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.
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.
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."
I have made a profile on the Patreon site and I am hoping to get people to support me. I have nearly 5000 YouTube subscribers, and to these people, especially you who comment, thank you for constantly inspiring me to make more arrangements. As long as I know someone is loving them and getting to play them on their cellos, I am happy. All I need is a small amount of people to pay $1 a solo cello video release and I can continue composing and arranging and making it all available.
I love what I do. If you love what I do, it’s only a tiny amount, but it adds up to support me as a self employed cellist.
So on the video topic, I have just published my first arrangement for solo cello for the year. I have been working on a couple more but this is the first one completed. It’s a relief to actually get a video up, get the sheet music onto Play Cello Music and get out of the sludgy start of 2017. I have so many projects I am juggling so I can to set up my year, and I am constantly wishing I could just get that cello out to work on new material in among the piles of admin, tour planning, websites, organising events for the Midleton Arts Festival, even making a T-shirt site Festival Clothing, (check out the Midleton Festival logo, very cool!), making new arrangements for the Cork Light Orchestra…and all the rest. I love doing everything I do but it is easy to be distracted by it all and dragged away from where I love to be;
Cello in hand;
Ideas swirling around;
Finding the perfect key and key change;
Discovering new ways to make the solo cello sound like a full orchestra;
Unlocking the puzzle of a simple melody…
Anyway, have a listen to the newest arrangement and watch the video!
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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!