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.