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CEEYS are the brotherly duo of Daniel and Sebastian Selke on Piano and Cello respectively. Over the years they have been carving out their own part of the modern classical scene with releases on the 1631 Recordings, Oscarson and Neue Meister labels as well as curating the Q3Ambientfest. Their piece “Plans” has a rather raw, almost folky sound with the cello contributing to this feel with it’s earthy, scratchy, droney sound, while the piano feels somewhat wrapped in cotton wool. It is quite the contrast of sounds between raw and protected. The piece has an open feel, like it doesn’t necessary lead you in a particular direction or vein, instead it opens up possibilities of interpretations.“

“Mediterraneo” includes tracks by Philip G Anderson, Laura Masotto, Christine Ott, Jim Perkins, Fiona Brice – Music, CEEYS, Snowdrops, Lorenzo Masotto, Daniela Savoldi, Anna Yarbrough, Eleuteria, Cabeki, Glowworm, Luca Longobardi.

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Night Gestalt – Night on Earth (feat. Behdad Babaei)
Laughing Ears – Unstable
CEEYS – Helikopter
Joep Beving & Suzanne Ciani – 432 (Suzanne Ciani Rework)
Park Jiha – Thunder Shower
Kin Leonn – Visionary
Lanark Artefax – Ferthenheap
Sophia Saze – Rash
Quirke – Fluorescent Phlegm
Villaelvin – Rey
Hinako Omori – Auraelia
Heinali – Starling Reprise II
Pétra – Fuzz
Rrose – Horizon

Thesis Project:
CEEYS (Sebastian Selke, Daniel Selke) and
CONSTANT PRESENCE (Peter Broderick, Daniel O’Sullivan)
Thesis 017
Release date: 4.4.2020
Limited to 300 copies

Pre-order:
https://thesisproject.bandcamp.com/…/thesis-17-ceeys-consta…

To be released on the conceptual collaborative-minded, boutique label Thesis, is the new joint project by the two neo-classical and contemporary ambient acts of CEEYS, and CONSTANT PRESENCE, the new outing between Peter Broderick [Erased Tapes, Type, Efterklang], and Daniel O’Sullivan [Grumbling Fur, Guapo]. Released during scheduled Q3AMBIENTFEST, a sterling three-day event of avant-garde, experimental pop and ambient-classical taking place in Potsdam, Germany during the first weekend of April, the limited edition 10inch EP, enriched with Zen ideology, comes replete with bespoke artwork, exclusive handmade packaging, and laser-etched designs.

CONSTANT PRESENCE, the new mesmerizing project by soundsmith Peter Broderick and multidimensional songwriter Daniel O’Sullivan, has been sporadically performing across the globe since coming together in 2019. This new, recorded body of music will see their release alongside the cello-piano brothers, Sebastian and Daniel Selke aka. CEEYS, who also happen to be the founding partners and curators behind Q3AMBIENTFEST.


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Looking to celebrate the notions of duology, unity and harmony, the EP features two ambient tracks that are enshrined in the teachings Shunryu Suzuki, a twentieth-century Soto Zen monk who gained popularity in the Western world for his teaching of Zen Buddhism outside of Japan. This nature of dualism becomes ever more pertinent when factoring in the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the bringing together of new and old worlds, and the pairing of Potsdam and Berlin. The East-West divide is something also very admissible to the works of the Selke brother’s, who imbue various elements of their East German upbringing within their recordings and philosophical approaches. Now celebrating even corona shut down everything its fourth year, Q3AMBIENTFEST is CEEYS’ labour of love, and it was a great honour, love and respect that they can now release something together with the multitalented and accomplished minds that are Broderick and O’Sullivan.

The Thesis Project, now on its 17th release, has set about on uniting two different artists together to create limited, custom designed bodies of music. Uniquely crafted and designed by Gregory Euclide, each 10” jacket for THESIS 17 consists of laser cut-etched designs portraying brutalist architecture and atomic structures glued on top of airbrushed designs that use the homemade Black Walnut Ink that Euclide made himself from the trees on his property, then letter pressed with the THESIS logo.

Each record is hand numbered in an edition of 300, and will be made available on the second day of former scheduled Q3AMBIENTFEST, where it is also possible to get the record hand-signed by the artists. During the second day of the festival CONSTANT PRESENCE would share the stage with CEEYS, for a unique performance that juxtaposes the notion of duality and harmony yet further, in a show that will combine professionalism with liveliness, method with lightness of touch, and efficacy with flexibility.

Further info available on CEEYS.de and Q3Ambientfest.com.

Take care of you and your family.


Looking to celebrate the notions of duology, unity and harmony, the EP features two ambient tracks that are enshrined in the teachings Shunryu Suzuki, a twentieth-century Soto Zen monk who gained popularity in the Western world for his teaching of Zen Buddhism outside of Japan. This nature of dualism becomes ever more pertinent when factoring in the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the bringing together of new and old worlds, and the pairing of Potsdam and Berlin. The East-West divide is something also very admissible to the works of the Selke brother’s, who imbue various elements of their East German upbringing within their recordings and philosophical approaches. Now celebrating even corona shut down everything its fourth year, Q3AMBIENTFEST is CEEYS’ labour of love, and it was a great honour, love and respect that they can now release something together with the multitalented and accomplished minds that are Broderick and O’Sullivan.

The Thesis Project, now on its 17th release, has set about on uniting two different artists together to create limited, custom designed bodies of music. Uniquely crafted and designed by Gregory Euclide, each 10” jacket for THESIS 17 consists of laser cut-etched designs portraying brutalist architecture and atomic structures glued on top of airbrushed designs that use the homemade Black Walnut Ink that Euclide made himself from the trees on his property, then letter pressed with the THESIS logo.

Each record is hand numbered in an edition of 300, and will be made available on the second day of former scheduled Q3AMBIENTFEST, where it is also possible to get the record hand-signed by the artists. During the second day of the festival CONSTANT PRESENCE would share the stage with CEEYS, for a unique performance that juxtaposes the notion of duality and harmony yet further, in a show that will combine professionalism with liveliness, method with lightness of touch, and efficacy with flexibility.

Further info available on CEEYS.de and Q3Ambientfest.com.

Take care of you and your family.

Das Q3Ambientfest ist leider abgesagt. Die Tickets behalten ihre Gültigkeit für die nächste Ausgabe. Wir informieren Sie zeitnah über den neuen Termin.
Falls Sie sich jedoch entscheiden sollten, bereits gekaufte Tickets nicht in Anspruch zu nehmen, wenden Sie sich bitte an:
– für online gekaufte Tickets über Reservix: 01806 700 733 oder tickets@reservix.de
– für Tickets erworben in einer Vorverkaufsstelle: an die jeweilige Vorverkaufsstelle
– für Tickets erworben in der fabrik Potsdam: tickets@fabrikpotsdam.de
The Q3Ambienfest is unfortunately cancelled. The tickets remain valid for the next edition. We will inform you about the new date as soon as possible.
However, should you decide not to use tickets already purchased, please contact us:
– for tickets purchased online via Reservix: 01806 700 733 or tickets@reservix.de
– for tickets purchased at a ticket agency: to the respective ticket agency
– for tickets purchased at the fabrik Potsdam: tickets@fabrikpotsdam.de

A guide to Q3AMBIENTFEST, Potsdam’s boutique ambient gala

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Dan Cole

At the end of the month, Potsdam will play host to a neo-classical gala that will feature the latest  project by Erased Tapes’ Peter Broderick, a film screening by Iceland’s accomplished Ólafur Arnalds, a yoga-score by Tangerine Dream’s Hoshiko Yamane, and much much more.

To get a deeper insight behind what one can behold during Q3AMBIENTFEST, the three day ambient-boutique fest taking place at Fabrik Potsdam, we spoke to the curators CEEYS, aka. neo-classical production duo Daniel and Sebastian Selke.

For more information, check out the event listing.

What made you decide to run an ambient festival?We’ve played classical chamber music since our childhood but became interested in all different aspects of contemporary music. We soon started composing our first sketches to extend our repertoire, and electronic music artists like Vangelis, Isao Tomita, and Jean-Michel Jarre became our main inspiration.

During the 2010s we found more and more like-minded friends in the digital domain and started thinking on how to unite this growing family. Even seeing cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir win the Oscar for her innovative dark-cello Joker score shows that there seem to be signs of a change in the awareness of the industry.

So in 2017 after more than 20 years we moved to Potsdam and just the first thing we did was to found this boutique fest. It was a gift to contemporary music and a thank you for the endless support from like-minded artists and our longtime fans. 

And why decide to run it in Potsdam?From the first steps into the city’s culture and eclectic architecture — from the castles of Frederick the Great to the communist-era Plattenbauten — we found many parallels with the music approach of classically associated instruments playing experimental, accessible music.

It also feels like live-scoring the city’s eclectic architectural appearance. As an imprint to Berlin it definitely made sense to do this little add-on here in Potsdam – Berlin’s little sister.

What does the name Q3A stand for?Communist-era buildings were given the name Q3A, which is an abbreviation for “Querwandbau” (cross-wall construction).

It was in these buildings we lived for over twenty years. These remembrances are all part of our CEEYS releases from The Grunewald Church Session to Concrete Fields, Wænde, and Hiddensee. Even our release of the same name tries to made this ‘overcoming of the wall’ a topic.

What makes the festival stand out from the other musical offerings happening?
We are not just the curators. We experiment, compose and play by ourselves, and for us it feels really more like a family meeting when handpicking the lineup. A little bit like Christmas in April right before Easter.

The idea was to just find the time and place to share ideas, and in best case collaborate. We also hope to bring inspiring moments to the creators and listeners to maybe even start their own musical vision and become one of us.

For us the main inspiration comes exactly from these subtle first steps. Listening to someone, watching to find this little spark what makes the difference. Emerging artists are invited along with nice side-projects by the established scene. We position ourselves more closely to the new experimental projects.

In the end it is a search for hope; a light in the end of the tunnel in these complex sometimes confusing days. Plus the audience is always invited to send us links to new discoveries.

The repertoire of Q3A starts with all aspects of contemporary classical music; post-/alt-/modern-/indi- or neo-classical and yes, we already know the different shapes of each facet. We then move on to ambient, drone, experimental but also singer songwriters are welcome.

We also have an interest in the male/female gender balance, from the team to the artists, and are part of Keychange/PRS foundation.

Every artist can be heard when entering the venue on Friday evening to Sunday thanks to a really straight and simple schedule. Of course there is kind of a delicate red string by our curation but no crossover shows. Audience and artists (and we) don’t have to hurry, don’t lose any performance. There is no rush then just the performances.

Apart from yourselves of course, who else should people check out on the line-up?
It’s a nice handpicked weekend and not too expensive so to be honest you should check out all our acts. They are definitely all worth it.

All contributions have kind of personal connection to us or even collaborated with our longtime brothers duo project CEEYS.

We have Amanda Bloom (AU), Christopher Sky (US), Chantal Acda (NL), Resina (PL), Anne Müller (DE), Lau Nau (FI), Rauelsson (ES), Marie Awadis (AR), Ell Kendall (UK), Vaghy (HU), Mara Simpson (UK), Khyaam Haque (US), Tobias Lichtmann (DE), Simeon Walker (UK) and Diane Barbé (FR).

Close to the music performances we will have a film Screening of “Island Songs” by Ólafur Arnalds. Sebastian is closely connected to Ólis’ music due to an acclaimed virtual instrument by Spitfire Audio made for film composers, which they created together with Viktor Orri Arnason. He was recommended by Nils Frahm to take part in this, and since then he appeared on a few Erased Tapes releases, including their latest anniversary box 1+1=X.

Also for the first time we pair music to sports: Gyrokinesis, an intense version of yoga. Chizu Kimura will team up on Saturday morning with Hoshiko Yamane from Tangerine Dream, and with CEEYS on Sunday morning.

Finally we round off the approach of collective thinking with a mesmerizing collaboration from CONSTANT PRESENCE, Peter Broderick’s latest duo project with Daniel O’ Sullivan and our very own duo project CEEYS.

Live on stage, this performance follows the 2×2 ambient release on legendary American Thesis Project released on the second day of Q3A in the form of a 10 inch vinyl with intricate handmade artwork by founder Gregory Euclide. Find out more here.

As artists, you focus on many East German aspects within your work. Do you think a lot of East German culture has been lost?
Well, we don’t glorify or idealize the East German communist-era. But we were and are still impressed by how people arranged their lives within all these limitations including the impossibility to travel when the world was split by the iron curtain.

We started thinking about how things came like they still exist. Even our project, in that it brings together two instruments together and makes them one: CEEYS. We also try to walk in the musical footsteps started by East German music projects. So you could even read CEEYS as a mixture from the eastern band City, who included a violin in their rock-setup, and the synthesizer duo project Key by Frank Fehse.

Today we focus on that dualist balance, based on our personal story. So even small items like our portable cardboard chairs we use on stage just become an organic part of our works.

What else should people check out when making the day-trip down to Potsdam?
Like we mentioned before, our idea of scoring the city’s architecture could make sense in a nice sightseeing tour. You could take a green bus or even a raft to make it a weekend between history and holiday. Check out some art galleries in the city centre or the Filmmuseum, where every now and then our FLIMMERKONZERTE takes place.

An insider tip is the Ruinenberg, its funny fake ruins are a nice place to linger or take a selfie.

Have we not yet wetted your whistle enough? Then check out CEEYS’ music over at Bandcamp.

Release 04 04 2020

so delighted to announce pre-order Thesis 17 w/ CEEYS (Sebastian Selke, Daniel Selke) & CONSTANT PRESENCE (Peter Broderick, Daniel O’Sullivan)

in a time where everything closes you can get a beautiful inspiring handmade vinyl by the gifted hands of Gregory Euclide

The Thesis Project, now on its 17th release, has set about on uniting two different artists together to create limited, custom designed bodies of music. Uniquely crafted and designed by Gregory Euclide, each 10” jacket for THESIS 17 consists of laser cut-etched designs portraying brutalist architecture and atomic structures glued on top of airbrushed designs that use the homemade Black Walnut Ink that Euclide made himself from the trees on his property, then letter pressed with the THESIS logo. Each record is hand numbered in an edition of 300, and will be made available on the second day Q3AMBIENTFEST, where it is also possible to get the record hand-signed by the artists. During the second day of the festival CONSTANT PRESENCE will share the stage with CEEYS, for a unique performance that juxtaposes the notion of duality and harmony yet further, in a show that will combine professionalism with liveliness, method with lightness of touch, and efficacy with flexibility.

**Handmade from sheets of acid free Canson Fine Art Paper. Each Sleeve and Jacket is laser cut, folded, glued, airbrushed by artist/project owner Gregory Euclide. Hand numbered. Each album comes with Sleeve, Jacket, 10″ black vinyl and acrylic record sleeve.

While this astral release is closely linked to Q3Ambientfest, its title NOTHING SPECIAL is a tip of the hat to the wisdom teachings of Shunryu Suzuki (1905-1971) the most famous Soto Zen monk of the 20th century. He was the very first Zen master who gained popularity in the Western world for his teaching of Zen Buddhism outside of Japan: the Far East. Just smile!

Much Love
Sebastian & Daniel Selke,
Peter Broderick & Daniel O’Sullivan

THESIS PROJECT.US

Thank You:
Gregory Euclide,
Everyone at Kick The Flame Publishing,
Erased Tapes Records & Publishing,
Mute Song
and Jacqueline Halle!

Dedicated to Harald and Gabriele Selke.

For Alma Lucia *22.02.2019.
credits
releases April 2, 2020

2020 (C) CEEYS, Sebastian and Daniel Selke &
CONSTANT PRESENCE, Peter Broderick and Daniel O’Sullivan

2020 (P) THESIS PRODUCTIONS
Design / Artwork: Gregory Euclide
Assistance: Gabor Kerekes

All music written and produced by CEEYS, Sebastian & Daniel Selke at Klingenthal Studio Potsdam and CONSTANT PRESENCE, Peter Broderick and Daniel O’Sullivan’ in their respective studios. While Sebastian Selke played on cello with effects and mono + kick lancet, Daniel Selke played on piano and pipe synthesiser with effects, while Peter Broderick talked, sang, played violin, piano and effects, Daniel O’Sullivan sang, played organ, synthesiser, clarinet, viola and effects.
Mastered by the gifted hands of Martyn Heyne at Lichte Studio Berlin.