CEEYS are the Berlin-born, Potsdam-based brothers Sebastian and Daniel Selke, an instrumental duo performing an impressive hybrid of principally cello and piano, but also electronic instruments from communist-era East Germany. They play experimental modern classical music.
They have quickly become known for their beautiful reworks of music by contemporaries such as Peter Broderick and Ólafur Arnalds. In 2016 Ceeys made the debut with the critically acclaimed live-album THE GRUNEWALD CHURCH SESSION. After this sketchbook they returned with the album and photography project CONCRETE FIELDS to remember their early musical roots in the edgy last decade of the GDR.
Together with Dutch event label FLUISTER CEEYS launched Q3Ambientfest:
“In 2017, for the first time, we curated the annual festival for experimental modern classical music in Potsdam. It connects the city’s diverse historic architecture, from neo-classical palaces to GDR “Plattenbaus”, with the music of today’s contemporary composers of this unique genre. It takes place at the beginning of April in the inspiring artistic surrounds of the fabrik Potsdam near the world-famous film town Babelsberg. There we shared the stage with our friends and notable acts like Daniel Popov, Anne Müller, Stefano Guzzetti, Kinbrae, John Metcalfe, Martyn Heyne, Sophie Hutchings, Midori Hirano, Jeremy Young and Shinya Sugimoto. Q3Ambientfest is dedicated to all open-minded music lovers.” – CEEYS
Daniel studied piano and chamber music under Gerald Fauth at the ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig and works as a lecturer for piano and chamber music at the ‘Johann Sebastian Bach’ State Music School in Potsdam. Sebastian studied cello under Andreas Greger and legendary Josef Schwab at the ‘Hanns Eisler’ Academy in Berlin. He works as assistant principal cellist of the prestigious Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg. His latest collaboration includes cello samples for a virtual instrument by London-based Spitfire Audio, created and curated by Ólafur Arnalds.
CEEYS is a neologism and emerged from the coming-together of their respective instruments: the French spelling VIOLONCELLE and a wide range of instrumental KEYS. It also names the project’s hybrid unity.
Q3A is the abbreviation for “Querwandbau” (cross-wall construction), a particular type of multi-story pre-fabricated building constructed in the GDR where they once grew up.