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CEEYS Interview “WÆNDE” The world you see and don’t see

CEEYS / Portrait by Mizuki Kin Tachibana

Interview: ARI MATSUOKA

Date of interview: 27 July, 2020

Globalization is supposed to create a world where national “borders” become increasingly permeable and irrelevant, but, ironically, the world as we see it is crisscrossed with dividing lines. Our world today is full of divisions due to racial, religious, economic, generational and various other factors.

What should the new “border” be treated 31 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall?
The brother duo artist “CEEYS”, who works in Potsdam, Germany, released the album “WÆNDE” in 2018. What you can see and what you can’t see. We and them have a common theme. We talked to them about the “border” that knows about Germany, which is divided into east and west.

CEEYS / Portrait by Roman Koblov

Q1. First of all, please introduce yourself (such as your brothers doing music activities).

We are Brueder Selke, Sebastian on cello and Daniel on piano, and we mainly release under the alias CEEYS. Growing up on the streets of Berlin during the last decade of the Communist-era German Democratic Republic we lived behind the Iron Curtain. It’s something we carry with us into our music – through thoughts, atmospheres and architectural references.
Today we are about bringing open-minded, live music formats to our new home of Potsdam near the world-famous film town Babelsberg just less then an hour away from Berlin. Here we invite artists from across the world to not only play with us on stage but also to help create a special bond between their avant-garde, pop music styles and Potsdam’s diverse, historic and diverse architecture from neoclassical palaces to Communist-era Plattenbau. As well as being our new home, we built our new recording space in Potsdam – Klingentha Studio. Driven by our deeply rooted compulsion to improvise, along with experimenting with cello and piano, we also create using traditional instruments from the socialist era. Sebastian recently added a new cello to his setup which came from Klingenthal, one of the four infamous places in the Saxon “Musikwinkel” – German for “musical corner” – of the Vogtlandkreis.

Q2. Please tell me about the origin of the CEEYS name.

It might appear a little cryptic at first, but we actually found it be very organic as long as you understand our way with music and history. The easiest way is to understand that it is the bringing together of cello and the keys.
With cello in the beginning it seems to be spelled like “cheese” but we keep this for photo sessions – just smile. Cello takes its name from the French “violoncelle” and as kids we were very impressed by the French electronic music scene.
Daniel on the other side not only plays the piano but all kinds of keyboard instruments. And Sebastian adds some bass and kick modules too. but here is also another aspect of the name: While growing up we early listened a lot to Reinhard Lakomy´s Der Traumzauberbaum, a record for children.
This inspired us a lot, and soon we noticed East German rock groups like Toni Krahl’s CITY, which was full of violin, and the duo KEY who just used western synthesisers. This then helped us with the name, taking cues from both CITY and KEY.

City – Am Fenster Videoclip 1978

The music of CS not only reveals an intimate dialogue between artist and instrument but it can, amongst other interpretations, also be seen as a recognition and continuation of those musical experiments that emerged in the former GDR. One of these other interpretations is its communicative moment. Understanding our concept helps like-minded fans discover more than just the music; it can be an essential experience and prove to be more enriching.
Plus, notice that our last name Selke matches with our other five-letter artistic name CEEYS, listen to SEAS or SEES or short cut CEEYS to CS, and just feel inspired by it all.

CEEYS – Zanzibar (Official Music Video) | WÆNDE

Q3 When in 1989, the Berlin Wall was torn down, you were still a young kid. In 2018 you released the album “WÆNDE” which means something like “Walls” in German. I somehow got the impression, that it deals with your feelings towards “Borders” during the separation of Berlin in east and west. Could you tell us in detail about the story behind this album?

Walls, or WÆNDE in German, have shaped us from the very day we were born – both historically and musically.
Back then in our Hellersdorf prefab building, we could hear each other practise our instruments through the paper thin walls of our childhood bedrooms. The same was true for the neighbours above and below us. So in these times of walls, they kept on knocking – not exactly with musicality but with all the more passion – in their very own
rhythm onto radiators, their apartment floors or the ceiling.
The sudden fall of the Berlin Wall, or WÆNDE was not only a historic turning point it changed our whole life. Growing up in the last decade of the former GDR, restrictions and the overcoming of material lack were our daily companions. The memories, impressions and feelings, the two sides of one medal – the Wall – help us to understand the present time a little better.
The music helped us to find our way as we always dreamed of making an album about these times.

CEEYS – Hiddensee (Official Music Video)

Q4 In your works, you are not solely relying on music, but also on self-made pictures and images to visualize your expressions. One could say, that you are using a double layered approach in your works. What do you think, we humans can gain from art, music, literature or pictures? How can we grasp something from a uncertain world?  

None of us really know why we are here on this little planet. It seems to be more about a feeling and our reflections.
For us art, literature, pictures, and music are part of our universal language to show our impressions and emotions while living in this one cosmos, in this one moment. We hope that one part of our puzzled language will reach people and helps them to understand their world a little better as well. We were encouraged to play from a preschool age by our parents, Gabriele Selke – an actress and Harald Selke – a radio presenter. We went on to formally study music, with Sebastian graduating from ‘Hanns Eisler’ Berlin and Daniel from ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ Leipzig. We still remember the one sentence by Hanns Eisler printed in the foyer of the Hochschule: “Wer nur etwas von Musik versteht, versteht auch von Musik nichts.“ (Who only knows something about music, also knows nothing about music.)
We’re also planning an exhibition of our album-accompanying photographs. The cover and inside artwork of our album sleeves, for the most part, introduce images from our photo session in 2015.
It’s a short series of a typical prefab building that were very common during that time. Convoluted, contorted, anonymous, including not only a vast number of balconies but also enormous mosaics on the buildings’ sides.
The images were shot present day, using – with some professional guidance – original cameras from that time.

The cover of our LP “HIDDENSEE”, a sort of travel album, presents the same apartment block from an ambiguous perspective, such that it resembles both a ship’s bow and a mountain.
The special edition, limited to 100 vinyl copies, was released with a silkscreen-printed collection of 12 postcards – to match the number of tracks on the album. These cards were produced using a Risograph printer and show motifs of the island of Hiddensee from a home video from 1986.

While the video was filmed on an original AG8 handheld camera from the then CSSR, the ecologically friendly Risography was taken from Japan (the Far East).

Q5 Could you tell us about your newest project or future plans? Are currently working on something?
Thank you for this question, as we love to talk about future projects. Here our dreams can fly with hope as the main inspirational motor.
This chapter starts with the impact COVID-19 has had on our ideas, projects and formats. Earlier this year we wanted to celebrate the fourth edition of “Q3Ambientfest” with a special lineup that would have seen us collaborating with Peter Broderick´s duo project Constant Presence, alongside Daniel O’Sullivan. We released a beautiful handmade 10-inch vinyl via Gregory Euclide`s beautiful Thesis Project called Thesis 17. The plan was to share the stage at this year’s festival and later present the record personally to the audience.
We also invited 18 other beautiful artists and friends but due to
the worldwide pandemic many had to cancel their flights. But this is no time for resignation. As mentioned above we already learned to work with limitations and restrictions and soon we started with the reschedule. Q3Ambientfest has been postponed to 2021 and we already started to love the constellation of year numbers.

CEEYS – Q3Ambientfest 2019 (Official Aftermovie)

As two brothers and with the concept of a dividing Wall, we love everything about the number two. Our acoustic cello-piano double album is announced for fall 2020. We are also about to release for the first time under our own name, as Brueder Selke. There are many different projects we would love to present and this step seems obvious for us to spread the word even a little bit more.

One example is our upcoming collaboration with LANDR, a Canadian platform for unique music services. They invited us to release some
individual sample packs based on our restored East European synthesisers we‘ve collected for over 20 years. We are more then proud and have always wanted to make packs to share with musicians of all genres.
We love to share our whole work from samples, to reworks, to the stage. It is our main focus for what music should stand for today and after the first devastating images of COVID-19 going across Italy, it was by no accident that you saw Italian people sharing music from balcony to balcony. It is the very essence of music.

CEEYS / Portrait by Mizuki Kin Tachibana

Q6 Up until now, the year 2020 was a year with lots of news and changes. Especially artists now face a strong conflict between society and themselves or their position and influence in it, while constantly trying to find new ways of “art” by trails and error. In midst of this difficult situation, what do you think is the most important thing artists should do in the next generation to “break through to the future”?

Music will remain the very essence for many aspects in life. It is the only thing we as Brueder Selke can do to express our ideas and to connect with people around the world. With our music we are still in touch with many friends around the globe planning new shows and collaborations, and using the free time to recalibrate our creative engines. And to be honest, before the crisis we sometimes had a feeling of a collapsing world. For us it just was a question of time. Everything went faster and faster, more and more, louder and even louder. It sucked a little bit-yes. We had to postpone our boutique festival and it hurts our soul. But we now used the time to record our new record HAUSMUSIK and to discover a new release perspective. Just take the limitations as they come and you will find to your essence.
There is a time where the best thing you could do from running is to stop.


CEEYS

New Single “Im Fenster” 

Spotify,YouTube Music,available now on platforms!

CEEYS – Im Fenster (Official Music Video) | HAUSMUSIK
Spotify – CEEYS “Im Fenster”

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C E E Y S
KOSMOSKONZERTE #34
Hannes Kretzer & CEEYS
Oct 5, 2020
Rechenzentrum Potsdam

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. Presented by Rechenzentrum Potsdam.

Bitte beachten:
Aufgrund der Abstandsregeln haben wir im Haus nur 20 Sitzplätze.
Bitte meldet euch verbindlich per Mail an, wenn ihr dabei sein wollt:

karten@rz-potsdam.de

Ihr bekommt dann per Mail eine Bestätigung. 2 Menschen aus einem Haushalt bzw. Paare können zusammen sitzen. Wir nehmen eure Kontaktdaten in einer Liste auf.
Solltet ihr spontan kommen werden dann am Einlass eure Kontaktdaten in einer Liste aufgenommen.
Kommt bitte nicht, solltet ihr euch in irgendeiner Weise krank fühlen.

Und: Tragt bitte am Einlass, im Haus und an der Bar eure Maske. Wenn ihr euren festen Sitzplatz eingenommen habt dürft ihr nach derzeitigen Regeln die Maske abnehmen.

Wir freuen uns auf ein Live-Wiedersehen mit euch!

Tür: 19:00
Shows: 20:00 (2 Pausen)
Limitierte Plätze.
10€ / 7€ Eintritt
Ermäßigt: Gäste unter 18 Jahren, Gäste mit Schwerbehindertenausweis, RZ, Hartz IV

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Please note:
Due to the distance rules we only have 20 seats in the house.
Please register bindingly by mail if you want to be part of the event:

karten@rz-potsdam.de

You will then receive a confirmation by e-mail. 2 people from one household or couples can sit together. We will include your contact details in a list. If you come spontaneously, your contact details will be added to a list at the entrance. Please do not come if you feel ill in any way.

And: Please wear your mask at the entrance, in the house and at the bar. After you have taken your permanent seat, you may remove your mask according to the current rules.

We are looking forward to seeing you again live!

Doors: 19:00
Shows: 20:00 (2 Breaks)
Space is limited.
10€ / 7€ donation.
Reduced: Guests under 18 years of age, guests with a severely disabled pass, RZ, Hartz IV

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

:::::: Hannes Kretzer ::::::

“In search of the perfect acoustic mirror for his perception of the world Harnes Kretzer started early to collect and distort sound effects until they fitted into his mental universe. Synthesizer pioneers as Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream were his first spiritual compagnions on his experimental encounter with sounds.

Soon Hannes Kretzer realized the confinement of this synthetic cosmos and enlarged his interest toward neo-classical ambient soundscapes. He discovered the richness of composers as Eric Satie, Nils Frahm and Dustin O’Halloran. Especially in their inconspicuous fragments Harnes Kretzer found the diversity of acoustic perception he was looking for. The art of Lo-Fi provided a solid ground for an immense variety of musical journals.
The warm and mellow sound of a very old piano tempted him to explore the possibilities of this acoustic instrument. He tought himself to master and control the richness of the sounds, replayed the sounds on old tape recorders and entangled them with field recordings, noisy children’s toys, drawling synthesizers and squeeking piano stools.

The audience perceives the process of acoustic development and becomes part of the evolution of the sound concept. This implementation is one of the most relevant features in the compositions of Hannes Kretzer.”

www.harnes-kretzer.de
https://www.facebook.com/harnes.kretzer/
https://soundcloud.com/harneskretzer/rise-panic
https://youtu.be/Ilq28t7BpjY


:::::: CEEYS ::::::

CEEYS are the multitalented instrumentalists and musicians Sebastian and Daniel Selke.
Combining a shared passion for music and an impressive resume working alongside fellow luminaries Ólafur Arnalds and Peter Broderick, they release their upcoming album HAUSMUSIK on Oct 9th 2020. Their 5th duo production again quickly amassed an organic following of listeners and got acclaim from tastemakers like Mary Anne Hobbs and BBC Radio 6:

“It’s an extraordinary piece of music. It’s the work of two brothers, Sebastian on cello and Daniel on piano, and together
they play as CEEYS. This is a project which is written about the buildings that surrounded them in their childhood,
growing up on the streets of East Berlin.“

They already started planning the 4th edition of their up and coming Q3Ambientfest – a music happening for contemporary music.

www.ceeys.de
www.q3ambientfest.com
www.facebook.com/CEEYSMusic
www.youtube.com/user/CEEYSMusic

Vorverkaufsstart: 03.09.2020, 16:00 Uhr

Im Rahmen des Neo-Klassik ‚Weekender‘ vom 02.-04. Okt. 2020 kommen gleich fünf hochkarätige Vertreter des Genres nach Köln. Mit stark limitierten Plätzen und genügend Abstand, dürfen wir uns auf einzigartige Konzerte im ‚Green Room‘, der überdachten Terrasse des Stadtgartens, freuen. Bei schlechtem Wetter werden die Konzerte in den großen Saal des Stadtgartens verlegt. Hier gibt es ein ausgearbeitetes Hygienekonzept mit entsprechenden Sicherheitsmaßnahmen zur Kontaktbeschränkung, welches unter anderem genügend Abstand zum Sitznachbarn sowie eine platzgenaue Rückverfolgbarkeit aller Gäste vorsieht. Während der Konzerte herrscht auf den Sitzplätzen keine Maskenpflicht.

CEEYS
02.10.2020
Köln • Green Room des Stadtgarten
Einlass: 20:00 Uhr, Beginn 21:00 Uhr
Vorverkaufsstart: 03.09.2020, 16:00 Uhr

Tickets

Die in Potsdam ansässigen Brüder Sebastian und Daniel Selke haben sich in ihrer gesamten Karriere immer wieder mit Themen ihres kommunistisch geprägten ostdeutschen Erbes befasst. Die durch ihre Musik geretteten Erinnerungen sind bei weitem nicht nur historischer, sondern vor allememotionaler Natur. Es ist eine Rückbesinnung auf ihre Vergangenheit: die Kindheit und Jugend im Ostberlin des letzten Jahrzehnts der DDR und der Nachwendezeit. Im Kern kann die Musik des Duos wie ein Dialog zwischen Brüdern über ihre Erziehung und ihre Erfahrungen gehört werden, ein Gespräch, das durch Sebastians Cello und Daniels Klavier Form erlangt und sich im gemeinsamen Spiel zu CEEYS vereint.
Der inhärente Dualismus beschränkt sich dabei nicht nur auf die Art, in der die beiden Musiker ihre Instrumente miteinander verbinden. Parallel zu ihrer klassischen Ausbildung entwickelten die Brüder schon früh ein Interesse an zeitgenössischen Ideen von Musik. Dieses Verständnis hat sich in ihrer Zusammenarbeit zu einem kontinuierlichen Narrativ über ihr Aufwachsen in der DDR sowie die architektonische und gesellschaftliche Umgebung, die sie als Musiker und Persönlichkeiten geprägt hat, gefestigt.

Eine Veranstaltung von a.s.s. concerts in Kooperation mit der Initiative Kölner Jazz Haus e.V.

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‘Rueber’ is a song by CEEYS, Brothers Selke from the album ‘Concrete Fields’ originally released on 1631 Recordings.

Reworked by Rutger Zuydervelt / Machinefabriek.
Recorded and mixed by Francesco Donadello and Antonio Pulli at Vox-Ton Studio, Berlin.

This rework is part of a collection of pieces by contemporary composers.

C E E Y S

A Boutique Music Festival

Q3AMBIENTFEST

Edition 2020 · Nov 28

Fabrik Potsdam

 

Q3AMBIENTFEST is a three-day happening for neoclassical and experimental music, featuring established and emerging artists from diverse genres and origins. The handpicked roster of talent for this year’s festival, founded and carefully curated by brothers Sebastian and Daniel Selke, the award-winning Potsdam-based cello-piano duo CEEYS, invites open-minded music lovers to discover today’s contemporary composers and performers. From avant-garde to pop, Q3A holds a mirror to the eclectic architecture of Potsdam, from neo-classical palaces to prefabricated “Plattenbauten” (panelhouses). These Communist-era buildings gave Q3A its name, which is an abbreviation for “Querwandbau” (cross-wall construction).

Despite the tense CoVid-19 situation, we are able to present a special line-up. This is also worth mentioning because, in contrast to many festivals in the genre of neo-classical, ambient and experimental drone music, except the curators there are all female musicians this year:

In 2015 the Armenian pianist and composer Marie Awadis (AR) released her debut solo album “Echoes”, followed by “Searching” two years later in 2017, which reflects a journey to her roots, her identity and her musical existence. Since 2018 she has been actively performing in Germany and Europe, collaborating with various artists for studio recordings and live performances. Recently she finished the recordings for her album, on the unique Klavin’s M189 Concert Una Corda, which was written especially for this instrument.

Anne Müller (DE) released her first solo album Heliopause on November 22, 2019 on the London label Erased Tapes. It ties in with numerous collaborative releases – like the duo album with Nils Frahm 7fingers, but also guest appearances on Frahms All Melody and the music for the feature film Victoria (German Film Award), Ólafur Arnalds’ & Nils Frahms Collaborative Works and Fallen Trees by Lubomyr Melnyk – released on the London label Erased Tapes, whose 5 and 10 year anniversary boxes exclusively feature two of their solo titles (Waltzes for Robert, Bel Tono).

Hoshiko Yamane (JP) is a classically trained violinist and member of the legendary band Tangerine Dream. She is also an accomplished composer, whether she releases and plays under her own name or as Tukico, her unique sound is characterized by looped strings along with moog synths and effects. Under Hoshiko Yamane she will release several solo albums on the Swedish label 1631 Recordings, and collaborates with Decca Publishing on film music, as well as with many musicians and dancers.

Berlin-based multimedia artist Diane Barbé (FR) combines experimental music, field recordings, voice, radio and video to explore sound dreams and ambient stories. Fascinated by the diverse landscapes of the French countryside, she developed her photographic practice as meditation and contemplation of time and space. Working as a researcher in architectural history and urban planning, she recognized the need to explore sonic dimensions in order to understand and explore our environments. She was trained as a DJane by Felix Blume and performed under the name Diaphane for Ambient and Environmental.

The evening begins with the extraordinary film Island Songs by Ólafur Arnalds (IS). From the remotest village in the north to the beautiful and desolate Westfjords, to the busy bars of Reykjavik, Icelanders make up one of the most musical nations in the world. But why do these people, who have one of the highest per capita emigrant rates in the world, choose to live under such difficult conditions? How does this affect their music making? In Iceland Songs, the innovative and brilliant composer Ólafur Arnalds (BAFTA prizewinner for Broadchurch) explores the vibrant artistic life of his fellow countrymen in a fascinating music/film portrait.

Last but not least, the brothers and curators of the Q3Ambientfest Sebastian and Daniel Selke aka CEEYS (DE) will also take the stage. The work of Sebastian and Daniel – Mary Anne Hobbs from the BBC characterizes it as “an extraordinary piece of music” – is characterized by contrasts and the desire to overcome musical boundaries. This is how the project CEEYS was born in the search for a common language in the East of Berlin. CEEYS are represented at 1631 Recordings, Oscarson and Neue Meister. Their anthology started with CONCRETE FIELDS and WÆNDE is available on record and CD. CONCRETE FIELDS is distributed worldwide in digital version by Decca Publishing and Deutsche Grammophon, WÆNDE and HIDDENSEE are published by Kick the Flame Publishing from Leipzig. 2017 saw the start of her Europe-wide WÆNDE tour, which in the end even took her along the west coast of the USA. The duo played at festivals like Fusion or Reeperbahn. After a joint record with the duo Constant Presence – Peter Broderick and Daniel O’Sullivan – the Selke brothers release their fifth album HAUSMUSIK in 2020 in the form of a double LP and CD.

As a special highlight all musicians will improvise together in a sextet at the end.

Q3A 2020 will take place at Fabrik Potsdam on November 28th 2020, in partnership with Dutch music initiative Fluister, piano & coffee co., Traurig und Untanzbar, Klavins Piano Manufaktúra Kft., SOMA Laboratory, 30CC, Schh. Series and Brudenell Piano Sessions.

Launched in 2017, Q3A hosted 72 artists from 23 different countries, and takes place at Fabrik Potsdam, near the world-famous film town Babelsberg, less than an hour away from Berlin.

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Im April 2017 feierte das Q3Ambientfest Premiere in der Fabrik Potsdam. Das dreitägige Boutique-Musikfestival gegründet und sorgfältig kuratiert von den Brüdern Sebastian und Daniel Selke, auch bekannt als preisgekröntes Potsdamer Cello-Piano Duo CEEYS, widmet sich insbesondere neoklassischer und experimenteller Musik. Der aufgeschlossene Musikliebhaber ist eingeladen, eine handverlesene Auswahl an etablierten und aufsteigenden zeitgenössischen MusikerInnen und KomponistInnen kennen zu lernen.

Anspruch des Festivals ist es darüber hinaus, eine besondere Schnittstelle zwischen Musik von Avantgarde bis Pop und Potsdams vielfältiger historischer Architektur, von neoklassizistischen Schlössern bis zum DDR-Plattenbau, zu schaffen. Der Name Q3A ist eine Abkürzung für den sogenannten „Querwandbau“ aus DDR-Zeiten.

Trotz der angespannten CoVid-19 Situation gelingt es ein besonderes Line-Up präsentieren zu können. Hervorzuheben auch deshalb, da es sich, anders als bei vielen Festivals im Genre der Neo-Klassik, Ambient und experimentellen Dronen-Musik neben den Kuratoren ausschließlich um Musikerinnen handelt:

2015 veröffentlichte die armenische Pianistin und Komponistin Marie Awadis (AR) ihr Debüt-Soloalbum “Echoes”, gefolgt von “Searching” zwei Jahre später 2017, das eine Reise zu ihren Wurzeln, ihrer Identität und ihrer musikalischen Existenz widerspiegelt. Seit 2018 konzertiert sie aktiv in Deutschland und Europa, wobei sie auch mit verschiedenen Künstlern für Studioaufnahmen und Live-Auftritte zusammenarbeitet. Kürzlich beendete sie die Aufnahmen zu ihrem bevorstehenden Album, auf dem einzigartigen Klavins M189 Concert Una Corda, das speziell für dieses Instrument geschrieben wurde.

Anne Müller (DE) veröffentlichte am 22. November 2019 bei dem Londoner Label Erased Tapes ihr erstes Soloalbum Heliopause. Es knüpft an zahlreiche kollaborativen Veröffentlichungen an — wie das Duo-Album mit Nils Frahm 7fingers, aber auch Gastauftritte auf Frahms All Melody und der Musik zum Kinofilm Victoria (Deutscher Filmpreis), Ólafur Arnalds’ & Nils Frahms Collaborative Works und Fallen Trees von Lubomyr Melnyk — veröffentlicht bei dem Londoner Labels Erased Tapes, auf dessen Jubiläumsboxen zum 5 und 10 jährigen Bestehen exklusiv zwei ihrer Solotitel (Walzer für Robert, Bel Tono) zu finden sind.

Hoshiko Yamane (JP) ist eine klassisch ausgebildete Violinistin und Mitglied der legendären Band Tangerine Dream. Sie ist auch eine versierte Komponistin, ob sie nun unter ihrem eigenen Namen oder als Tukico veröffentlicht und spielt, ihr einzigartiger Sound zeichnet sich durch geloopte Streicher zusammen mit Moog-Synths und Effekten aus. Unter Hoshiko Yamane wird sie einige Soloalben beim schwedischen Label 1631 Recordings veröffentlichen, und arbeitet mit Decca Publishing im Bereich Filmmusik, sowie mit vielen Musikern und Tänzern zusammen.

Die in Berlin lebende Multimediakünstlerin Diane Barbé (FR) kombiniert experimentelle Musik, Field Recordings, Stimme, Radio und Video, um Klangträume und ambiente Geschichten zu erforschen. Fasziniert von den vielfältigen Landschaften der französischen Landschaft, entwickelte sie ihre fotografische Praxis als Meditation und Kontemplation von Zeit und Raum. Da sie als Forscherin in Architekturgeschichte und Städtebau arbeitete, erkannte sie die Notwendigkeit, klangliche Dimensionen zu erforschen, um unsere Umgebungen zu verstehen und zu erforschen. Sie wurde bei Felix Blume als DJane ausgebildet und trat unter dem Namen Diaphane für Ambient- und Environmental auf.

Der Abend beginnt mit dem außergewöhnlichen Film Island Songs von Ólafur Arnalds (IS). Vom entlegensten Dorf im Norden bis hin zu den schönen und trostlosen Westfjorden, über die geschäftigen Bars von Reykjavik, bilden die Isländer eine der musikalischsten Nationen der Welt. Aber warum entscheiden sich diese Menschen, die eine der höchsten Pro-Kopf-Ensembleraten der Welt haben, dafür, unter solch schwierigen Bedingungen zu leben? Wie wirkt sich das auf ihr Musizieren aus? In Island Songs erforscht der innovative und brillante Komponist Ólafur Arnalds (BAFTA-Preisträger für Broadchurch) das pulsierende künstlerische Leben seiner Landsleute in einem faszinierenden Musik-/Filmporträt.

Nicht zuletzt werden auch die Brüder und Kuratoren des Q3Ambientfest Sebastian und Daniel Selke aka CEEYS (DE) die Bühne bespielen. Die Arbeit von Sebastian und Daniel – Mary Anne Hobbs von der BBC charakterisiert sie als “an extraordinary piece of music” – ist von Gegensätzlichkeit und dem Wunsch geprägt, musikalisch Grenzen zu überwinden. So entstand auf der Suche nach einer gemeinsamen Sprache im Osten Berlins das Projekt CEEYS. CEEYS sind bei 1631 Recordings, Oscarson und Neue Meister vertreten. Ihre Anthologie begonnen mit CONCRETE FIELDS und WÆNDE ist auf Schallplatte und CD erhältlich. CONCRETE FIELDS wird in digitaler Version weltweit von Decca Publishing und Deutsche Grammophon vertrieben, WÆNDE und HIDDENSEE von Kick the Flame Publishing aus Leipzig verlegt. 2017 begann ihre europaweite WÆNDE-Tour, die sie am Ende sogar entlang der Westküste der USA führte. Das Duo spielte auf Festivals wie Fusion oder Reeperbahn. Nach einer gemeinsamen Platte mit dem Duo Constant Presence – Peter Broderick und Daniel O’Sullivan – veröffentlichen die Brüder Selke ihr fünftes Album HAUSMUSIK in 2020 in Form einer Doppel-LP und -CD.

Als besonderes Highlight werden alle MusikerInnen am Ende gemeinsam im Sextett improvisieren.

Das Festival findet am 28.11.2020 erneut in der Fabrik Potsdam und in Kooperation mit der niederländischen Musikinitiative Fluister, piano & coffee co., Traurig und Untanzbar, Klavins Piano Manufaktúra Kft., SOMA Laboratory, 30CC, Schh. Series und Brudenell Piano Sessions statt, nahe der weltberühmten Filmstadt Babelsberg, nur eine knappe Stunde von Berlin entfernt.


Bisher waren 72 KünstlerInnen aus 23 verschiedenen Ländern zu Gast in Potsdam.

 

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

Happy to share with you ‘In The Sky And On The Ground’ a song by Nils Frahm from the album ‘The Bells’ originally released on Kning Disk.Reworked and performed by CEEYS, Brothers Selke.Recorded and mixed by CEEYS, Sebastian and Daniel Selke at Klingenthal Studio, Potsdam.Mastered by Michael Schwabe at Monoposto, Dusseldorf.This rework is part of a collection of pieces by contemporary composers, reworked and performed by CEEYS, Brothers Selke.

Happy to share w/ you ‘Kind’ a song by Nils Frahm from the album ‘Felt’ originally released on Erased Tapes Records.Reworked and performed by CEEYS, Brothers Selke.Recorded and mixed by Francesco Donadello and Antonio Pulli at Vox-Ton Studio, Berlin.Mastered by CEEYS, Sebastian and Daniel Selke at Klingenthal Studio, Potsdam.This rework is part of a collection of pieces by contemporary composers, reworked and performed by CEEYS, Brothers Selke.