“It’s an extraordinary piece of music. It’s a work of two brothers, Sebastian on cello and Daniel on piano, and together they play as CEEYS. I saw them premiere tracks from their new album at Neue Meister gig that I went to very recently in Berlin. This is a project, which is actually dedicated to their parents and it is written about the buildings that surrounded them in their childhood, growing up on the streets of East Berlin.” – Mary Anne Hobbs BBC Radio 6 Music
The work of Sebastian and Daniel is marked by a joyful dualism – which is at the same time preserved and resolved by means of a completing and rivalling juxtaposition. The idea of crossing musical barriers is personally motivated; the Selkes grew up in East-Berlin in the final decade of the socialist GDR, where especially being creative was the way to find one’s niche. Along with their classical training, their interest in contemporary ideas started to grow from an early age. In search of a shared musical language and inspired by the terms ‘violoncelle’ and ‘keys,’ their project CEEYS was born.