About Cesair

Ever since mankind learned how to speak, stories have been shared and passed down through generations. As such, legends gave birth to epic songs. It is this manner of storytelling that lies at the heart of Cesair's music. As a band, they aim to bring to life the epic tale of the eponymous Cesair, a mythological princess that sailed the oceans 5,000 years ago.

They set to music the chapters of her story, captured by the words of many romantic souls, with unique, original compositions, performed on a great variety of instruments. Their music incorporates the musical, spiritual and historical heritage of cultures from all around the Orient and Occident, creating a mixture of eastern sounds and rhythms and traditional as well as modern European folk music. They invite you to join them in a world of timeless adventures and colourful characters, and to take part in a story that may last a lifetime.

Band Members

Monique van Deursen

Vocals, bodhrán, darbuka, zills

Sophie Zaaijer

Violins, viola, cello, vocals, percussion

Thomas Biesmeijer

Guitars, Irish bouzouki, vocals, percussion

Faber Auroch

Piano, nyckelharpa, vocals

Luka Aubri

Slideridoo, vocals

Jan de Vries

Drums & percussion

Discography

Throughout our time on this planet We have released two full-length albums, one special edition of our debut album and have partaken in numerous compilation CD's and digital releases. Find out more below.

Albums

Omphalos

Foxy Records | 2017

Remember, there was a time before us. In this old world, a sense of belonging and feeling of oneness kept us together through storm and flood. Remember, there was a place; a center in the cycles of life, a portal to the inner earth. Marked with stone monuments, such places stood aligned with the pathway to the stars. Remember, there was a name at the beginning: Omphalos, the navel of the earth.

A bridge between the old and the new, Omphalos is the long awaited follow-up to Cesair's debut Dies, Nox et Omnia, featuring 12 original songs performed by former and current band members, as well as a guest appearance by FAUN's Stephan Groth.

Produced, recorded & mixed by Fieke van den Hurk | Dearworld studio
Mastered by Darius van Hefteren | Amsterdam Mastering

Dies, Nox et Omnia: Sine Fine

Screaming Banshee Records | 2015

This is a special edition of our debut album, fully remastered by triple Grammy Award winner Darcy Proper, presented in a deluxe digipack and featuring a 32-page booklet with lyrics and information for all songs.

"Dies, Nox et Omnia: Sine Fine" features remixed versions of four of our tracks by Orchus, Corvus Corax, Schwarzblut and Niel Mitra from FAUN.

Produced, recorded & mixed by Fieke van den Hurk | Orchus studio
Mastered by Darcy Proper | Wisseloord Studios

Dies, Nox et Omnia

Self-published | 2013

Our debut album contains 13 epic songs, over 60 minutes of mythic music... We started preproduction in the winter of 2012. It was then recorded by Fieke at the legendary Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum, and finally released at Castlefest in 2013. The booklet contains many pages of beautiful artwork, photography and information about the origin of the texts we use and the hidden messages in the songs.

Dies, Nox et Omnia is now available in all digital shops! This version includes all songs featured on our debut album as well as the remixes from Sine Fine, all fully remastered by Darcy Proper in the Wisseloord Studios.

Produced, recorded & mixed by Fieke van den Hurk | Orchus studio
Mastered by Darcy Proper | Wisseloord Studio's

Music videos

Rúnatal

Official music video | 2018

Director - Jasper Van Gheluwe
1st Assistant Director - Femke van Hilten
Writers - Monique van Deursen, Sophie Zaaijer, Jan de Vries & Jasper Van Gheluwe
Odin - Marijn Sies
Norns - Jessica van Deursen, Charlotte Kuyvenhoven & Nina Zaaijer
Director of photography - Jasper Van Gheluwe
1st Camera Assistant - Glenn van Eerden
2nd Camera Assistant - Yavuz Isler
Gaffer - Friso Tjalma
Production Designer - Femke van Hilten
Stunt Coordinator - Ewoud Ruesink
VFX - Jasper Van Gheluwe & Erik Wildeman
Costume Designer - Monique van Deursen
Wardrobe and Props - Monique van Deursen, Femke van Hilten & Faber Horbach
Make-up Artists - Dominique Haveman & Esmiralda de Waal
Masks created by Samiye van Rossum | Bereklauw

Chorihani

Pixel art music video | 2018

Pixels by Thomas Biesmeijer
Some (edited) background assets courtesy of:
Eder Muniz | edermunizz.itch.io
Luis Zuno | ansimuz.itch.io
Vicente Nitti | vnitti.itch.io

Surya Mantras

Lyric video | 2018

Some assets courtesy of Videezy.com
Video & animation by Thomas Biesmeijer

Isolde

Lyric video | 2017

Footage courtesy of:
Videvo | Daniel Quezada | Beachfront | stockfootage | Simon Waldock | JureKreft
Hosted by vivedo.net under the CC BY 3.0 and Videvo Attribution licenses
Video & edits by Thomas Biesmeijer

The Ruin

Live video | 2017

The music is the album version of The Ruin, taken from Omphalos
The live footage was recorded at Castlefest 2017 by Bastaard | Erik Wildeman Film

Atiny Naya

Live video | 2017

The music is the album version of Atiny Naya, taken from Dies, Nox et Omnia: Sine Fine
The live footage was recorded at Castlefest 2016 by Bastaard | Erik Wildeman Film

Enuma Elish

Lyric video | 2014

Enuma Elish is an ancient creation myth told in the lands that lie between the Eufrates and the Tigris.
Made by Jan de Vries

Compilations

Our music has appeared on numerous compilations, both digital and printed, from scene magazines including Sonic Seducer and Orkus! and festivals such as Castlefest and MPS. Below you'll find a selection of these collaborations.

Concerts

Previous shows have taken place on festivals in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Italy, including Wave-Gothic-Treffen, Festival-Mediaval, MPS (DE), Castlefest (NL), Trolls et Légendes (BE) and in music venues with bands such as Irfan, Theodor Bastard, Corvus Corax and many others. Check below to see where you can experience Cesair live in the future:

Next concert

1 September 2018

MPS Hamburg Öjendorf

Hamburg (DE)
spectaculum.de

Upcoming concerts

1 September 2018

MPS Hamburg Öjendorf

Hamburg (DE)
spectaculum.de

Past concerts

2018

18.05.2018 | Wave Gothic Treffen
Leipzig (DE)

27.04.2018 | Les Anthinoises
Anthisnes (BE)

14.04.2018 | MPS Luhmühlen
Turnierplatz, Luhmühlen (DE)

03.03.2018 | Clubshow with La Horde
BELVEDEREnamur, Namur (BE)

03.02.2018 | Clubshow with The Dolmen
Baroeg, Rotterdam (NL) | CANCELLED

2017

31.12.2017 | MPS Silvester Party
Fredenbaumpark, Dortmund (DE)

02.12.2017 | Clubshow with SeeD & EMIAN Paganfolk
De Meester, Almere (NL)

27.10.2017 | Album release party with Irfan
Willemeen, Arnhem (NL)

14.10.2017 | Gothic & Fantasy Beurs
De Broodfabriek, Rijswijk (NL)

02.09.2017 | MPS Hamburg Öjendorf
Hamburg (DE)

26.08.2017 | MPS Speyer
Speyer (DE)

12.08.2017 | MPS Telgte
Telgte (DE)

04.08.2017 | Castlefest
De Keukenhof, Lisse (NL)

18.03.2017 | Clubshow with Theodor Bastard, Jyoti Verhoeff & Maya Fridman
De Peppel, Zeist (NL)

12.02.2017 | Wacken Winter Nights
Wacken (DE)

2016

03.12.2016 | Clubshow with Rastaban and La Horde
P60, Amstelveen (NL)

02.12.2016 | MPS Weihnachtsmarkt
Dortmund (DE)

02.10.2016 | MPS Hohenlockstedt
Hungriger Wolf, Hohenlockstedt (DE)

03.09.2016 | MPS Hamburg Öjendorf
Hamburg (DE)

05.08.2016 - 06.08.2016 | Castlefest
Kasteel de Keukenhof, Lisse (NL)

17.07.2016 | MPS Bückeburg
Schosspark, Bückeburg (DE)

17.06.2016 | Yggdrasil Festival
Treviso (IT)

10.06.2016 | MPS Dortmund
Fredenbaumpark, Dortmund (DE)

06.05.2016 | MPS Rastede
Schlosspark, Rastede (DE)

16.04.2016 | MPS Luhmühlen
Turnierplatz, Luhmühlen (DE)

13.03.2016 | Gothic & Fantasy Beurs
Rijswijk (NL)

04.03.2016 | Mystica Hamelon
Hameln (DE)

2015

26.12.15 | MPS Christmas Market
Fredenbaumpark, Dortmund (DE)

20.12.15 | Castlefest Winter Edition
Kasteel de Keukenhof, Lisse (NL)

22.11.15 | Clubshow with Irfan
Simplon, Groningen (NL)

20.11.15 | Album release show with Irfan
Poppodium de Peppel, Zeist (NL)

31.10.15 | Autumn Moon
Hameln (DE)

12.09.15 | Festival-Mediaval
Goldberg, Selb (DE)

31.07.15 - 02.08.15 | Castlefest
Kasteel de Keukenhof, Lisse (NL)

18.07.15 | MPS Bückeburg
Schlosspark, Bückeburg (DE)

06.06.15 | Celt-N-Folk festival
Podium de Meester, Almere (NL)

22.05.15 - 25.05.15 | Wave-Gothic-Treffen
Leipzig (DE)

03.05.15 | Labadoux
Ingelmunster (BE)

05.04.15 | Trolls et Légendes
Mons (BE)

21.02.15 | Clubshow with The Moon & the Nightspirit
Qbus Club, Leiden (NL)

07.02.15 | Castlefest Winter Party
De Vorstin, Hilversum (NL)

2013-2014

19.10.14 | Gothic & Fantasy Beurs
Rijswijk (NL)

01.08.14 - 03.08.14 | Castlefest
Kasteel de Keukehof, Lisse (NL)

28.06.14 - 29.06.14 | Monterenzio Celtica
Monterenzio (IT)

21.03.14 | Fantastyval
Wouwse Plantage (NL)

19.04.14 - 21.04.2014 | Elfia
Kasteel de Haar, Haarzuilens (NL)

21.03.14 | Support for Corvus Corax
W2, Den Bosch (NL)

15.02.14 | Clubshow with Rastaban & La Horde
Qbus Club, Leiden (NL)

07.12.13 | Support for Rapalje
Poppodium de Peppel, Zeist (NL)

07.12.13 - 08.12.13 | Archeon Midwinterfair
Alphen a/d Rijn (NL)

26.10.13 | Sowulo CD release
Willemeen, Arnhem (NL)

20.10.13 | Gothic & Fantasy Beurs
Rijswijk (NL)

31.08.13 - 01.09.13 | Celtic Night Geluwe
Geluwe (BE)

02.08.13 - 04.08.13 | Castlefest
Kasteel de Keukenhof, Lisse (NL)

03.08.13 | SYMPHONIAE DILUVII
Special concert with orchestra & choir at Castlefest
Kasteel de Keukenhof, Lisse (NL)

11.05.13 - 12.05.13 | Keltfest
Dordrecht (NL)

Ancient History

08.12.12 - 09.12.12 | Archeon Midwinterfair
Alphen a/d Rijn (NL)

23.11.12 | Clubshow with Rastaban
Qbus Club, Leiden (NL)

28.10.12 | Gothic & Fantasy Beurs
Rijswijk (NL)

03.08.12 - 05.08.12 | Castlefest
Kasteel de Keukenhof, Lisse (NL)

14.07.12 | Fantastyval
Wouwse Plantage (NL)

21.04.12 - 22.04.12 | Elf Fantasy Fair
Kasteel de Haar, Haarzuilens (NL)

18.03.12 | Gothic & Fantasy Beurs
Rijswijk (NL)

17.08.11 | Biton Open Air
Lucasbolwerk, Utrecht (NL)

29.07.11 - 30.07.11 | Summer Darkness
Domplein, Utrecht (NL)

21.07.11 | Summer Darkness mini concert
Tivoli Oudegracht, Utrecht (NL)

09.07.11 | Private wedding
Wageningen (NL)

25.06.11 | Open air concert
Ossenmarkt, Groningen (NL)

28.01.11 | Support for Rapalje
Bibelot, Dordrecht (NL)

27.01.11 | Biton | Lucasbolwerk
Utrecht (NL)

13.12.10 | Special seated concert with LEAF
Prinsenhof, Delft (NL)

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