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Leading exponent of Irish music, cellist and composer, visits Cumbria

Ilse de Ziah

Ireland-based cellist and composer Ilse de Ziah will be in Cumbira from 30 Oct to 3 Nov 2018.

Ilse will be performing in Alston (Weds 31 Oct), Skirwith (Fri 2 Nov) and Castle Carrock (Sat 3 Nov). She will also be conducting a full day’s workshop for pupils at Keswick School on Tues 30 Oct.

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.

Ilse is well respected for her interpretation of slow Irish Airs, with a CD and published book Irish Airs for Solo Cello. Her award winning film Living the Tradition reflects the passion she has for the airs, and it won best documentary in the Eire International Film Festival and was nominated for the World Film Festival 2018.

Ilse recently featured as soloist in the largest Gamelan Festival in the world, in Solo, Java, with the Irish Gamelan Orchestra. She performs and records with many rock, pop, jazz and world musicians.

Ilse de Ziah’s second album of Irish music and solo cello compositions will be released in 2019 and her next music documentary is in pre-production.

Concert-goers can expect to enjoy a programme of Irish and Celtic influenced music played by an accomplished cellist with inspiring depth and vivacity.

“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.” – Kenneth Wilson

Cumbria Tour Dates:

Weds 31 Oct 7.30pm St. Augustine’s Church, Alston. Tickets £8, £5 children, [email protected]

Fri 2 Nov 8.00pm Skirwith Village Hall. Tickets £10, £5 children, bookings 01768 88234, [email protected]

Sat 3 Nov 8.00pm The Watson Institute, Castle Carrock. Tickets £10, £5 children, bookings 01228 670054.

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