Quiet Music Ensemble and Karen Power – Cork – 19/06/16

June 5, 2016 | Posted in Concerts | By

Who
Quiet Music Ensemble and Karen Power
When
Sunday, June 19, 2016
20:00 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Cork City Gaol (map)
Cork, Ireland
Other Info
Quiet Music Ensemble play deep listening music by Yoko Ono, John Godfrey and Cat Lamb. In 1927, Cork City Gaol hosted one of Ireland’s earliest radio broadcasts, the simple sound of cartwheels on cobbles. RTÉ lyric fm has commissioned is this on?, a new work for radio from renowned Irish composer Karen Power to mark the place of that first broadcast and to pay tribute to the profoundly significant contributions by women to Ireland’s turbulent history in the early twentieth century. It will be performed by Karen in concert along with works by Yoko Ono, John Godfrey and Cat Lamb played by the Quiet Music Ensemble, and broadcast live from 8pm on Nova with Bernard Clarke on RTÉ lyric fm.

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Moynalty Yoga Festival – Moynalty, Co. Meath – 12/06/16

June 5, 2016 | Posted in Concerts | By

Who
Moynalty Yoga Festival
When
Sunday, June 12, 2016
TBA - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Moynalty Yoga Festival (map)
Moynalty, Co. Meath, Ireland
Other Info
Quiet Music Ensemble present beautiful instrumental music at the Moynalty Yoga Festival. Discover the spectrum of deep listening, past and present: sounds which are radiant, enveloping; healing and playful.

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Trad on Cello! New cello book available now!

May 30, 2016 | Posted in Books, Products, sheet music, Video | By

I am pleased to announce the release of my new cello book, Trad on Cello. There are twenty Irish traditional tunes including polkas, slides, jigs, reels, hornpipes and slip jigs, with a guide on how to play them.

I have enjoyed choosing great tunes that fit together in sets so that when you turn up for a session, you are fully equipped to dive straight in and feel good about your playing! It was a challenge to find the perfect keys for the cello for tunes that sit in first position only so there is no running up and down the fingerboard. It makes them really fun to play whatever grade. The second cello parts are also great for playing as a duo, and the chords are included so the tunes can be played with anyone who can read chords. They sound amazing with a group of cellists too, as my friend said “like a big lumbering beast” (I hope that’s good!)

The introduction and chapter information is detailed and interesting for anyone who wants to have a little more guidance and get a brief background info on the tunes.

For teachers looking for something a little different to inspire students post exams, these are a perfect antidote to the earnestness of exam preparations.

I made a video of one of the reels to give an idea of what is in store for you and I hope to see other videos from cellists playing these tunes too!

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Traditional Irish Tunes in Cello Friendly Keys

 

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Music Current Festival – Dublin – 09/04/16

April 5, 2016 | Posted in Concerts | By

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Who
Music Current Festival
When
Saturday, April 9, 2016
20:00 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Smock Alley Theatre (map)
6/7 Exchange Street Lower, Dublin 8

Dublin
Other Info
"CURRENTS" CONCERT of SELECTED PARTICIPANT WORKS (Smock Alley Theatre)
I will be playing Gráinne Mulvey's Sygyzy for solo cello and tape, and Karlheinz Essl Sequitur IV for cello and live electronics.
Concert of new works by festival participants, for strings (solo/duo/trio/quartets) and electronics, chosen from participants' workshop and CMC call for scores, curated by Gráinne Mulvey.
Performers: Ilse De Ziah (cello), Marja Gaynor (violin), Lucy Railton (cello), Mira Benjamin (violin), Fergal Dowling (computer)

CURRENTS is hosted as part of MusicTown: www.musictown.ie

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Music Current – Spoils – Dublin – 08/04/16

April 5, 2016 | Posted in Concerts | By

 

Who
Music Current - Spoils
When
Friday, April 8, 2016
20:00 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Smock Alley Theatre (map)
6/7 Exchange Street Lower, Dublin 8

Dublin
Other Info
CONCERT – SPOILS (Smock Alley Theatre)
New concert-length work by Fergal Dowling for chamber ensemble, recorded voice, interactive electronics, surround sound and video, (55 mins) 2016.
Performers: Aoife Ni Dhornain (Baroque violin), Marja Gaynor (Baroque violin), Ilse De Ziah (Baroque cello), Michael Quinn (harpsichord), Olwen Fouéré (recorded voice), Fergal Dowling (computer), Mihai Cucu (video).

SPOILS is hosted as part of MusicTown: www.musictown.ie

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Ahabeg Trio Launch – 15/11/15

November 12, 2015 | Posted in Concerts | By

Who
Ahabeg Trio Launch
When
Sunday, November 15, 2015
15:00 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Ahabeg, Beara Peninsula
Ireland

Drive along the coastal road between Castletownbere and Adrigole and you will see a sign with a grand piano logo and a chalk board advertising the date of the “next recital”.

David Syme, internationally-renowned American concert pianist, makes his living playing throughout the U.S. and Europe, but lives in Ireland 5 months out of the year.

Other Info
Launch of the Ahabeg Trio
Keith Pascoe, violin
Ilse De Ziah, cello
David Syme, piano
Beethoven and Mendelssohn

3:00pm Sunday Performance
Ahabeg Waterfall Road, Rossmacowen (between Castletownbere and Adrigole)
Admission: 20 Euros
Reservations Required

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Quiet Music Ensemble – 19/11/15

November 4, 2015 | Posted in Concerts | By

Who
Quiet Music Ensemble
When
Thursday, November 19, 2015
20:00 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
(map)
Other Info
‘Quiet’ means both hushed and peaceful: Quiet Music Ensemble’s music is expansive, beautiful, immersive and transcendental; about being in the moment, about sound that is purely itself. Using a combination of prepared materials and improvisation, its performances are unique, each one conjuring a new world of surprising textures and sounds.
Quiet Music Ensemble was formed in 2008 in Cork; it has performed in Ireland, the UK and Germany, has been broadcast in Europe and America, has appeared live on RTÉ Lyric FM twice, and recently released its first CD, ‘The Mysteries Beyond Matter’, on Farpoint Recordings.
The ensemble is: Seán Mac Erlaine (clarinets); Roddy O’Keeffe (trombone); John Godfrey (electric guitar); Ilse De Ziah (cello, tin can); and Dan Bodwell (double bass, turkey baster).
“In these deafening times, the very notion of ‘quiet music’ is a revolutionary act, a mesmeric power”
– The Independent, UK
Tickets: €16 / €12. Booking advised

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Dust Busters Light Orchestra – Cork – 06/11/15

November 4, 2015 | Posted in Concerts | By

Who
Dust Busters Light Orchestra
When
Friday, November 6, 2015
20:00 - €20.00 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Fota Island, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork
Cork, Ireland
Other Info
I will be conducting this concert on Friday, do come along and enjoy the fun!
On Friday, 6 November, Fota House is delighted to welcome The Dust Busters Light Orchestra for its inaugural visit.
The DBLO takes its name and its origin from the Cork Bealtaine Festival initiative “Blow the Dust Off your Trumpet” in 2010. It is an amateur orchestra that plays to professional standards under its Musical Director well-known cellist IIse de Ziah.
At full strength, the orchestra has 22 members playing violin, viola, cello, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, accordion, guitar, bass guitar, drums and percussion.
The musical repertoire spans two centuries of light music and the Orchestra play with a passion which communicates the versatility of their repertoire, including Viennese waltzes, Latin American tunes, evergreen standards, classic pop, rock and roll, film themes and jazz.
The Orchestra has had a busy year playing:
• Outdoors at Doneraile Park, Cobh, Mahon and Midleton (Farmers’ Markets), and Patrick street and Glounthaune (St. Patrick’s Day):
• Indoors at Vienna Woods Hotel, Royal Cork Yacht Club, St. Patrick’s Special School Montenotte, Fernhill House Hotel Clonakilty, Bus Áras (Culture Night), and most recently the Rochestown Park Hotel (Rotary International Ball).

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Cello Workshop in Germany

August 29, 2015 | Posted in workshops | By

Great news, I will be running a cello workshop in Bonn, Germany in a few weeks and there are a few places still available, so let me know soon if you are interested in attending! We will learn beautiful Irish airs and get groovy with chopping and improvising. All levels of players; it doesn’t matter if you only played for 6 months or many years, there is something for everyone! It will be a lot of fun, a great opportunity to develop your playing in an enjoyable way and you get a chance to perform with me in the Monday night concert. If you are around in the area but not a cellist or not able to make the workshop, do come to the concert!

Here is the info, and a link to Sue Shlotte’s site, where you can book a place and find more information. Booking

Cello Unlimited!cellist-clipart-cello

19. – 21. September 2015 in Bonn

Workshop outline:

A focus on Irish music, blues and other scales, rock and roll rhythms, and cello chord voicings for accompaniment.

Objective:

To give students a simple way of unlocking the mechanisms for playing the cello in popular musical styles.

Goals:

By the end of the workshop, you will have a basic understanding on how to approach “nonclassical” styles of music and be inspired to play within a wider range of musical possibilities, through use of scales, chord “shapes”, rhythms, extended techniques, and improvisation.

Workshop Outline:

  1. Learn a slow Irish air and Irish traditional tunes by ear.
  2. Ornamentation and variations on Irish tunes.
  3. The blues scale and other scales
  4. Improvising with modal scales over drones
  5. Improvising with extended techniques
  6. The art of accompanying
  7. Using drones and rhythmic techniques for accompaniment
  8. Introduction to chopping
  9. Chord voicings
  10. Using the cycle of 5ths

All participants will go home with information notes and sheet music from the workshop.

 

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June News

June 26, 2015 | Posted in Events | By

The past week has been a whirlwind of epic events. First big news, I had my results today… I completed my Masters in cello performance with a first class Honours. It was a great experience to do the course and wonderful that it is now complete! For my final MA concert I played the fabulous Khachaturian Cello Concerto with the City of Cork Symphony Orchestra in a sold out concert. I’m hoping to play it again somewhere, it should be played more often! I wrote my own Cadenza which I will share on YouTube soon and make the sheet music available.

And on the topic of the CCSO, of which I am also principal cellist, we played with Katherine Jenkins and Jose Carreras on the 20th June in Independence Park, Cork. Solo cello was featured in a few numbers, but particularly a big cello solo part for The Godfather theme, or Parla Più Piano when sung in Italian. It was powerful playing that emotive melody across a stadium, with the Stars accompanying me!


We have an all women cello section!

Also this week I was appointed Musical Director of the DustBusters Light Orchestra. It was baptism of fire, conducting the first concert in the Cobh bandstand on Sunday, without having met them all yet! But it was wonderful and they sounded great on the balmy summers day by the harbour. Kids were waving their arms about copying me conduct, and people were waltzing.


Last night was yet another highlight of the week, my contemporary music band the Quiet Music Ensemble played in Dublin in The Freemasons’ Hall. Incredible building, with many ‘chapels’ and meeting rooms, each decorated in a fancy manner!

Here we are set up ready for the concert in the main room with black and white checked carpet!


The evening was our Dublin showcase, and we had our newly released ‘The Mysteries Beyond Matter’ CD on sale. Available HERE. It has had brilliant reviews so far.

I also began recording a new solo cello CD at Cork School of Music in amongst all this and on Monday will continue. We will be using the North Cathedral in Shandon, Cork for a couple of pieces. It has an incredibly resonant space which will really suit!

So a big week, I might take an hour or two off before the next onslaught!

Remember: Cello is a powerful thing. Listen wisely!

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