Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Saturday, 24 June 2017
Piiptsjilling – Fiif
‘Fiif’ the new and fifth album by Piiptsjilling is released on June 23rd by Peter Foolen Editions.
Piiptsjilling consists of Jan and Romke Kleefstra (Alvaret Ensemble, Kleefstra|Bakker|Kleefstra, etc.), Mariska Baars (soccer Commitee) and Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek). They combine poetry with vocals, guitars and electronics. Whether in the studio or live, they always improvise. Without much discussion, they just start, and the music magically pours out, sometimes ethereally beautiful and at other times abstract and noisy.
Jan Kleefstra’s poems are in Frisian, a language most listeners won’t literally understand, but can just as well be experienced on a musical level, adding a sense of mysterious melancholy to the music.
Jan and Romke Kleefstra are also members of Kleefstra | Bakker| Kleefstra (with Anne Chris Bakker) and The Alvaret Ensemble (with Greg Haines and Sytze Pruiksma). Kleefstra | Bakker | Kleefstra released their 8th album ‘Dize’ (Midira Records) in February this year. The Alvaret Ensemble released their acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2012, with guests Peter Broderick and Martyn Heyne and recorded by Nils Frahm in the Grunewaldkirche in Berlin (Denovali Records).
Jan and Romke Kleefstra made with Celer and Rutger Zuydervelt the album GAU (MonotypeRec, 2012).
Mariska Baars makes music under the moniker ‘soccer Committee’, her first album ‘sC’ was released in 2007 (Morc Records). She collaborated with Rutger Zuydervelt on the albums ‘Gris Gris’ (Low Point, 2008), ‘Drawn’ (Digitalis & Morc Records 2008) and ‘Redrawn’ (self-released, 2012) with tracks of ‘Drawn’ covered and remixed by Peter Broderick, Taylor Dupree, Nate Wooley, Lawrence English, Mark Templeton and others.
Rutger Zuydervelt, often working under his alias Machinefabriek, released many solo recordings and collaborations. Machinefabriek’s music and soundscapes combines elements of ambient, modern classical music, minimalism, drone and field recordings. Rutger collaborated with many artists such as Michel Banabila, Nils Frahm, Richard Skelton, Dead Neanderthals, Peter Broderick, Wouter van Veldhoven, Gareth Davis and Tim Catlin. He composed music for dance and ballet and soundtracks for films. In 2011 he released his album ‘Sol Sketches’, the music for the film ‘Sol LeWitt’ by Chris Teerink. In 2016 he composed the soundtrack for the computer game ‘Astroneer’ (System Era, 2016).
The first album 'Piiptsjilling' was released in 2008 by Onomatopee (http://www.machinefabriek.nu/releases_-_collaborations/piiptsjilling).
‘Fiif’ doesn’t so much mark a new chapter for the band, but rather an organic progression of their sound. There’s a rougher edge to it then on previous albums like Wurdskrieme (Experimedia, 2010) or Moarntiids (Midira, 2014), and Mariska’s vocals have gained an even more important role.
The album was recorded at Studio Landscape in Gau and mastered by Lawrence English at 158, Brisbane, Australia, and is released on cd and as download.
The CD is released in an edition of 300 copies and comes in a vinyl transparent sleeve containing a folded poster with an image of a painting by Mariska Baars and the lyrics in Frisian and English.
Fiif is available for 10 euro at
or email me
more info about Piiptsjilling and its members
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Monday, 12 June 2017
Piiptsjilling – Fiif
‘Fiif’ is the new and fifth album by Piiptsjilling, to be released on June 23rd by Peter Foolen Editions.
Piiptsjilling consists of Jan & Romke Kleefstra (Alvaret Ensemble, Kleefstra|Bakker|Kleefstra, etc.), Mariska Baars (soccer Commitee) and Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek). They combine poetry with vocals, guitars and electronics. Whether in the studio or live, they always improvise. Without much discussion, they just start, and the music magically pours out, sometimes ethereally beautiful and at other times abstract and noisy.
The album was recorded at Studio Landscape in Gau and mastered by Lawrence English at 158, Brisbane, Australia, and will be released on cd and as download.
The CD is released in an edition of 300 copies and is available for pre-order until 23 June for 8 euro at:
or email me
After 23 June the price is 10 euro
listen to the track 'Delstrutsen' on Soundcloud:
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Roger Ackling / Carol Robertson / Trevor Sutton
27 May – 14 July 2017
Galerie Gisèle Linder
photographs © 2017 by Serge Hasenboehler
Friday, 2 June 2017
Hannah Lees is taking part at the group exhibition Companion Planting at the Goldsmith Allotment, London, an event exploring the intersection of art and ecology
event on Saturday 3 June, 3-8pm
University of London
London SE14 6NW
Hannah Lees, Rachel Pimm, Andrea Zucchini, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Andreas Sell, Michal Plata, Henry Mulhall, Laura Alabaf, The Mycological Twist, Charles Matthews
Stads Nauur Maken | Making Urban Nature
Jacques Vink, Piet Vollaard & Niels de Zwart
a book published by nai010 uitgevers/publishers, June 2017
320 pages, 24 x 17 cm, softcover
design by Yvo Zijlstra (Antenna-men)
Making Urban Nature is a book with examples about nature-inclusive designing in European cities. It calls for the integration of the living conditions found in nature in the designs of buildings and outdoor spaces and includes practical examples and design suggestions.
One of the projects in the book is Tree Museum Wateringse Veld, The Hague, by heman de vries for which I supplied a photograph in the book. Other projects in this book are Brown Roof Laban Dance Center, London, by Herzog & De Meuron and Vogt Landscape Architects, Eden Bio, Paris by Maison Éduard François and Crinkle Crankle Wall Distripark Eemhaven, Rotterdam by Krijn Giezen & Roel Bakker.
for more info
Peter Foolen – Vlietpark, Wateringseveld, Den Haag, 29 September 2011.
In this park there are 43 species of oak trees, as a part of the Tree Museum by herman de vries.
the book is available at book shops for € 34,95
on Thursday 22 June at 19:30 hours there will be a discussion with the authors of the book at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam. Free admission, see: