The concert will be preceded by a taster workshop open to all singing abilities to try out the techniques developed by Jenni Roditi and TIC, and followed by a Q&A with Jenni and choir members.
Book your tickets now as places are limited (£10 performance only // £15 performance & workshop). The workshop will start at 12.30pm, and the performance at 3pm. Lunch is available in the downstairs café during the break.
The Vortex is a small, intimate venue with a great history of providing a space for improvised music in London. Early booking highly recommended!
The Improvisers’ Choir: Live Performance and Taster Workshop
5th December 2015
Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Square
London N16 8AZ
Workshop: 12.30 – 1.30pm
Performance: 3 – 4.30pm
Formed in October 2015 by composer and vocal experimentalist Jenni Roditi, The Improvisers’ Choir (TIC) is a mixed-style, cross-genre professional ensemble exploring, through improvisation, what is behind the genre identity accumulated through each singer’s history. What happens when these adept singers, usually separated by repertoires, meet in the same musical space, where there is no repertoire, only the artists themselves? As they sing together they aim to discover how drama and poise, nuance and timbre, all signalling different worlds in different genres, could meet and make new vocal relationships together beyond any one repertoire. The concert will have a few prepared skeleton structures to work from but mainly it will be improvised with an ensemble that met for the first time on October 18th.
Between them, the ten choir members specialise in a wide variety of vocal genres: jazz, classical bel canto, Irish folk, Indian classical, opera, latin, funk, gospel, musical-theatre, pop, cabaret and avant-garde. Guided and conducted by Jenni Roditi, they will improvise collectively and as soloists to blend and clash these influences and techniques into new sounds and shapes.
Before the performance, audience members are invited to take part in an introductory one-hour workshop to enable vocalists of all levels to discover some of the techniques used by The Improvisers’ Choir – a fun and engaging insight into the afternoon concert and a practical introduction to collective vocal improvisation.