Saturday, December 29, 2012


2012 was an eventful year for the Kleefstra Bros. Kleefstra|Bakker|Kleefstra's second full length Griis was released through Low Point, followed up by a nice tour with Celer and Machinefabriek and a live tape with two concerts of this tour, released through Northern Twilights.
Time Released Sound published Sinneplakken by Kleefstra|Pruiksma|Kuitwaard|Kleefstra as part of the gorgeous chocolate box series. With The Alvaret Ensemble we went to Iceland to meet up with some great Icelandic musicians and get ready for the artist in residence project Skeylja on the Oerol Festival. Eight sold out and completely improvised shows in a row made a highly awesome experience of Skeylja for every artist involved. And last but not least The Alvaret Ensemble’s double debut album was released and the group will hit the road.

Actually that’s not all we’ve done. We’ve been working on stuff that you’ll hear and see in 2013. So here’s a little preview of what is coming up.

First of all, concerning releases, expect postponed Piiptsjilling albums! And for those rocking to Piiptsjilling, three-quarter of the band’s been recording with Celer’s Will Long. We made a darn fine album out of these recordings. It is set for spring, on a very tasty Polish label. And also Kleefstra|Bakker|Kleefstra’s been recording. Again the trio made music for film, also to be released in the coming months and we're already thrilled by the results of that. In 2013 we might actually work a bit more on film, but more about all of this at a later date.

Live we will be performing quite a bit with The Alvaret Ensemble. Check the live dates on this blog. More Alvaret-dates will be added soon-ish. Also for our other collabs we’ve got plans for gigs, but that is still too premature to mention. And off course we would like to get the Skeylja-team on stage again… Well, so far, for the time being. More soon. Have an awesome 2013. Keep your glory, gold and glitter.