‘Silhouette’ is a song by Daigo Hanada from the Moderna Records released album ‘Ichiru’.
Reworked and performed by CEEYS.
Stream/Buy the full album (12 tracks LP)-(CD/Digital):
Bandcamp : modernarecords.bandcamp.com/album/ichiru
iTunes : itunes.apple.com/ca/album/ichiru/id1198539909
Spotify : open.spotify.com/album/4rVHa8DsyPyT12IMpdSQOL
Artwork by Kevin Townsend artist :
Website – www.kevin-townsend.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/kevintownsendartist
Jonas Colstrup, High Plains, IN-IS, Resina, Ólafur Arnalds ft. Sinfonia Nord & Atli Örvarsson and more.
A deeply resonant modern classical journey with a focus on bowed strings and chamber music featuring:
Monolyth & Cobalt ft. Helena Espvall (France/USA)
Lucy Claire (UK)
Dustin O’Halloran (USA)
Ólafur Arnalds ft. Sinfonia Nord & Atli Örvarsson (Iceland)
High Plains (Canada/USA)
Stefano Guzzetti (Italy)
Jóhann Jóhannsson (Iceland)
Tim Linghaus (Germany)
Bing & Ruth (USA)
Ceeys – Concrete Fields (2017)
A Truly Special Experience
“CONCRETE FIELDS”, the new album from Ceeys, was released on Feb 24th 2017. Ceeys, who we introduced in an in-depth portrait not long ago, is the joint project of the Selke brothers, who were both introduced to classical music at a young age. The album and photography project “CONCRETE FIELDS” (Betonfelder) is a personal examination of growing up in the dreary landscape of Europe’s largest prefab (Plattenbau) residential estate Marzahn-Hellersdorf.
Such concrete housing developments were widespread in the former GDR, and could be found in almost all of the larger cities. Plattenbau estates were constructed on the outskirts of the cities, their monotony and anonymity accepted as economic considerations took precedent over the social and cultural needs of the residents. Some remain intact today, modernised and renovated, while others have become abandoned concrete ruins where nature slowly reclaims what was once taken from her. But if you really listen, you can still softly hear the laughter of the children who once played in the playgrounds of these Plattenbau estates.
The music from Ceeys is an acoustic journey back to worry-free childhoods in these concrete fields, this cold and meaningless landscape that nevertheless offered a feeling of warmth, safety and innocence. And Ceeys celebrates these acoustics at a very high level. With the piano and cello they create an emotional and harmonious sound that captures both the grayness and the colours of that time, a sound that brings us closer to a feeling of the life that once was. The inclusion of electronic nuances from GDR music equipment gives the Selke brothers’ musical arrangements and expression exactly that which makes them so extraordinary, and not just in neo-classical circles.
A Piece of History in Experimental Modern Classical Music
Ceeys understands perfectly–and that is no exaggeration–how to captivate the listener with their instruments, and, with heart and feeling, to raise classical music to a new Renaissance that reaches beyond time. You close your eyes and are taken back to your own childhood; for those who grew up in these concrete fields, the music may lead them to certain memories–their first kiss or the sadness of their daily march to work or school. Ceeys allows the listener to discover for themselves what feelings the music brings forth.
Calm, intimate, fragile, filled with emotion and empathy – these words perfectly describe Ceeys’ modern classical sounds in songs like “Based I + II” and “Lumen”. The piano slowly builds a mood that gets immediately under your skin. With the interplay of the cello, the Selke brothers create a mixed arrangement of music and empathy that is very rarely achieved by composers in the genre.
“Without Shelter” particularly is a piece that will stay with you for a long time. Then there’s the contrast of “Rüber” with its high level of electronic finesse. With the incorporated string instruments, the song builds a deeply engaging melancholy and will give you goose bumps. A piece that is definitely at the very forefront of experimental modern classic music.
But “CONCRETE FIELDS” is not just an album or photography project. It is much more than that. It is also a piece of self-reflection from our two protagonists, and a piece of history in modern classical music. With their album, Ceeys has shown what makes neo-classical music so unique, and how much heart and soul can go into making music that will stay with you forever. Especially live and in the acoustic spaces within churches where the pair like to perform, the music is like from another world and a truly special experience. Thank you Sebastian and Daniel!
CONCRETE FIELDS was released on 24 February 2017 on the classic music label 1631 Recordings.
Original german review:
C O N C R E T E F I E L D S
ALL MUSIC WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY CEEYS · ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE ON EBOW GUITAR BY Martyn Heyne · ALL TRACKS RECORDED BY Francesco Donadello AND Antonio Pulli AT VOXTON STUDIO · MIXED AND MASTERED BY MARTYN HEYNE AT LICHTE STUDIO · PHOTOGRAPHS MADE BY SEBASTIAN AND DANIEL SELKE WITH A ZEISS IKON AND REFLEKTA II
THANKS TO OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES, Jacqueline Halle
AND LENNART BORRMEISTER, ANNE KRAUSZ AND FRIEDRICH STÖRMER, Mattias Nilsson AND David Wenngren, Mike Grinser AND Thorsten Lütz, FRANCESCO DONADELLO AND ANTONIO PULLI, ROBERT HELBIG AND DANNY SCHUSTER, Katharina Tress AND Julia Grüßing, Alice Bacher, CHARLOTTE GODWIN, WIL CHANG, Arne Teubel, FRANK WELLE, Torsten Posselt AND MARTYN HEYNE.
The Q3Ambientfest is the festival for experimental modern classical music, launching in 2017 and curated by Potsdam-based instrumental duo CEEYS and Dutch event label FLUISTER.
The festival will focus on the range of today’s contemporary composers in the neo-classical scene, and is dedicated to all open-minded music lovers.
It will take place at the beginning of April in the inspiring artistic surrounds of the fabrik Potsdam near the world-famous film town Potsdam-Babelsberg.
Additionally, the festival aims to connect Potsdam’s diverse historic architecture, from neo-classical palaces to GDR “Plattenbaus”, with the music and work of the artists of this unique genre.
Q3A is the abbreviation for “Querwandbau” (cross-wall construction), a particular type of multi-story pre-fabricated building constructed in the GDR.
Das Q3Ambientfest ist das Festival für experimentelle moderne Klassik und findet 2017 zum ersten Mal statt.
Kuratoren sind das Potsdamer Instrumentalduo CEEYS und das niederländische Eventlabel FLUISTER.
Das Festival widmet sich der Bandbreite heutiger Komponisten der Neoklassik und richtet sich an den aufgeschlossenen Musikliebhaber. Anfang April findet es in der inspirierenden künstlerischen Atmosphäre der fabrik Potsdam nahe der Filmstadt Babelsberg statt.
Anspruch des Festivals ist es, die Stadt Potsdam mit seiner vielfältigen historischen Architektur zwischen neoklassischen Schlössern und DDR-Plattenbau mit der Musik und dem Schaffen der Künstler dieses einzigartigen Genres zu verbinden.
Q3A steht als Kürzel für die erste mehrgeschossige Großserie in Typenbauweise in der DDR: Querwandtyp 3 Variante A.
Delighted and thankful post that THE GRUNEWALD CHURCH SESSION is included in Headphone Commute’s Best of 2016 list!
Bruno Sanfilippo, Bruno Bavota, Julien Marchal, Marco Caricola, Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Ben Lukas Boysen, Lubomyr Melnyk, M. Ostermeier, Memorybell, Tim Linghaus and Jason van Wyk!