9:30-13:00
  • Workshop price p.p. per slot: 35,- euro

Reserve your place here: https://useplink.com/payment/SHGdHdoYC1JjXlvV765sY/

If the workshop is booked out or it cannot happen due to circumstances, you will receive the workshop fee back in full.

It also seems likely that we can have a full block of Friday Morning Sessions again from September-December 2021. If you would like to pre-subscribe, send us a mail on workshops@genetic-choir.org

photo credits: René Castelijn, GC singers, (Non)Corpus sesssion

Tomorrow 19:30 – Genetic Choir with Iranian guest performing as part of WhatIIIF? 10 to 10

Genetic Choir singers will perform live together tomorrow and create an interdisciplinary instant composition with other improvisers, spanning places like Rio, Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Pisa, Teheran, Manchester, Nice, Rotterdam and Berlin.

We are part of a 12 h durational performance that is organised by improvisers from many countries united through the WhatIIIF? initiative (read about all the artists and the full info of the telematic performance here)

You can tune in anytime between 10am and 10pm via this facebook stream: https://www.facebook.com/carpetsessions/live

The Genetic Choir will tune in at 19:30 and create half an hour of music in interaction with the images streamed from all other locations. This will be followed by a live concert in Exploratorium Berlin, combining as well the input from all other locations, and traces/memories captured and improvisationally sorted during the day via a Taswir Atlas.

As singers, we connect from different locations via Jamulus, and have a special guest from Teheran that we never sang with before, but are very excited to meet! —> Shaghayegh Bagheri

We hope all will work out and the sound reaching you will be crisp, coming together from all these places! 😀

photo above: WhatIIIF? Nowhere and Everywhere moment featuring Kamura Obscura and a tree and a clip of Titian) // photo below: Shaghayegh Bagheri