Last year I went to Java with the Irish Gamelan Orchestra. Just found my un-viewed-since-then pics. As you can see they are hopefully enjoying watching the Living the Tradition DVD’s over there! A wonderful welcome from the kids from the rainforest area in East Java and the friendly hosts for an event with dancing and feasting near central Java. I met a young fan there who was a cellist and very excited I was there in the middle of the Java countryside! I gave him a DVD too. I borrowed a cello from a local school in Solo for the concert. It was an incredibly cranky old thing with the sound of what I am sure was an ancient Javanese spirit…! It was lucky I brought my own strings… the next school orchestra cellist who gets the cello will be very happy with the A and D Larsen Magnacore strings. Living the Tradition!!

From Irish Airs to Deep Space

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, a new shorter version of Living the Tradition, followed by the exquisite Serene Universe with live…Continue Reading

Video Tutorials

Video Tutorials

For those cellists who are interested in learning to play the Irish airs featured in the film; good news. Ilse has just released over six hours of detailed tutorials on video that you can use to thoroughly learn the Airs and as well as that you get the sheet music and mp3’s. Cellists will gain…Continue Reading