27 May 2014, by Rosate Velde
starts on 13 Jun 2014,
ends on 13 Jun 2014
245 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, United States
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I Am Oak is a folk/indie Utrecht-based band, founded in 2008 by Thijs Kuijken. The other members of the band are Stefan Breuer, Tammo Kersbergen and Robby Wouters. Since their debut in 2010, I Am Oak has built an impressive track record. They have won various prizes, has toured through thirteen countries, including performing at showcase festival SXSW in March 2012 and their albums have been released in many countries.
Whereas their debut album ‘On Claws’ (released by Snowstar Records in 2010) was warm and soothing, with banjo, organ and minimalistic beats, their following albums have a more electronic sound. In 2011, I Am Oak won the prestigious 3VOOR12 Award for best Dutch Album for ‘Oasem’ (pronounced as awesome). This album was written by Thijs Kuijken, but performed with I Am Oak. A trip to Finland was of huge inspiration for the music and the lyrics of this album. The jury described the songs as ‘night songs’, and as ‘music that takes you on a journey’.
Critics were even more enthusiastic about I Am Oak’s following album; ‘Nowhere or Tammensaari’. Again, recorded in Finland, this album exceeded all expectations, and was received with great critical acclaim. Without hurting the intimacy of the songs, ‘Nowhere or Tammensaari’ has a more and fuller electronic sound.
The latest album of I Am Oak, was launched in January 2014. ‘Ols Songd’ is a collection of previously unreleased songs. Thijs Kuijken: “These are old songs. While they were being written, they were already old songs. Though the content of the songs was current when they were written, the feelings enveloped in these songs had come over me before, making them old and new at the same time. Some time ago, another wave of similar feelings rolled in, reminding me of the old songs, obscuring the ability to differentiate between past and present – and inevitably the two intertwine.”
Check out the Dutch Sounds @ Northside playlist we made to listen to I Am Oak!
I Am Oak performing during Northside Festival upcoming events:
in the spotlight
Oct 23, 2018
On October 23rd, Amsterdam-based Flemish author Sarah Meuleman will publish her debut psychological triller "Find Me Gone" in the US
Oct 2, 2018
In October 2018, Introdans is coming to New York to perform "Canto Ostinato" on a choreography by Lucinda Childs
Jun 22, 2018
The creations of Viktor&Rolf are celebrated in a new Phaidon publication: "Viktor&Rolf: Cover Cover," conceived and designed by Irma Boom
Jul 1, 2018
From July 1st until November 25th, "Water, Wind, and Waves" will be on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC