Thursday, June 28, 2012


The artist in residence project Skeylja for the Oerol festival on the isle of Terschelling (NL) was really, really good. All performances in the isle's oldest church were sold out and reviews and reactions were very positive. The comibination of improvised music, with eich night another musician curating the evening, and the awesome visuals worked very well. Besides the performances in the church from June 15th till June 23rd, the Skeylja team also performed each day in a changing line up in a pavilion in the woods on the isle. Check for instance the video of the solo performance by Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson.

All Skeylja performances were recorded. The Skeylja collective will now pick out the best parts of quite a few hours of music to compose an album. So, there will be more Skeylja!

Skeylja: Borgar Magnason (upright bass), Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson (trumpet/bugle), Ingi Garðar Erlendsson (tuba/trombone), Kira Kira (vocals/electronica), The Alvaret Ensemble (Sytze Pruiksma: percussion, Jan Kleefstra: vocals, Romke Kleefstra: guitar, Greg Haines: piano) and videocollective 33 ⅓ (Douwe Dijkstra, Jules van Hulst, Coen Huisman). Skeylja is a co-production of Popfabryk and Oerol.

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Now that the artist in residence project Skeylja is fully on its way, there's a bit more to find about it. First of all there's a blog on the project website. There's a Dutch newspaper article to read here (part 1) and here (part 2). Cutting Edge posted some pics and on Facebook you can check footage on my page, the one of Skeylja and the one of the video collective 33 1/3. Much more soonish or sometime later.

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Skeylja, 15-24 June, Oerol Terschelling, feat. The Alvaret Ensemble with Kira Kira, Eirikur Orri Ólafsson, Ingi Gardar Erlendsson, Borgar Magnason and the video-collective 33one3rd. Go to the Skeylja website and / or check the info on [r]

Saturday, June 9, 2012


With last year's artist in residence project Seeljocht, some cool footage was made to the Piiptsjilling track Skobbetreden by 33one3rd. This track was published on the Seeljocht cd. The footage was shown during the Seeljocht performances of Piiptsjilling on the festivals Into The Great Wide Open, Explore The North and Le Guess Who? I uploaded it on Vimeo for everyone to see. Piip!

Piiptsjilling - Skobbetreden from K.I.L. on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 2, 2012


When the Kleefstra Bros jumped into the Landscape Studio with Sytze Pruiksma for one afternoon of instant composing, which lead to Deislieper, it was so much fun that they jumped into the studio again the very next day. Along with them jumped Christiaan Kuitwaard on guitar and another productive afternoon of improvisation it was. From the various pieces recorded the quartet selected five to put together an album. This album is out now. A special limited release called Sinneplakken.

Sinneplakken is released as a double 3-inch cd in a chocolate brown box by Time Released Sound. In the box are also two bags of East Frisian Tea. There's even some soil from the Wadden Sea inside! The chocolate box series is already sold out, but it's also available to order in the 5 inch replicated picture sleeve version through the label, so get it while you can.
It's pretty hard to discribe Sinneplakken. It is shurely different from Deislieper and our other recordings. It varies very much from a kind of rhythmic, krautrock-ish instrumental to a more familiar dark ambient to a minimal track with not much more than an Indian organ to harsh feedback drones.