Irving Berlin, as Jerome Kern famously said, ‘…has no place in American music. He IS American music.’
While we are living in these difficult ‘lockdown’ times there is no better moment to look outward and celebrate a man who was able to absorb American manners and American life of his time. In turn, he returned these impressions back to the world in his songs.
In this online talk, Searle Kochberg will remind you of the enormous output of this extraordinary talent, and introduce you to works that may be new. The talk will focus on the film evidence of his work, and will include clips.
Searle is a filmmaker and writer on cinema and other performing arts. He has just completed a practice-based PhD at the University of Portsmouth in co-creative documentary practice. His short films have included Leaving the Table (2007) and L'Esprit de l'Escalier (2010) and a mixed animation/live action docudrama on Leon Trotsky entitled Dream Life of Debris (2016). His play, a musical named Isle of Joy, was presented as a workshop performance at the Tristan Bates Theatre.
This event is a part of JW3’s Summer Learning Programme - click here to find out more.