Solo Cello Concert – Cork – 25/01/19

Who
Solo Cello Concert
When
Friday, January 25, 2019
13:10 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Aula Maxima, UCC (map)
University College Cork,
Western Road, Cork
Cork, Ireland
Other Info
The new FUAIM series continues this Friday with a solo concert of Irish- and Celtic-influenced music performed with inspiring depth and vivacity by accomplished cellist, Ilse de Ziah.

Ireland-based cellist and composer Ilse de Ziah has a deep passion for composing and arranging music for the cello. Using traditional Irish melodies as source material, she creates contemporary arrangements perfectly suited for the cello. With the marriage of classical detail and folkloric tradition, this makes for a transcendent musical experience.

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2019 Irish Cello Retreat

Once again I am running the Irish cello Retreat here in Ireland, in the beautiful East Cork. If you get a chance to come over in June, we will be having a wonderful relaxing and inspiring four days of cello bliss. I have a video of a few happy cellists and feel free to email me about and questions you have. I’m happy to phone/Skype to chat if that is preferred.

Standing and playing (in a new opera)

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!!!

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

Who
Ilse de Ziah Solo cello
When
Saturday, November 3, 2018
20:00
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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

Who
Ilse de Ziah Solo Cello
When
Friday, November 2, 2018
20:00
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£10/£5 Bookings: 01768 88234 or email
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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

Who
Ilse de Ziah Solo Cello
When
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
19:30
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£8 adults /£5 children
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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

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!

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Irish Cello Retreat

 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

Eventbrite - From Irish Airs to Deep Space

Who
From Irish Airs to Deep Space
When
Sunday, October 22, 2017
14:00
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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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