regular news about vocal instant composition ensemble Genetic Choir
|Letters to my Original Geography|
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.
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
“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 (email@example.com) 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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org – – – 0612326402
We can exchange during our first meeting your needs. I’m open to hear them! If you have questions please ask!
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?
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.
photo credits: René Castelijn, GC singers, (Non)Corpus sesssion
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
Instead of meeting in Berlin as planned for these days, the WhatIIIF? community of interdisciplinary improvisers is creating a 12 hour online performance this Saturday, 15 May, and the Genetic Choir will be part of it!
You can watch and listen from 10am to 10pm here: https://m.facebook.com/carpetsessions/live
Genetic Choir will perform in this whole-day experience at 19:30.
More info soon!
The physical WhatIIIF? Festival in Berlin got a new date :
17-19 September 2021
We don’t know if we can travel in May, but we are just going to plan and see!
The under-the-radar research festival of interdisciplinary improvisers – WhatIIIF? – is going to happen in Berlin from 13-16 May 2021, hosted by the Exploratorium Berlin. Be welcome.
The physical festival is postponed to 17-19 September 2021.
On 15 May, we will hold a 10am to 10pm online improvisation extravaganza, that you can watch live here: http://www.facebook.com/carpetsessions/live
Read the full invite to WhatIIIF? 2021 here.
Genetic Choir is one of the founders of this yearly gathering now in it’s fifth (!) year, organised – again – by lovely people from various disciplines of the international scene of improvisers (read here more about WhatIIIF?).
This year’s theme will be: MEMORY. We are interested in questions like:
How? And what is going to happen there? Read further here.
logo WhatIIIF 2020/2021 by Catharine Cary_latagueuseélégante
It’s been a year ago that we have given our last concert – but what a concert! For our Christmas wishes of 2020, we bring you back to the lights and warmth of (Non)Corpus: God in the Dominicuskerk Amsterdam.
Christmas Eve 2019, we also sang on NOS national Radio 1. Listen here for your Christmas podcast with Genetic Choir, or enjoy (again) a view back into the concert below.
Live concerts and singing will be back! Just hang in there a bit longer, dear people. We are looking forward to the coming year and meeting all of you again!
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a beautiful 2021 !
While public performances stay difficult to organise, Genetic Choir singers are not only still creating music and meaningful moments every week with the dear old people in the Flevohuis in Amsterdam, but we are also suddenly present online, with music we created 5 years ago:
In a puppetry/dance video made by Kristien Sonnevijlle and Matt Jackson, Genetic Choir compositions from our second CD – Church Songs for the 21st Century – are featuring as a prominent ingredient to tell the non-verbal story of the warrior Onna Musha.
The film is part of the Indonesian international Puppetry festival Pesta Boneka and can still be watched until the 11th of November.
Watch below (Onna Musha starts at 42:30, and lasts 9 minutes)
There is also afterwards a nice Q&A with Matt & Kristien and the other makers who contributed short films to Day 4 of the online version of this festival.
In the amazing festival area named “When Puppeteers Cook” we can even watch them at home making apple pie! Don’t miss that… Go here for the Apple Pie.