Vocal Instant Composition


Melody Makers: 2 day workshop to start the season!


Melodies are the storytellers of music. Just start singing a few notes and instantly there is a feeling/atmosphere, the beginning and clear promise of a much longer story. Melodies are also playful creatures, meaning that in bigger numbers they tend to swirl around each other, being looped and copied and transposed, creating ever-new relations and mixed identities, transforming to totally different music or ending in beautiful silences.

In this Genetic Choir weekend workshop, we look at how we use melodies in improvisation singing. Voice work and rhythm will feature along the way, but the focus is on weaving melodies and story. How do you make an improvised melody personal and meaningful? How do you reach the audience with your story? But also: how do you work together in this, composing a piece collaboratively?

The Genetic Choir approach ensures that you don’t need any particular background to be able to join this workshop. Everybody works from his preferred musical style and own level of experience. The magic happens in the middle, where we meet.

Dates: 29th + 30th of October 2016
Times: 10:30-17:00 (both days)
Place: Amsterdam (studio Wladiwostok, Bogortuin 16)
Costs: 110,- Euro excl.VAT / 133,10 incl.

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


PS: If you would like a quick taste of what Genetic Choir workshops feel like, you can come to this introduction workshop on 17 September (click here)

photo by Oxyman GFDL, CC-BY-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

9 days in Japan… 

The Genetic Choir Ensemble is right now boarding their plane on Tokyo Narita Airport on their way back to Amsterdam.

What an amazing 9 days it have been! 

You can find our on-the-go photo diary via the link below.

Japan Journey Genetic Choir 2016

(it’s a facebook page, but you can read it without facebook account)




More detailed reports will follow! 

Music for puppets in Japanese mountains

img_1131 In what may be the most unlikely artistic collaboration of this year, the Genetic Choir will create new music for the piece “Born on this Planet” by Bunraku company Mokugu-sha on 22nd and 25th of September in Tokushima, Japan.

After giving vocal workshops and concerts coming weekend in Hiroshima (see here), the Genetic Choir Ensemble will travel to Tokushima province where they will meet with master puppeteer Kanroku, who is one of the most prominent performers and teachers of this ancient puppeteer tradition.

For a new play that he created in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster (“Born on this planet”), he asked the Genetic Choir to create new all-vocal music, which will be premiered on the 22nd and 25th of September in Japan. First in Tokushima city, and the second performance in one of the ancient village puppet theatres (Kitagawa Nouson Butai ), up in the mountains of Tokushima province. img_1132

We can’t tell you how excited we are! 😀

If you want to follow what we’ll do:

There will be regular updates about the Japan tour via facebook. We have a brand new Genetic Choir Ensemble page:


And you can also still befriend us as https://www.facebook.com/genetic.choir

Introduction Workshop Genetic Choir on 17 september

24hRes_GCtrio10_croppedWhile the Genetic Choir Ensemble is on the plane to Japan, you have the opportunity to get acquainted with Genetic Choir singing on

Saturday, 17 september 2016
in Amsterdam!

Here the info:

(1) 24hRes_zaklampen1On September 17th, (13:00-17:00), you can join a workshop in the Genetic Choir method in preparation to a bigger event: “Resonance Night” in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in the night from October 1st to 2nd.

For €35,- you participate in this workshop, lead by Jeannette Huizinga, and you can put what has been learnt into practice by singing with Jeannette & Yinske (both long-time Genetic Choir singers) during Merlijn Twaalfhoven’s special vocal sounds night.

More info & subscribe for the workshop September 17th: click here.

Quite a couple of friends of the Genetic Choir are also giving other cool workshops in preparation of the collective Resonance Night experience: Check out Marije Nie, Tanaquil Schuttel, Laura Stavinoha, the Pauni Trio and Yinske Silva, and their workshops as well!

More info on Resonance Night on October, 1st and other connected workshop dates: click here

Photos: Poike Stomps

Hiroshima concerts and workshops

Here the schedule of CMF2016 in Hiroshima, on which the Genetic Choir will be the international guest on 18th and 19th of September 2016. The link to the English timetable is here: Timetable-CMF2016-English

We are looking forward!



oh Brazil!

With the Rio2016 Olympics in sight, here a piece of Genetic-Choir-laced Brazilian music! 🙂

This was a collaboration of the Genetic Choir with the wonderful singers of Cafuné. Recorded in december 2015 on our first “Church Songs for the 21st Century” concert.

We have a planned new date, for the second edition of this concert series, that brings manifold cultural influences on spiritual music together in the frame of ‘Church Music and Improvisation”. So for all our fans, write it down:

2 december 2016

Obrechtkerk, Amsterdam

Another taste of last year’s concert (our bulgarian-orthodox music collaboration with the Pauni Trio) can be found if you click here.


Tour Japan is happening!

torii-gate2With a big thanks for the support by Fonds Podiumkunsten, we are happy to announce that the Genetic Choir will – as planned – be travelling to Japan this September!

Our program is:

  • 18+19 September – giving performances and workshops on the Creative Music Festival (CMF) in Hiroshima
  • mokugu-sha_banner_bewerkt22+25 September – two performances with Bunraku Ensemble “Mokugusha”, performing in traditional village theaters in Tokushima

If you know of people we can connect to in Japan while we are over there, please let us know!

We have plans for furthergoing collaborations, to create a Dutch-Japanese research/performance project on the craft of Improvisation and the craft of Water Engineering in 2018.

But first things first… 🙂