11+12 February 2017 – THE EDGE OF LANGUAGE
8 + 9 April 2017 – MATERIAL GROOVES
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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.
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?
place: studio de Eester, C. Van Eesterenlaan 266
To reserve a place, or ask your questions, please send a message to:
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 in 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.”
We hope to make an English translation of the article soon!
In 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.
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
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
Other Genetic Choir concerts coming up: