Sunday, April 8, 2018


In the first week of April we spend two days in a nice little church in Katlijk (NL) for the project FEAN. We had some very special guest joining us: Annelies Monseré, Sylvain Chauveau and Joachim Badenhorst. We recorded loads of new music, just like we always do, just start from scratch and see what happens. We can't wait to share the results of the sessions, but it will take a while to mix, select and edit the hours of music we recorded. In autumn we will do some FEAN-shows. And there will also be a documentary made. But about all of that more news later on.

(picture of the church by Marc Quere).

Monday, February 5, 2018


Early April Piiptsjilling will be involved in an artist-in-residence project, together with the Belgian musicians Sylvain Chauveau, Annelies Monseré and Joachim Badenhorst. Theme of the project is peat (fean in Frisian) and mainly how peat soil is rapidly dissapearing under influance of the expanding, intensive agriculture. The deep draining of the soil makes the peat oxidate with an enourmous carbon dioxide emission as a result. Apart from that the sinking of the soil cuses damage to houses, dikes and the landscape. It is a big (ignored) problem in the Netherlands and in the region the Kleefstra brothers are living, it is also a problem in several European countries.

The content of this is the underlying motive that encourages the musicians to express themselves through music and poetry. The project wants to show that artists are involved in what is going on and how they translate this into art.

April 4th and 5th Piiptsjilling and the other artists come together in a small chuch in the north of the Netherlands, where both an artistic and theme-related exchange takes place resulting in a recording session. On the 5th an exclusive work-in-progress session will take place which you can visit and meet up with the whole bunch. The recordings will be used for a release in fall.

Monday, January 1, 2018


We start 2018 with a new release: LJERKE. LJERKE is a Dutch-Norwegian project, featuring the Kleefstra Bros and Sytze Pruiksma from the Netherlands and Alexander Rishaug, Hilde Marie Holsen and Michael Duch from Norway. We toured the Netherland from 6-13 November 2016, together with the video artists Marco Douma and Haraldur Karlsson. A project of live impro music, poetry and film. During the tour LJERKE also recorded material, which is now published on a cd + dvd by Eilean Records. The cd contains six pieces, the dvd five videos. Pre-sale: 2 January 2018, official release: 8 January 2018. Go to our Bandcamp to order LJERKE (just a few copies left)!