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LIVING THE TRADITION – Film, musical performance and Q&A


Sun 19th November 2023, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM


5 Brisbane St
Murwillumbah NSW 2484



The Story of the Origins of 10 Irish Airs

FILM SCREENING + MUSICAL CONCERT + Q&A with filmmaker and cellist Ilse de Zia and virtuoso guitarist Ian Date

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 Irish Airs. 

A fresh account of Irish music and culture, The show includes De Ziah and Ian Date, who deliver a spellbinding musical performance with Ilse on cello and Ian Date on guitar. Beautiful renderings of melodies interwoven with captivating improvisations. They will perform music from their exciting debut album ‘Here & There’. Great musical beauty and a deep love of music and its traditions makes seeing and hearing them live a moving and transformative experience.


The Film – Living the Tradition: An enchanting Journey into Old irish Airs

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.

De Ziah and Date deliver a spellbinding musical performance with cello and guitar. Beautiful renderings of melodies interwoven with captivating improvisations. The duo have an original take on musical styles from around the world creating a deeply emotional experience for the listener. Moments of great musical beauty and a deep

love of music and its traditions makes seeing and hearing them live a moving and transformative experience. They will include music from their

new debut album Here & There. This is the show you want to catch!

“Beautiful & exciting new sounds!” Robin Nolan

ILSE DE ZIAH is a cellist and composer famous for her cross genre style. She has worked in contemporary, classical, rock & roll, traditional Irish, jazz and experimental music. She is a cellist known for her daring and emotionally charged performances which connect at a deep level with people from all walks of life. Ilse is a filmmaker creating the award winning film Living the Tradition. Her YouTube channel @ilsedeziah showcases performances of her arrangements and compositions which she creates for her sheet music store Play Cello Music, and her Cello Club, where she inspires and teaches cellists from around the world. She has recorded two solo albums, played

on a multitude of recordings, worked and toured as soloist, with dance and theatre companies, and with many world class musicians.

Ilse has lived in Ireland, England, Wales, Australia and USA. These places have deeply inspired her style and exploration of music, and cultural musical expertise.

She has been composing and performing with guitarist Ian Date creating a new virtuosic genre of cello and guitar music which showcases her ability to create a captivating musical panorama. Whether it be conducting an orchestra, touring as solo cellist, composing, teaching, arranging orchestral scores, artistic director of Midleton Arts Festival, playing Deep Listening music with the Quiet Music Ensemble or making an award winning music documentary, Ilse engages as a passionate

and vibrant artist.

“a gem glistening with grace and sparkle” Munster Express
“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.” Kenneth Wilson, the poetical cellist

IAN DATE is regarded as one of Australia’s finest guitarists. He is a master of acoustic and electric guitar touring throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. He is a singer and songwriter, writes for film and TV and has appeared on over 100 albums. His style spans many genres and with a deep knowledge of early American Jazz, he knows how to create melodies that compel and connect with audiences.

From 2002 – 2022 he lived in Ireland running bands and collaborating with Irish musicians. During this time he focused on acoustic finger style playing and composing. His new project De Ziah & Date showcases a whole new genre of music reflecting his high level of compositional and performance skills.

Ian has collaborated with great Australian jazz musicians including James Morrison, Tom Baker, Don Burrows and George Golla. He has recorded and performed with elite guitarists Martin Taylor, Tommy Emmanuel and Hank Marvin.

“Ian’s versatility is exceptional, a fine soloist with an outstanding knowledge
of harmony and chord substitutions and an impressive ability to apply this in
his improvisations. If he’s performing in your area seize the opportunity to
see and hear one of Australia’s finest guitarists.” Hank Marvin, The Shadows

Watch – Living the Tradition Trailer

Watch – De Ziah & Date play live



$30 – $35 AUD + BF


Sun 19th November 2023, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM


5 Brisbane St
Murwillumbah NSW 2484

We wish to acknowledge the Ngandowal and Minyungbal speaking people of the Bundjalung Country, in particular the Goodjinburra, Tul-gi-gin and Moorung – Moobah clans, as being the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters within the Tweed Shire boundaries. We also acknowledge and respect the Tweed Aboriginal community’s right to speak for its Country and to care for its traditional Country in accordance with its lores, customs and traditions.