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Living the Tradition

Behind every Irish tune is an ancient tale of love and loss, of history and heroes. Living the Tradition is the journey cello player and composer Ilse de Ziah takes 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 the history and stories behind the music with her. Ilse performs these intensely beautiful pieces in the places they originally come from, spanning the length and breadth of Ireland. Filmmaker Maarten Roos captures the romantic landscapes, the charm of the Irish people and the powerful resonance of the cello, creating a fresh and fascinating account of Irish music and culture.

See livingthetradition.com for more background information about the film and the music.

In 2014 we released the 92 minutes version of the film. In 2017 a renewed 52 minutes version was released. This latest version is available on Amazon Video at this link.

The film won the Best Documentary Feature award at the Erie International Film Festival 2014.

Living the Tradition was on the Aer Lingus InFlight Entertainment system for August / September 2014 and thanks to its popularity again in December ’14/January ’15.

Living the Tradition (92 minutes version) is available on DVD (Ilse’s webshop or Windmill Film), Video on Demand (The Roots Channel) and Theatrical on Demand (US/Canada). You can request a screening in your local cinema or community center by contacting the producers via team “at” livingthetradition.com.

Also see the Cello Tutorials to learn how to play these wonderful pieces.

[Lightcurve Films and Ilse de Ziah; 92:14 min. / 52:22 minutes;  Jan. 2014 / May 2017]

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