Standing and playing (in a new opera)

October 17, 2018 | Posted in cello things, Concerts | By

I’ve been involved in a wonderful new opera composed and directed by John O’Brien with libretto by John O’B and Eádaoin O’Donohghue. It is based on the short story by Oscar Wilde ‘The Nightengale and The Rose’ A pretty sad tale, but the opera is full of characters to delight! I’m one of the 9 muses – Melpomone, muse of Tragedy and in my earthly guise a willow tree. (the programme shot below).

I stand as I play most of the time, as I am acting and dancing (sort of shimmying along). I just pull the spike out full, which on this cello is sturdy and long enough, and the spike has a stop so it doesn’t fly out completely. Playing standing without any strap, it’s essential to have a sturdy spike.

It is still difficult when playing in thumb position and high up the finger board (lots in this show) so for these I bend my left knee and press it against the back of the cello to give something steady. I also hook it over my shoulder for moves across the stage, and do various bad postures, but as long as I always come back to a strong straight back throughout, it doesn’t hurt or give me a crick neck! I keep looking at the Bloch cello strap but in the shows I do, I need to swing the cello off me quickly and slickly, and have a mixture of sitting and standing and sideways cello playing. I have used a belt tight around my waist joined with another belt around the cello. This gave some traction so it was sturdier. But again slow to unhook and put aside. When you are constantly on stage in character there can be no clumsy movements. Well that’s my aim. I have tried many versions of straps in fact and am still investigating this for myself! 

I’m also using an Arcus S8 bow, which is great for standing. (it’s in that photo above) I thought it might be too light initially, but it is much easier to handle on the cello than my other bows, and actually I discover whilst standing and playing light is better, as long as it has good grip. It’s a perfect show bow, clean long bowing, accurate. I’m going to do a video review of it actually, cause when I was looking at them after a colleague was raving, I couldn’t find one. If you’re in Cork, Dublin or Limerick you can catch me in The Nightengale and the Rose on these dates:

Only 3 shows left in Cork before the Nightingale takes flight to Dublin and Limerick!
Book today at the Everyman Cork
🌹The Civic, Dublin (23-24 Oct) | https://goo.gl/9B9CqN
🌹The Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick (27 Oct) | https://goo.gl/11rKns

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Precise in every detail of performance, the production glows with a rich inventiveness of colour, surprise and allusion…” Irish Times

★ ★ ★ ★ It is unlike anything else I’ve seen on the opera stage to date. The storytelling is vivid, the spectacle is intriguing and the music is attractive.” Irish Examiner

Have a great day!!!

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Cumbrian Solo Cello Tour – Castle Carrock – 03/11/18

September 16, 2018 | Posted in Concerts | By

Who
Ilse de Ziah Solo cello
When
Saturday, November 3, 2018
20:00 - Bookings: 01228 670054 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
The Watson Institute (map)
Castle Carrock, Brampton
Carlisle, CMA
Castle Carrock, UK

also known as the Watson Hall or Village Hall

Other Info
“This is the cello as you've never heard it before.  Ilse de Ziah takes traditional Irish melodies and gives them a deep and fabulous transformation.  Sometimes rock ballad, sometimes irresistibly foot stomping, Ilse's solo show is utterly captivating and moreish.  Best of all are her own arrangements of the slow Irish airs - love songs and laments - sonorous and aching on her mellow instrument.  The cello produces melody and harmony so that sometimes you think you're listening to a whole band.  At other times a single haunting line says all that music can ever say.  Through it all Ilse's vibrant personality carries you along and transports you to a magically emerald musical landscape.”

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Cumbrian Solo Cello Tour – Skirwith – 02/11/18

September 13, 2018 | Posted in Concerts | By

Who
Ilse de Ziah Solo Cello
When
Friday, November 2, 2018
20:00 - £10/£5 Bookings: 01768 88234 or email - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Skirwith Village Hall (map)
4 Church St, Skirwith, Penrith
Skirwith, UK CA10 1RG
Other Info
"This is the cello as you've never heard it before. Ilse de Ziah takes traditional Irish melodies and gives them a deep and fabulous transformation. Sometimes rock ballad, sometimes irresistibly foot stomping, Ilse's solo show is utterly captivating and moreish."

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Cumbrian Solo Cello Tour – Alston – 31/10/18

September 13, 2018 | Posted in Concerts | By

Who
Ilse de Ziah Solo Cello
When
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
19:30 - £8 adults /£5 children - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
St Augustine’s (map)
Front St, Alston CA9 3QW, UK
Alston, UK CA9 3QW
Other Info
"This is the cello as you've never heard it before. Ilse de Ziah takes traditional Irish melodies and gives them a deep and fabulous transformation. Sometimes rock ballad, sometimes irresistibly foot stomping, Ilse's solo show is utterly captivating and moreish."

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Film nomination

September 11, 2018 | Posted in Film | By

I am happy to say the film Living the Tradition, produced with filmmaker Maarten Roos was nominated for the first WorldFilm.com Online festival. A festival of independent films.

 

We have been having a great response on Amazon too, with thousands of views. There were over 6000 views in June when we had our last stats! Have a look and read the reviews and watch if you haven’t already. We re-made the original to be shorter. It works beautifully. I do encourage you to go and write a review too so even more people watch it. Thanks!

 Watch now online!

Of course the directors cut is a wonderful long journey, and if you still use DVD’s and love the cello it is well worth getting!

 Order here!

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Learn cello in Ireland

April 20, 2018 | Posted in workshops | By

Hi, I hope you are all getting a little spring in your life! Today in East Cork we finally saw the sun and it was magnificent! If you didn’t see it yet, one of the recent rainy days I made this video to describe my upcoming Irish Cello Retreat. Visit Cello.ie for more information.

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Irish Cello Retreat

March 12, 2018 | Posted in Events, workshops | By

 Are you ready to take the next step in your cello playing? I am pleased to announce registration is now open for my Irish Cello Retreat.

Treat yourself to a powerful and relaxing retreat with your cello. Through Irish music you will discover the way to bring true ease into your playing and at the same time develop your technique and expand your repertoire.

Give yourself a gift this year and come and enjoy beautiful days in a gorgeous seaside hotel in Ireland while exploring Irish music.

I am very excited about this event. I have been preparing six powerful workshops for you and I look forward to meeting you all. We have a great a place to work, delicious food, and some very special guests.

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From Irish Airs to Deep Space – Blackrock, Cork – 22/10/17

September 20, 2017 | Posted in Concerts, Film | By

Eventbrite - From Irish Airs to Deep Space

Who
From Irish Airs to Deep Space
When
Sunday, October 22, 2017
14:00 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Castle Road
Blackrock, Cork, Ireland
Other Info
On Sunday afternoon 22nd October a serene event will take place at the Cork Blackrock Castle Observatory, bringing together the magic of Ilse de Ziah's cello playing and the elegant style of Maarten Roos' filmmaking. Two films will be featured, their award winning Irish music film Living the Tradition, followed by the exquisite Serene Universe with live voice over from Ilse de Ziah and music by William Zeitler. Between the films, Ilse will perform live on cello.
For an afternoon delving deep into space and being transformed by the journey From Irish Airs to Deep Space.
All ages welcome.
Living the Tradition, an Enchanting Journey into Old Irish Airs a film by Ilse de Ziah & Maarten Roos had its premiere at the first Midleton Arts Festival and went on to win best feature documentary in the Eerie International Film Festival.
Behind every Irish tune is an ancient tale of love and loss, of history and heroes. Living the Tradition is the journey of cello player and composer Ilse de Ziah around Ireland in a search for undiscovered secrets of ten Irish Airs. Along the way she meets with renowned Irish musicians, scholars and local characters who share with her the history and stories behind the music. Ilse performs each of these intensely beautiful pieces in the settings they were written. Filmmaker Maarten Roos captures the landscapes, the charm of the Irish people and the powerful resonance of the cello, creating a fresh account of Irish music and culture.
"Beautiful in every way. Ilse de Ziah and the artists she interviews plumb the depths of melancholy beauty in each of the ten airs they perform. An outstanding film."
Serene Universe by Maarten Roos is a unique film experience in which images of the cosmos and a beautifully composed soundtrack are intimately intertwined. Starting on our planet Earth, Serene Universe takes you out and into the Solar System, the Galaxy, Deep Space and finally your inner space.
"Beautiful to watch and calming to listen."

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Meditations – Krakow – 01/10/17

September 19, 2017 | Posted in Concerts | By

Who
Meditations
When
Sunday, October 1, 2017
13:00 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
The Chamber Hall (map)
ICE Krakow Congress Centre
Krakow, Poland
Other Info
Performed by Quiet Music Ensemble
The sad first anniversary of death of Pauline Oliveros, an outstanding and important composer of post-war electronic minimalism and the creator of deep listening practice, will fall in November 2017. Her composition The Mystery Beyond Matter will be performed to the spatial, multi-channel screening and electronic processing of sound. The piece will be performed by Quiet Music Ensemble. Its name speaks for itself, suggesting what kind of experience will be offered. The concert will consist of three parts and will last more than three hours, presenting amplified instrumental (Oliveros) and acoustic (Lucier) minimalism, along with David Toop’s sonorist and onomatopoeic piece and a premiere composition by Rishin Singh who is back to Krakow again). For a change, in-between, the pieces by Jennifer Walshe – energetic, humorous and full of postinternet excess Dordán and An Ghléacht are multimedia compositions, accompanied by synchronised visualisations developed by the composer.

PROGRAMME:

/ 69'
David Toop – night leaves breathing (2009) 20’ [Polish Premiere]
Alvin Lucier – Shadow Lines (2008) 14’ [Polish Premiere]
Rishin Singh – Grisaille no. 1 (2017) 35’ [World Premiere]

*** / 20'

/ 65'
Jennifer Walshe – Dordán (2013) 35’ [Polish Premiere]
Jennifer Walshe – An Ghléacht (2015) 30’ [Polish Premiere]

*** / 20'

/ 60'
Pauline Oliveros – The Mystery Beyond Matter (2014) 60’ [Polish Premiere]

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Chilli Jazz 2017 – 22/09/17

September 18, 2017 | Posted in Concerts | By

Who
Chilli Jazz 2017
When
Friday, September 22, 2017
TBA - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Gasthaus Pummer (map)
Heiligenkreuz im Lafnitztal, Obere Hauptstraße 11
Austria
Other Info
Chilli Jazz Festival performances from 22nd -24th September
http://www.limmitationes.com/booklet/index.htm

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