Alvaret Ensemble and FEAN on French label LAAPS Records
In January 2020 the French label Eilean Records (which has released the album Ljerke in 2018 https://popfabryk.nl/project/lj) will make a step towards a larger scale and wider international attention under a new name: LAAPS Records. The first two releases on this label include the Frisian poetry of Jan Kleefstra, member of RIXT- Frisian poets pack.
In January 2020 the much anticipated third release by the Alvaret Ensemble, called ‘Ea’, will come out on double vinyl and cd. For this record The Alvaret Ensemble consists of Greg Haines, Olga Wojchiekowska, Joana Guerra, Sytze Pruiksma and the brothers Romke and Jan Kleefstra. This album was recorded in the Dorpskerk church in Huizum, Leeuwarden. The release will be accompanied by a transcript of the included Frisian poems with English translations provided by Vivien D. Glass.
In February 2020 the second album from the project FEAN, called ‘FEAN II’, will be released on vinyl and cd. Last year their first album was released by the Amsterdam based label Moving Furniture Records. After a few successful concerts, amongst others on Explore the North, the French label got interested in releasing work by the FEAN project as well. FEAN II will be accompanied by the Frisian poems and English translations as well. FEAN is a project consisting of the collective Piiptsjilling (Rutger Zuydervelt, Mariska Baars and the brothers Romke and Jan Kleefstra) and Sylvain Chaveau, Annelies Monsere and Joachim Badenhorst and deals with the soil subsidence of the peatlands used for agriculture in Fryslân. The music was recorded in the Church of St Thomas in Katlijk. Omrop Fryslân made a two-piece documentary about this issue in which FEAN functioned as a continuous thread throughout the documentary.
FEAN and the Alvaret Ensemble are both supported by the Popfabryk.
Both releases will be available all over the world, but also through the bandcamp of the Kleefstra brothers, on which previous work by the Alvaret Ensemble and much more is still available. Take a gander at: https://kleefstrabros.bandcamp.com/. Physical cd’s of the first FEAN album are no longer available, but you can still buy it digitally.
And a poem by Jan Kleefstra from the record ‘Ea’ (Alvaret Ensemble, 2020 LAAPS records).
After falling from the sky you humbly
place a chair where no one dares to sit
and spill some milk before an insane eye
fist grasping grass
eyes out to sea
no star will lie beside you
no shimmering back carry you to
the ancient peace
don’t put your foot where there is no support
don’t waste a life on a drifting tribe