From Irish Airs to Deep Space
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Blackrock, Cork, Ireland
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."
Magic Irish Airs
Thursday, July 27, 2017
19:00 - Anmeldung erforderlich unter Ilse.email@example.com oder 0228 90827960 - All Ages
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27.07.2017 - 19:00 bis ca. 21:00 Uhr - Eintritt 10,00 €
Ilse de Ziah: Magic Irish Airs
In wundervollen Landschaften machte sich die Cellistin des Opernorchesters Cork,
Ilse de Ziah, auf die Suche nach den Ursprüngen irischer Musik.
Gefunden hat sie sanfte und klanggewaltige Töne, die die Seele berühren.
Auf der Solotournee gastiert sie im Fischereimuseum.
Ein kurzer preisgekrönter Film über ihre Recherchen zu den
traditionellen irischen Klängen stimmt auf diese Konzerterlebnis ein.
Anmeldung erforderlich unter
Ilse.firstname.lastname@example.org oder 0228 90827960
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.
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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!
If you didn’t notice it the first time, thank you for noticing and visiting NOW! My Patreon Site
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!
Living the Tradition is now available through MusicFilmWeb wo have added the film to their catalogue. Here’s a quote on the MFW site. Thanks to Andy Markovitz for his support and writing the kind words!
“This is Irish music stripped of blarney and jig, but still reverberating with politics, myth, liveliness, and loss – of love, of land, even of books (this is Ireland, after all). Throughout de Ziah remains true to her own quest to help keep these songs relevant for modern audiences and to do justice to their stories and settings, even if that means waiting out the rain to play them (this is Ireland, after all). When you’re there, I still recommend you take a bar stool and raise a glass to (and maybe buy a glass for) the local musicians who are also living the tradition and keeping it strong. When you’re home, de Ziah’s musical travelogue offers another avenue into that rich territory.”
read complete article HERE
Do support us by renting or buying and enjoy watching this beautiful film!!
We are thrilled to announce the premiere and launch of Living the Tradition on the 17th May at 6.30. It will be shown in Midleton's Jameson distillery, Midleton, Co. Cork as the highlight event at a new festival in Midleton called Mid May Festival which celebrates arts in the community and the bringing together of artistic traditions past and present.
Tickets are €5 There are a limited amount of seats in the venue, and it's selling out fast so do buy soon! email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket inquiries.
Look forward to seeing you!
Very excited, the trailer for Living the Tradition has now been made and the film will be released January 15, 2014. Have a look at our Living the Tradition website, and enjoy the trailer!
We are releasing a 96 minute documentary along with ten music videos. There will be a DVD and an online version available.
In the last week of this year, we will be pre-selling the DVD version for a reduced price, so stay tuned!
Here is part three of Living the Tradition where I talk
about Danny Boy and make an arrangement of it for solo cello. My
great grandmother used to cry every time she heard it. Find out why
here! part 3 the making
of LTT Or go here if that doesn’t link… On the road…
A friend sent me a video from her phone today. She was at the City of Cork Symphony orchestra concert in the Limerick University Concert Hall where we played with Nigel Kennedy.
He started playing a trad tune and I couldn't resist joining in. We played a trad set again the next night in the City Hall in Cork, to more rapturous applause and afterwards had a great jam along with Cora Venus Lunny, Donovan and other CCSO improvisers!
Take a look & listen
Eleven Christmas Carols and Songs from around the world arranged especially for solo cello.
This Christmas music comes from all over the world. American, Irish, Brazilian, German, English and Welsh songs. The origins of some of the older carols is unknown as they have been around so long. There are enough technical challenges to keep it interesting but easy enough for you to get the music up to a performance standard by Christmas.
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
- White Christmas
- The Holly and the Ivy
- Deck the Hall
- Winter Wonderland
- Walking in the Air
- Natal Das Criancas
- Christmas Medley: Let it Snow, Santa Clause is Coming to Town, Jingle Bells
- In Dulci Jubilo
- Wexford Carol
- Oiche Nollag
Spread some Christmas cheer with these pieces and don’t be surprised if everyone sings along.