CEEYS – Brueder Selke
CLEMENS C. PÖTZCH
F.S. BLUMM & MARC MARCOVIC
SERGIO DÍAZ DE ROJAS
JAKOB LINDHAGEN & VARGKVINT
JAKOB LINDHAGEN & VARGKVINT
JEREMY YOUNG & SHINYA SUGIMOTO
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).
Founded in 2017 by Daniel & Sebastian Selke, Q3A has 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.
Q3A is powered by Keychange, an international campaign which is run by PRS Foundation and supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and by the state capital Potsdam. Q3A is organised at Fabrik Potsdam, in partnership with Dutch music initiative Fluister, piano & coffee co., Traurig und Untanzbar, Klavins Piano Manufaktúra Kft., SOMA Laboratory, 30CC, Schh. and Brudenell Piano Sessions.
It also joins Piano Day, an annual worldwide event and platform for piano related projects founded by a group of likeminded people around pianist and composer Nils Frahm, that takes place on the 88th day of the year because of the number of keys on the instrument being celebrated.
From avant-garde to pop, Q3A is a mirror to the eclectic architecture of Potsdam, from neo-classical palaces to prefabricated ‘Plattenbauten’ (slab buildings). These Communist-era buildings gave its name to Q3A, which is an abbreviation for ‘Querwandbau‘ (cross-wall construction). Q3A seeks to explore the cultural and musical impact of East German heritage, a theme which has been fundamental to the creative concept behind CEEYS’ album and photography project Waende.
The photographs featured on this website were taken by Diane Barbé, exploring the visual and cultural influence of East German architecture. Images feature the unique superimpositions of neoclassical and socialist architecture in Potsdam, and hint as well to its international dimension with photographs taken on Zanzibar island, off the coast of Tanzania, where DDR teams of engineers were sent in the 1960s to experiment building ‘Plattenbauten’ in tropical contexts.
Curation and programmation by
Daniel & Sebastian Selke