The Improvisers' Choir
The AimWe aim to lift the practice of shaped vocal improvisation up into the light of widely appealing public performance. 'TIC' consists of a group of performers, selected at audition, who are agile and reliable improvisers coming from a diverse range of vocal traditions.
The MissionThe mission is to develop different fluid forms within which creative improvised group and solo singing can be discovered. Roditi refines techniques in response to the group dynamics of the always changing line up of TIC singers. TIC create exploratory spontaneous choral compositions holding a vision to make vocal music that is a refreshing balance of original, consistent, exploratory and accessible. The richly combined styles of voices from many traditions and backgrounds bring a unique identity to the music, underpinned by Roditi’s broad sweeping 'genre-unrestricted' aesthetic.
FlexibilitySingers in TIC bring their own specialisms and are also open to learning from others and willing to let go of their tradition to try something new. Flexibility is a core skill in the ensemble. Singers take musical direction from Jenni and participate in creating music established through the conducting, based on a simple signalling system and intuition.
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TIC - The Improvisers' Choir was formed in September 2015 by Jenni Roditi.
TIC won the Nonclassical Battle of the Bands 2018. We have played two gigs at the Vortex Jazz Club, appeared in Chorus Festival, South Bank Centre, also Crouch End Festival, The SkronkFest, supported heavy-metal band Black Shape at New River Studios, appeared in a family Christmas concert 2016 in a local church, with a TV studio audience in Istanbul (December 2016) where the whole concert was filmed in TV conditions, and sang twice for Wintertime Choirs at South Bank Centre December 2017. In 2018 we received funding from PRSF to record an album using no headphones and in real time with no overdubs using only one stereo microphone to keep the communication between the performers as live as possible. From these two half days of recording the project Land Mass was born. This is now (in 2022) just under an hour of music with enhancing film footage by Sara Pozin. In July 2022 Land Mass was selected by Lift-Off Film Festival, Los Angeles for an autumn screening at the historic Raleigh Studios, in the heart of Hollywood.
In March 2019 TIC performed at the cross-genre and conducted improvisation hub, Club Inégales, in Euston, as part of an event for International Women's Day, and in conjunction with a conference on Women in Musical Leadership, at Senate House, where Jenni Roditi gave the keynote speech.
In June 21019 TIC returned to Club Inégales and joined with the house band, conducted by Peter Wiegold, to present a joint evening of vocal and instrumental improvisations, conducted, at one point, jointly, by Peter and Jenni together.
TIC have collaborated with special guests who bring their own expertise: Cassie Yukawa-McBurney, piano, Toby Thompson, poet, Ian Shaw, singer and pianist, Cleveland Watkiss, singer and looper, and Peter Wiegold, conductor and pianist. They have all influenced and inspired the direction of the concerts and recordings they were part of.
During lockdown Land Mass was developed and is now ready for screenings. We welcome invitations to screen the film at your event.