Vocal Instant Composition


Workshops in 2017

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11+12 February 2017 – THE EDGE OF LANGUAGE

8 + 9 April 2017 – MATERIAL GROOVES

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Instant Poetry and Vocal Music – 11+12 February

Voice enthousiasts and improvisation singers will gather next weekend in the Genetic Choir workshop “Edge of Language”, and there are still a few places open, if you would like to join!

We will explore the exciting realm of “Instant Poetry” as an entrance into vocal music improvisation.

As always, all levels of experience are welcome, and we have a great, committed group already.


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?

11+12 February 2017, 10:30-17:00  /  110,- exBTW (130,10 incl.)   /  Amsterdam

place: studio de Eester, C. Van Eesterenlaan 266

To reserve a place, or ask your questions, please send a message to:


Bunraku collaboration article in ‘Wereld van het Poppenspel’

The Dutch magazine for Puppet Theatre has devoted an article in its recent december issue on the collaboration of the Genetic Choir with the Bunraku company Mokugu-sha in Japan. The article is based on an interview inwp-4-genetic-choir-article-thumbnail which Thomas recalls special moments in the rehearsal and performance process with master-puppeteer Kanroku.

“De timing en precieze schakeringen van emoties die zijn pop beleefde stemde hij telkens weer nauwkeurig op het moment en de muziek af. Hij legde uit dat dit niet betekende dat de muziek altijd leidend was en de pop altijd volgde. Het was een interactie, soms leidde de pop, soms leidde de muziek.”

Read the full article in Dutch here.

We hope to make an English translation of the article soon!


VoiceLab 4 kids starts 18 January!

kids op open dag VoiceLabFive sessions of Genetic Choir work for kids aged 5-8 years: come and experience it!

A new series starts on 18 January, every Wednesday afternoon in Amsterdam East: studio De Eester, C. van Eesterenlaan 266

18 January – 15 February 2017, 13:30-14:15 uur 

Click here for more info.

kick-off Loop-Copy-Mutate in Leeuwarden

Tomorrow in the Westerkerk, Leeuwarden, as part of the Media Art Friesland Festival:
13:00-14:00 open laboratory Loop-Copy-Mutate
16:00-17:00  concert Loop-Copy-Mutate
mirror_evolution_lcm_logo2On December 17, the Genetic Choir will bring their unique art of vocal instant composition to Media Art Friesland, as part of a year-long project (Loop-Copy-Mutate) exploring live and electronic sampling methods of the voice. The performance project explores the possibilities and challenges of large-scale collaboration in contemporary and digital music, inviting hundreds of contributors to lend their voice to Genetic Choir compositions.
The choir will host an open studio for festival attendees (13:00- 14:00) to learn more about the project and involve them in the copy/mutate process of vocal samples collected from people in the city centre that morning, asking them to listen to and copy sounds of their city.
At 16:00 the Genetic Choir will sing a concert based on the sounds and mutations collected and transformed by the public.
You are very welcome!
Westerkerk, Bagijnestraat 59, Leeuwarden

Fox Concert on Utrecht train station

barking-foxIn collaboration with Marcus Coates and publicworksutrecht, and following up after the succesful Even-Song bird concert, Genetic Choir singers are instant composing today a half hour concert of new music, based on their study of fox sounds.

The rehearsal on Friday was quite an engaging, both animalistic and musical adventure. 🙂

Don’t miss it!  It’s today at 16:00.

Place: central hall of Utrecht CS train station.

more info: click here / Nederlandse info op de site van publicworksutrecht.

Vocal handicap & Vocal music 


Genetic Choir is singing in the Oude Kerk Amsterdam this Saturday, December 10th, a retake of the performance created with Cathelijne Smulders for the “Health” Master of the Sandberg Institute: CIRCLE

Click here to read more about the performance back then.

This Saturday, the piece is part of a bigger event at the Oude Kerk with performances themed around “the love for one’s neighbour”: Misericordia

10 December 2016

soup & more from 18:00

performances from 20:00

Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein, Amsterdam

entrance: 5 euro; Museumjaarkaart: free

click here for the whole programme

Other Genetic Choir concerts coming up:

Sunday, 11 Dec: Fox concert on Utrecht CS
Saturday 17 Dec: Loop-Copy-Mutate on Media Art Friesland