Their album and photography project, CONCRETE FIELDS, is a personal reflection on both growing up in the dreary landscape of Europe’s largest prefab estate Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Berlin, East Germany, and their first musical contact with chamber music as an original duo playing cello and piano in the edgy last decade of the GDR:“We know that, at least in the beginning, it was a well-intentioned development built to offer more accommodation space to families. But the 80s was the last decade of the GDR and the endless grey blocks of cold concrete and steel communicate only anonymity and oppression. On the other hand, we had our daily lives, with school, friends, holidays and we started to learn what was to become our main instruments, the violoncello and the piano. After the ‘quiet’ revolution in 1989 and the fall of the wall, and throughout the 90s, the region always kept a blend of an edgy feeling of departure and a vague melancholy. To carefully handle all the different facets of this time period we decided to release our musical version in the form of a trilogy spread across the next few years. CONCRETE FIELDS will be part one and is dedicated to our dear parents Harald and Gabriele Selke.” — CS
CONCRETE FIELDS was written and performed live by Sebastian and Daniel Selke and kindly recorded by Francesco Donadello and Antonio Pulli at Voxton Studio. Martyn Heyne mixed and mastered the album at his beautiful Lichte Studio.
Photographs by Sebastian and Daniel Selke taken with some original GDR-cameras. Assistance, digitalization and edits by Anne Krausz.
The album was released in the form of a CD, limited LP and via Download on February 24, 2017 by 1631 Recordings.
Distributed digitally worldwide through Decca Publishing and Deutsche Grammophon.