1 February 2024

Living the Tradition: Film & Live Performance

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Cellist Ilse De Ziah and guitarist Ian Date in an empty hall with their instruments, looking at each other

Living the Tradition: Film & Live Performance. Photo: NFSA.

2017 | Unclassified 15+ | 100 mins (film + performance) | Digital | IRL | D: Ilse De Ziah/Maarten Roos

Living the Tradition follows cellist and composer Ilse De Ziah as she travels around Ireland to uncover the hidden secrets of a selection of Irish Airs.

Shot live on location, this documentary provides a fresh account of Irish music and culture.

This special screening will be followed by a 50-minute live performance by cellist Ilse De Ziah and guitarist Ian Date, featuring music from their debut album Here & There. The duo will present beautiful renderings of melodies interwoven with captivating improvisation that reflects their deep love of music and its traditions.

Ilse De Ziah is a cellist and composer famous for her cross-genre style. She has worked across contemporary, classical, rock and roll, traditional Irish, jazz and experimental music. As a cellist, De Ziah is known for her daring and emotionally charged performances which connect at a deep level with people from all walks of life.

Ian Date is regarded as one of Australia’s great guitarists. Known for his lyrical, inventive style and virtuosity, Date has performed extensively as a jazz musician since the 1990s.

‘Beautifully recorded, virtuosically played, wonderfully diverse and so emotionally engaging…what’s not to love?’ – James Morrison on Here & There

The Details
What: Living the Tradition screening + live performance by Ilse De Ziah (Cello) and Ian Date (Guitar)
When: Wednesday 21 February 2024, at 6 pm
Where: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (Theatrette)
Cost: Adult $40, Concession $30. Get tickets here.

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