IT DEEL is a new project for the upcoming years by the Romke Kleefstra & Jan Kleefstra in collaboration with Popfabryk. The underlying motive for this new project is the disastrous damage to the nature. Together with guest musicians the brothers work on new material in the Thomaskerk in Katlijk (Friesland, NL) which stands in relation to this theme of environmental decline.
For the first album IT DEEL I they collaborate with Jacaszek.
IT DEEL I is released on vinyl mastered by Jos Smolders at EARLabs and comes in beautiful artwork from Rutger Zuydervelt.
About IT DEEL I
SOUNDS FROM THE FORESTS
IT DEEL is a new project for the upcoming years by the Kleefstra Bros in collaboration with Popfabryk. The underlying motive for this new project is the disastrous damage to the nature. Together with guest musicians the brothers work on new material in the Thomaskerk in Katlijk (Friesland, NL) which stands in relation to this theme of environmental decline. Each project is presented live in front of an audience after a week, and results in a vinyl release on Moving Furniture Records.
The Kleefstra Bros: “Trees are pre-eminently the example of life forms that are predestinated to a fixed place. This spot is where they have to survive. For tens, to hundreds of years they are bound to this specific spot, surrender to it. With untouchable patience, many of the trees in Oranjewoud (an old forest in Friesland) have seen many generations of people pass by. But still we claim as if we can decide over their lives and let them suffer with all our interventions in their environment.
The Kleefstra Bros are poet Jan Kleefstra and guitarist Romke Kleefstra. Both are member of (amongst others) Piiptsjilling, The Alvaret Ensemble, CMKK, Tsjinlûd and Kleefstra|Bakker|Kleefstra. For IT DEEL I in 2021 they collaborated with the Polish composer, producer, and sound artist Michał Jacaszek.
Michał Jacaszek creates electro-acoustic music in which electronic sounds are combined with acoustic instruments. He often collaborates with other artist from various backgrounds incl. video art, visual arts, dance choreography and photography.
IT DEEL I is released on vinyl limited to 300 copies in artwork designed by Rutger Zuydervelt and available digital.
The album will be presented with a short tour in the Netherlands this fall.
20-10, 2022: De Gelderlandfabriek in Culemborg
21-10, 2022: De Perifeer in Deventer
23-10, 2022: De Ruimte in Amsterdam
The Kleefstras I knew from earlier works, and their influence on this album is what we know them for. Spoken word in Frisian (a language spoken in the northern part of the Netherlands) accompanied by soundscapes built up from ambience, drone and field recordings. Not formally introduced to the works and methods of Michał Jacaszek, I think he’s a name to remember or look out for. Some releases on Touch and Ghostly International shouldn’t be too hard to find and give a little indication of what to expect. The soundscapes on “It Deel I” sound more orchestral than what I remember from other projects by the brothers Kleefstra – which might very well be the additional input of Michał, the result of the collaboration or perhaps I’m completely wrong, and the releases I’m referring to in my mind didn’t have the orchestral approach that much.
Two releases that are really beautiful and worth your time, though I must admit that of the two, my personal favourite is the Scanner / Modelbau collaboration. I definitely wouldn’t mind hearing more of that. (BW)