‘Living the Tradition’ Screens in Cork

| May 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

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Living the Tradition, an enchanting journey into old Irish airs, recieves its first public screening on the 17th of May in Midleton, Co. Cork.

Maarten Roos’ film follows Ilse de Ziah as she travels around Ireland with her cello, exploring the origins and stories behind ten ancient Irish Airs, playing the slow and intensely beautiful traditional pieces in the landscapes they are connected with.

The film will be shown in Midleton’s Jameson distillery 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.

Roos has described the film as “a meeting of creative spirits, one of those once-in-a lifetime opportunities where everything fits perfectly. It is the story of a tour across Ireland into the heart of this ancient country, through the language of music that brings the rich and fascinating history to life and makes it almost touchable. I met Ilse first via her music that I found on her website. When I heard her arrangements and interpretations I knew I had found something unique: this was not just Irish music, this goes much deeper. We started talking and building the idea for the film: visiting the places in Ireland where each of the tunes come from and performing the music right there, whilst capturing the land, the people and its spirit on camera.”

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