Uprize! revisits South Africa's Soweto Uprising, which began as a student rebellion and became a founding moment in the history of anti-apartheid struggle. With Jamaican filmmaker Lebert Bethune's historic 1967 film Malcolm X: Struggle for Freedom.
Gillian Hart is professor of the Graduate School in Geography and distinguished professor at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Mar 8, 7pm to 8:30pm, Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley
Mar 8, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley CA
Seamus Egan Project
Founding member of the seminal Irish band Solas, Seamus Egan is widely recognized as a master of multiple instruments and musical traditions. In 2018, he embarks on a journey as a solo performer, bringing along friends and musical guests and he revisits the creative period before Solas. Joining him on tour are Moira Smiley, Kyle Sanna, and Owen Marshall- all highly acclaimed artists in their own right.
It's hard to think of an artist in traditional Irish music more influential than Seamus Egan. From his beginnings as a teen prodigy, to his groundbreaking solo work with Shanachie Records, to his founding of Irish-American powerhouse band Solas, to his current work as one of the leading composers and interpreters of the tradition, Egan has inspired multiple generations of musicians and helped define the sound of Irish music today. As a multi-instrumentalist, he's put his mark on the sound of the Irish flute, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, and low whistle, among others. As a composer, he was behind the soundtrack for the award-winning film The Brothers McMullen, co-wrote Sarah McLachlan's breakout hit, "Weep Not for the Memories," and has scored numerous documentaries and indie films since. As a bandleader, Solas has been the pre-eminent Irish-American band of their generation for the past 20 years, continuously renewing Irish music with fresh ideas, including a collaboration with Rhiannon Giddens on their 2013 album, Shamrock City. As a performer, few others can make so many instruments or such wickedly complex ornaments seem so effortless. Music comes as naturally to Seamus Egan as breath, but his mastery of the tradition is only one facet of his plans to move the music forward.
Mar 8, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704