Genetic Choir workshops staan open voor iedereen. Wees voorbereid om intensief te werken, maar maak je geen zorgen over je ervaringsniveau - er zijn geen specifieke vocale vaardigheden vereist om deel te nemen. Professionele zangers mixen met elkaar en met beginners. Elke deelnemer wordt uitgedaagd in zijn/haar veronderstellingen over het maken van muziek en de mogelijkheden van zijn eigen stem, en verlaat onze workshops verrijkt, moe en voldaan. De workshops zijn ons eigen laboratorium en trainingsveld en we delen het werk graag met je!
The way we train Vocal Instant Composition in workshops and sessions can be described in these two categories: Voice work and instant composing training. Just as we train improvising with sizeable groups of singers, we also pay attention to solo’s, duets and trio’s.
– freeing the voice, finding resonance, ease, impact and clarity in your singing
– training extended voice techniques
– making your voice available for story, meaning and emotion
Instant Composition training
– how to hear the subtleties of layered compositions
– how to define your own musical ‘thing’ and let it blend and interact with the music around you
– how to lead and let yourself be lead (and how to give up the concept alltogether and just ‘ride the beast’)
– how to work with silence
Any degree, any style, any background
In most workshops any degree of experience is welcome, as are all styles and cultural backgrounds in music. The concept we are working from is that the quality of the music will not depend on the virtuoso abilities of the individual – though those are very much welcomed – but on your ability to listen and to engage with the composition process.
All patterns and colours of music can arise from this approach, there are no boundaries in musical style, amount of solo vs. group singing or nature of the compositions – from contemplative and subtle to wild, melodic, poly-rhythmical, cacophonic or lyrical – everything is possible. The Genetic Choir is an eco-system in which many creatures can live. It needs singers who can give up on their ego and still make bold decisions.
By opening both your ability to set your own boundaries and surf the crest of the moment, we create vocal compositions that are surprisingly vital, focussed and yet unpredictable.
Basic improvisation skills that we believe in and that we train extensively:
Surrender (don’t let your will rule your decisions)
One thing (deepen your material – ‘work it’)
Layers of music / Jungle of sound (find your place!)
Quality of Listening (open awareness)
Quality of Engagement (ride that creature!)
Stillness and Timing (understand silence)
The workshop contains both exploratory individual work and small group/big group ensemble singing. We are working from a vision on improvisation that believes in constantly finding the right balance in listening (being), acting consciously (compositional mind) and surrendering to ‘what is’ (immediacy). Beautiful singing is never something you create on your own. It arises from the amount to which an audience dares to give itself fully in the listening and the amount to which the singers dare to allow the moment and lead the way.
“Few days after our workshop in Prague, I realized, that what I took from it really differs from what I thought I needed or expected. I expected to change my perspective, to let it be, to play, to have fun, to experience lightness of being. And yes, it worked fine, but here is what I unexpectedly found: Structural clarity of improvisation.
I find your way of explanation of techniques and way of speaking about improvisation really revealing. I learned in few exercises we did to understand where am I, what is the “place”, when is the change, to recognize what is coming and to react on it. Also in reflections, you directed us not to speak about impro pieces emotionally or speculatively (about what we could have done better, etc) but to reflect on them structurally. And this is what I needed. To know where am I in this moment, to understand, that improvisation is not vague, indeterminate, but clear, that there are “places” and changes and “places” that are close to previous ones or really far, that they can return so we can abandon them without frustration and find the old ones or the new unexpected ones with joy. Thank you very much for the workshop!