Experience 45 minutes of blissful, uplifting, accessible, ambient, meditative, serene, introspective, soothing, captivating, hypnotic, undulating, delicate, pensive, cinematic music performed live in an intimate recital space in the heart of the Ouseburn.
Featuring performances from composers of contemporary classical music. If you like Ludovico Einaudi, Max Richter, Michael Nyman, Nihls Frahm, Olafur Arnalds and others you are going to love this series of concerts.
Most of these concerts will take place monthly in Studio 2G, 36 Lime Street, NE1 2PQ with occasional forays into other exotic venues.
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Current dates are as follows;
Thursday 19th July @ 6pm – CEEYS
Sebastian & Daniel Selke
‘Hybrid’ is a word that has always been vital to CEEYS’ vocabulary, but its application is not limited to the manner in which
cellist Sebastian Selke and his brother, pianist Daniel Selke, combine their two instruments so harmoniously. Instead, like the duo’s very name – which merges the words ‘VIOLONCELLE’ (fr.: cello) and ‘KEYS’ – it is reflective of their overall aesthetic, one in which they integrate the many ingredients that have helped shape them as both musicians and people.
“Brought up in the last decade of the former GDR, we use our releases to come to terms with our memories, impressions and feelings about these rather hybrid times.” – CEEYS
The award-winning work of the duo is provoked by their urge to explore recollections of their youth, both before and after the fall of the regime, and to apply those lessons and influences to contemporary music. CS’ idiosyncratic style is characterised by a rather reduced approach to composition and improvisation. In exploiting their knowledge of songwriting, textures and repetitive patterns, they create an experimental but accessible minimalism between avant-garde and pop that incorporates elements of jazz, ambient and classical chamber music. Sebastian and Daniel have been featured on numerous album releases and soundtracks. Sebastian has also collaborated with ÓlafurArnalds and Spitfire Audio. They’ve also reworked the likes of Peter Broderick, Carlos Cipa and Lambert, and released two albums of their own, 2016’s The Grunewald Church Session and 2017’s Concrete Fields, released by 1631 Recordings, distributed digitally worldwide by Decca Publishing and Deutsche Grammophon. In combination with a love poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, the music and visualization for the album Concrete Fields won the Special Award at the International Poetry Film Festival Vienna in 2017.
Finally the brothers also founded Q3Ambientfest, a carefully curated annual boutique music festival,FLIMMERKONZERTE, a film concert series in partnership with Filmmuseum Potsdam and the co-curated KOSMOSKONZERTE, a house concert series at Rechenzentrum Potsdam. Currently, CS are presenting their third album WÆNDE at the Berlin label Neue Meister. Here, they focus on the remembrance of 1989, a year which brought many changes. At the same time, music for their first solo EPs is in the making, once more at their Klingenthal Studio, named after the small East German town where Vermona once invented and built its instruments. [Wyndham Wallace]
Friday August 3rd @ 7.15pm
in the Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn
Steve Luck www.steveluck.com
In this very special edition of the concert series, composer Steve Luck will play his beautiful, intimate solo piano pieces in (almost) complete darkness in the Victoria Tunnel. Come along and experience an underground 45 minute, musical treat for the senses and feel what its like to truly listen, in this remarkable, historic setting with fantastic acoustics.
Last time this event sold out – tickets are limited and early booking is advised.
Thursday 27th September @ 6pm
Cal Raasay https://calraasay.com/
Inspired greatly by his childhood memories of the West Coast of Scotland, Cal Raasay is a songwriter, composer and producer from Northumberland. ‘Cal Raasay’ is (in part) a reference to the story of
‘Calum’s Road’ on the Isle of Raasay. Through his music, Cal seeks to immerse the listener within rich atmospheric tracks that move between melancholy and menace.
His experimental debut EP ’57 – 6′, released in April 2017, was the result of a year spent building (and sometimes sleeping in) his studio in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Cal describes the record as ”a cleansing of built up emotions caused by years of neglecting my creative outlet”. Only a month later Cal released the sparser and more reflective follow up EP titled ‘Horizon / Afore’.
After a short UK tour in the summer of 2017, Cal was invited to play a private gig at ‘Raasay House’ on the Isle of Raasay. He reminisces ”despite a few technical issues to begin with, it was probably the best gig I’ve ever played, mostly because of how welcoming and kind the people of Raasay were to us. We drank and sang songs into the wee small hours”. Cal finished his debut year with a free single titled ‘ALS Recomposed’, a minimalist reworking of the traditional festive song ‘Auld Lang Syne’, released on December 24th.
For Piano Day 2018 on the 29th March, the international event started by the german composer Nils Frahm, Cal released a solo piano piece ‘Three’ accompanied by a timelapse video of the sunrise filmed that very morning. ‘Three’ was included on the official Piano Day playlist curated by Nils Frahm.
Cal Raasay is currently working on a three EPs for release in 2018. The first EP ‘Still’ was released on 27th April. In an interview with NARC magazine, Cal describes the inspiration behind the intensely atmospheric sound of ‘Still’: ‘a remote, steep sided valley with a deep loch/lake. I wrote the bones of the EP in the week shortly after buying my first piano last year. Like any new instrument in the studio, the piano seemed to extend the creative map in my head to a new realm of ideas. As I continued to play the pieces, I realised that my head would wander off to that valley, each track conveying a different weather/season.’
Friday 12th October @7.30pm
at Gosforth Civic Hall
Steve Luck/Simeon Walker/Mark Deeks
Further info and tickets on sale very soon.
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