news. updated 5/7/02
niels van hoorn & mark spybey presents
The pair met several years ago when Niels was playing with The Legendary Pink Dots in Vancouver and they immediately struck up a friendship. In December 1999, Spybey moved back to Europe and settled in with the Van Hoorn family, deep in rural Holland, close to the city of Nijmegen, where he lived for six months prior to settling in London.
Niels is a veteran of the Dutch music scene, first playing with the band
Liberty in the late sixties, subsequently with the avant garde ensemble
S.E.M, studying Sonology. By the time he joined The Legendary Pink Dots,
over ten years ago, he had played with many bands and artists in Holland.
His playing is melodic and innovative. He uses wind synthesizers in addition
to saxophones and flutes. Niels is noted for his exuberant stage performance,
often playing two saxophones at the same time and invariably walking into
the crowd during the set. He has toured both the USA and Europe regularly
with The Legendary Pink Dots appearing on 10 albums. He has also recorded
with The Teargarden, the collaborative project between Skinny Puppy/Download
and The Legendary Pink Dots. In 2000, Niels played concerts with Spybey
as part of Dead Voices In Air.
De Klaverland Kloempen Voetbal Club was assembled by Mark Spybey
from hours of recordings made in the studio and on location in the nature
reserve of Klaverland, where Niels has lived for over 25 years. The recording
is an homage to both the playing of Niels, his love of jazz, the blues
and the landscape within which it was created. Sounds were obtained from
diverse sources: river boats, mice scampering in the roof of the studio,
klaxon horns from a neighbouring shipyard and the sound of a generator.
They were treated much in the same way as the wind instruments, processed,
sampled and edited using a conceptual framework devised by the pair. The
cd comes with annotated notes, written by a variety of collaborators,
telling the story of how this cd was made.