"Piiptsjilling is published by Onomatopee and consists of a CD plus 12-page booklet containing the original Frisian text plus Dutch and English translations. Piiptsjilling is the audio-equivalent of a Frisian landscape ... remote and melancholic. Friesland is the northern-most province of the Netherlands, and the home of poet Jan Kleefstra. Influenced by the landscape of his province, Jan wrote these poems in Frisian, a distinct language that is officially recognised by the Dutch government as a minority language, whereby it is granted official European protection. Kleefstra reads his own work on this CD and engages (as in does battle with) the sometimes oppressive music of Rutger Zuydervelt Machinefabriek. Mariska Baars (Soccer Committee) and Romke Kleefstra deftly provide extra layers of guitar resonance to create an intense improvisational setting, wherein the music seeps into Jan Kleefstra's texts. Zuydervelt composed this 32-minute precarious musical journey through a fictitious Frisian Landscape.
Jan Kleefstra has been performing his fragments, as he likes to call his poetry, for some years now. He has performed throughout the Netherlands, and his poetry has been published in a number of magazines and poetry anthologies. Earlier on, he produced a poetry reading with the painters Minne Onnes and Johan van Aken. Furthermore, Jan will publish his Frisian debut in Fragminten at the Friese Pers Boekerij BV in 2008.
Rutger Zuydervelt (1978) has released numerous CDs and LPs under the name Machinefabriek, on his own label and on labels such as Type, Lampse, Staalplaat and 12K (forthcoming). He has collaborated with Aaron Martin, Stephen Vitiello, Peter Broderick, Wouter van Veldhoven and Frans de Waard, among others. He has performed often in recent years, at places such as the Bimhuis, WORM, de Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, Argos in Brussels, the Transmediale festival in Berlin and the Hapzura festival in Israel."