Friday 8 April 2022 | 20:00
Island Songs – Film von Ólafur Arnalds
Saturday 9 April 2022 | 20:00
Robert Ames & Ben Corrigan
Sunday 10 April 2022 | 19:00
Olof David Åhlén
Kelly James Wyse
5 String Theory
It is carefully curated by Brueder Selke, East Berlin-born polyinstrumental composers Sebastian and Daniel Selke, now living in Potsdam, who have become an insider tip as an award-winning cello-piano duo under their pseudonym CEEYS. The independent Q3A, with its hand-picked roster of talented colleagues, invites the open-minded music lover to discover today’s wide contemporary sound spectrum.
In the work of this long-term collaboration of two brothers who grew up on the other side of the Berlin Wall, the essential elements are encounter and exchange.
Each year, BS invite like-minded friends and renowned artists to meet on a common physical stage, and with their performances between academic avant-garde and accessible pop, develop a kind of film music that holds a mirror to and makes audible the eclectic architecture of the world-famous Filmstadt Potsdam, with its neoclassical palaces and socialist brutalism. The buildings the brothers grew up in gave Q3A its name, which is the abbreviation for Querwandbau – a type of Plattenbau that was widely used in the GDR.
Since 2017, Q3A partners with the fabrik Potsdam, an idyllic venue on the riverside for dance & movement art in Schiffbauergasse, an arts & culture quarter in Potsdam, and is supported by international media partners, independent music initiatives, progressive record labels, individual instrument makers, underground radio stations, investigative arts magazines, forward-thinking blogs, and alternative concert formats from around the world.
While Q3A is part of Keychange, an international campaign which is led by PRS Foundation and supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the remarkably musical gathering is funded by Brandenburg’s state capital Potsdam since 2018.
Q3A has also collaborated with independent music initiatives, custom instrument makers and alternative concert formats like Piano Day, Fluister, piano & coffee co., Traurig und Untanzbar, Klavins Piano Manufaktúra Kft., SOMA Laboratory, 30CC, Schh. Series and Brudenell Piano Sessions.