A House Concert Series
KOSMOSKONZERTE is an open-minded house concert series.
While organized by musicians from Potsdam’s local scene, selected editions are carefully curated by brothers Sebastian and Daniel Selke, also known as award-winning cello-piano duo CEEYS, founders of Q3Ambientfest and in partnership with Modellbahn Music.
Presented by Rechenzentrum Potsdam.
Enzo Caterino (IT), Kelly Wyse (US), Lisa Morgenstern (DE)
& CEEYS (DE)
Oct 9, 2017
‘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 so harmoniously. Instead, like the duo’s very name – which merges the words ‘violoncelle’ (fr.: 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: the two brothers grew up in East Berlin during the final decade of the German Democratic Republic.
CS’ award-winning 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. Their style is characterized by a reduced approach to composition and improvisation. Sebastian and Daniel utilize the interplay between songwriting, textures and repetitive patterns to perform an experimental but accessible minimalism between avant-garde and pop that incorporates elements of jazz, ambient and classical chamber music. Sebastian and Daniel have been featured on numerous album releases and soundtracks. Sebastian has also collaborated with Ólafur Arnalds and Spitfire Audio. They’ve also reworked the likes of Peter Broderick, Carlos Cipa and Lambert, and released two albums of their own, 2016’s The Grunewald Church Session and 2017’s Concrete Fields, released by 1631 Recordings, distributed digitally worldwide by Decca Publishing and Deutsche Grammophon. The visualization of the album has won the Rilke Award at the International Poetry Film Festival Vienna.
In 2017 the brothers founded Q3Ambientfest. Currently, the Selke brothers are working on the third CS album, while also developing music for their first solo EPs, in their Klingenthal Studio, named after the small East German town where Vermona invented and built its instruments.
Space is limited.
10-12€ suggested donation
/////// BIOS ///////
:::::: Enzo Caterino ::::::
After studying cello at the Conservatoire in Naples, Enzo Caterino has toured Europe for many years as a chamber musician. Influenced by his time in jazz and rock bands, he has been composing his own songs for some years and finds inspiration in nature and meditation.
Quiet and powerful at the same time – cellist and composer Enzo Caterino is known to send his listeners on a journey. With his meditative, poetic sounds, he not only plays solo, but also creates the illusion of an entire orchestra with his CelLooProject.
:::::: Kelly Wyse ::::::
Kelly Wyse is a pianist, composer and teacher who in 2016 relocated to Berlin from Seattle. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts in piano performance and has recorded, performed or collaborated with a variety of groups and individuals including Pollens, X-Ray Press, Loscil, Orcas, Rafael Anton Irisarri, and The Seattle Pianist Collective.
:::::: Lisa Morgenstern ::::::
Lisa Morgenstern is a German / Bulgarian pianist, singer and composer who has established a reputation
for her intensely emotional performance style. The daughter of two orchestral musicians, Lisa was exposed to
music from a very young age and displayed a natural affnity towards the piano. As a teenager, she also trained as a
dancer, something that’s lent a unique elegance and poise to her music. Her debut full length,
‘Amphibian’, was self-released three years ago, and its atmospheric production and dark subject matter earned
plaudits for its romanticism, while a follow up EP, ‘Metamorphoses’, pursued a similar aesthetic and saw Lisa touring
through Germany and beyond. Nonetheless, her new album, ‘Chameleon’ – recorded in collaboration with
renowned Berlin based producer and cellist Sebastian Plano – fnds her taking huge strides and dramatically
expanding her range, employing a contemporary approach to electronics and songwriting while embracing her
background in classical music.
:::::: CEEYS ::::::
‘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.
Encouraged to play from the age of five by their parents, actress Gabriele Selke and radio presenter Harald Selke, the brothers went on to study music formally, with Sebastian graduating from Berlin’s Hanns Eisler Music Academy and Daniel from Leipzig’s Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Music Academy. These days, Sebastian is the assistant principal cellist at the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg, while Daniel is a lecturer for piano and chamber music at the State Music School in Potsdam. Both have been featured on numerous album releases and soundtracks, and Sebastian has also collaborated with BAFTA-winning Ólafur Arnalds on a virtual instrument for Spitfire Audio. They’ve also reworked the likes of Peter Broderick, Carlos Cipa and Lambert, and released two albums of their own, 2016’s The Grunewald Church Session and 2017’s Concrete Fields, released by 1631 Recordings, the acclaimed modern classical imprint of Swedish label Kning Disk.
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 (who also mixed and mastered Concrete Fields) – that inspired them to found the annual Q3Ambientfest, whose inaugural event took place in 2017.
Currently, the Selke brothers are working on the third CEEYS album, while also developing music for their first solo EPs, in their Klingenthal Studio, named after the small East German town where Vermona invented and built its instruments.
What will emerge from their work is hard to say, but there’s little question that it will continue to find them weaving together the threads of their musical interests to create yet more intriguing, innovative and inspiring hybrids…