October Modellbahn house concert
Solo piano repertoire from pianist Sean Barker
Minimalist cello and piano duo CEEYS (rescheduled from September)
Exploratory gutiarists Takeshi Nishimoto and Kazuhide Yamaji
– presenting an alternate set of music from their Oct 20th Spektrum premiere
The Modellbahn house concert series in partnership with Q3Ambientfest hosts a cross section of musicians from Berlin and internationally. The programming features contemporary classical, experimental, improvisatory, ambient and electronic music.
The Friedrichshain location is a private residence that is a former storefront for model trains.
€10 suggested Donation
Email Kelly.Wyse@gmail.com to reserve a spot
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Sean Barker has worked as a freelance performer and teacher in Berlin since 2010. A native of Spokane, WA, Sean relocated to Berlin after completing his Masters Degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Montana, where he also holds Bachelors Degrees in Piano Performance and Clarinet Performance. Sean was a graduate teaching assistant during his masters program at the University of Montana, winning the University’s “Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year award” for the 2008 school year for outstanding teaching for the class The Language of Music.
While in Berlin, Sean has maintained a private teaching studio, while also working as co-head of the musical theater department of Die Etage, a performing arts school in Kreuzberg, from 2014 to 2016. Sean also works with a number of singers in Berlin, organizing a concert series at Sally Bowles Art Cafe featuring opera and cabaret singers from across Europe and North America. A recent highlight for Sean was premiering an original song cycle of his own composition, settings of Wallace Steven’s poems “13 Ways if Looking at a Blackbird”, with Canadian soprano Danielle Simpson.
In the Autumn of 2017, Sean has opened a new studio space in Moabit, working in the Stephansaal Musik Center. Lessons are currently available, and early in the New Year a new performance space will open after renovation of the hall is completed. Visit Stephansaal.Berlin for further information on available lessons and upcoming performances.
‘Hybrid’ is a word that’s always been vital to CEEYS’ vocabulary, but its application isn’t limited to the manner in which cellist Sebastian Selke and his brother, pianist Daniel Selke, combine their two instruments.
Instead, like the duo’s very name – which merges the words ‘cello’ and ‘keys’ – it’s reflective of their overall aesthetic,
one in which they integrate the many ingredients that have helped shape them as both musicians and people.
For the Selkes, the idea of bridging divides resonates in a particularly powerful fashion: now based in Potsdam, they grew up in East Berlin during the final decade of the German Democratic Republic.
CEEYS work is provoked by their urge to explore recollections of their youth, both before and after the fall of the regime, and
to apply those lessons and influences to contemporary music. Driven by their compulsion to improvise, it finds them consolidating cello and piano with vintage electronic instruments built by the country’s Vermona company between the 1950s and 1980s, during the Communist era, exploiting their knowledge of songwriting, textures and repetitive patterns to create an experimental but accessible sound that incorporates elements of jazz, pop, ambient and classical chamber music.
Consequently, the early influence of Bach, Beethoven and Debussy can be heard alongside the almost-forgotten compositions of East German based acts like Reinhard Lakomy, Wolfgang Paulke and Frank Fehse.
There are echoes, too, of the likes of Arvo Pärt, Arthur Russell, Philip Glass, as well as contemporary musicians, including Greg Haines, Nils Frahm and Sarah Neufeld. In fact, it was musicians like these latter ones, and the brothers’ collaborations with similarly minded others – including Ólafur Arnalds, Carlos Cipa and Martyn Heyne – that inspired them to found the annual Q3Ambientfest, whose inaugural event took place in 2017.
Takeshi Nishimoto (born in Fukuoka, Japan) is a classically-trained guitarist and composer who is conversant with European, Northern Indian, and American jazz classical traditions. In addition to collaborations with diverse artists late sitar master Rahul Sakyaputra to I’m Not a Gun associate John Tejada, Nishimoto has also performed extensively as a solo artist. Nishimoto’s second solo album, Lavandula was released from Berlin based Record Label, Sonic Pieces in 2013.