Welcome to the online home of two unique improvisation choirs - TIC and TOC, directed by Jenni Roditi.
The improvisations are led through a system of signals given by the conductor that form the overall orchestration and structure of the pieces - and the singers come up with their own material which is shaped in the moment through the conducting. Sometimes we start with a pre-planned seed idea and improvisation spins out from that, and sometimes we start with a blank canvas!
The Improvisers’ Choir, made its début in December 2015.
The project was conceived by Jenni in Spring 2015 with TIC coming together just as we received the confirmation of our first Arts Council grant in December 2015.
We launched the project at Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston, following a series of rehearsals where we developed a working method. To read more about the process of how the choir came together creatively you can read the wonderful commentaries from Alistair Smith who has been our resident blogger since the beginning.
The Open Choir débuted in April 2016.
In February 2016 TOC was formed – the sister, community choir of TIC. TIC and TOC have performed on stage together as well as separately over the course of the 22 concerts we have put on since December 2015, taking us up to the present time of writing, January 2018.
TOC is entering it’s sixth season in February 2018. TOC perform locally in Crouch End at various venues and events.
Thinking of booking TIC or joining TOC?
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“a stupendous soundscape... captivating evening of polyphonic music with much heart and soul from all the singers”
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Living on the cusp of improvisational processes through the focus of my composer-conductor ears I look for the finest, quirkiest moments, from passionate rawness to softest murmurings, breathing with the patience and spirit of emergence. I work with the uncertainty of new beginnings, new middles and new endings