In 2010 Filomena founded the ‘Filomena Campus Quartet’ in collaboration with long time collaborators Steve Lodder and Dudley Phillips. Their original project is called JESTER OF JAZZ , with music by Steve Lodder and Dudley Phillips and lyrics by Filomena Campus. The CD Jester of Jazz features Winston Clifford on drums and special guests Jean Toussaint and Rowland Sutherland was published and distributed by Egea UK Sam productions in January 2011. It was presented on January 26 and 27 at Pizza Express Jazz Club in London (sold out) with trumpet star PAOLO FRESU as special guest. Martin France has joined the quartet on drums in 2012, and they are going to record their new project Italy vs England soon. Click on ‘Jester of Jazz’ page to read more about this project.
Theatralia have presented their ‘Interludes’ in different London venues including the Riverside Studios. Theatralia Interludes are multimedia performance/happenings of free improvisation featuring top UK jazz musicians, dancers, performance and visual artists.
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Filomena has performed in several international festivals such as Edinburgh Festival, Berlin Italian Jazz Festival, European Jazz Expo’, Forma e Poesia nel Jazz, Nuoro Jazz, Orfeo Cinto di Mirto, Split Jazz and Blues Festival, Roccella Ionica Jazz Festival, Time in Jazz, Birmingham International Jazz Festival, Notting Hill Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Nottingham Jazz Festival, Munich Italian Jazz Week.
In 2004 Filomena Campus co-founded the acclaimed jazz quintet In Kimbe with internationally renowned flautist Rowland Sutherland. They recorded In Kimbe CD in 2007.
In the summer of 2004 Filomena Campus took part to the Mozambique Empty Boat Tour, performing with the UK band Empty Boat and the Mozambican band Massukos, shooting a film documentary to raise awareness about sanitation and water in Mozambique in collaboration with Water Aid.
In 2002/03 Filomena joined the UK Nubian Vibes Tour led by long time collaborator and friend, the acclaimed vibraphone player Orphy Robinson. Robinson also invited Filomena to join his band Quattro+, featuring Pat Thomas, Dudley Phillips and Kenrick Rowe, performing in major UK jazz festival and live on BBC Radio3.
In 2001, prior to her relocation in London, she directed and performed in ‘A Game of Chess’, her first experiment mixing theatre and live jazz, in Cagliari, Italy. The project was inspired by the work of Beckett, Joyce and TS Eliot and featured top jazz Sardinian musicians.
Click HERE the read press and media reviews on Filomena Campus
Here are some extracts:
‘Campus is a highly musical singer’ The Telegraph
‘Her voice has the warmth of the sun and the reflexes of the music of the soul. Excellent vocalist, able to perform with humor and swing, with elegant and charming stage presence, moves like dancing on stage, reading poems, telling of fellinian clowns and surreal circus, enchanting her audience with a voice that knows the accents of the blues’. La Nuova, May 2010
‘Filomena jazzes things UP…reaching out to her audience, exuding expressiveness from every part of her body even down to her fingertips.’ Mary Brosnan (Herts Advertiser)
’Beautiful voice’ Franco Fayenz (Jazz critic)
‘Filomena has some spectacular singing abilities (the technique, the passion…), which can be appreciated both while performing ‘regular’songs and while improvising.’ Two Expats
‘A very talented vocalist and theatre director’ Venerdi di Repubblica
“Campus is an amazing vocalist, with her unique tone that is blues and solar at the same time, she is able to touch the chords of your soul, with excellent swing and incredible stage presence” Walter Porcedda – La Nuova
“Filomena Campus enchants London” L’Unione Sarda
“On stage the fabulous Campus is like a shaman of music” Ansa (London Italian Press Agency)
“Ethereal Sardinian vocalist performs beguiling songs from her new album ‘Jester Of Jazz’, inspired by Commedia dell’Arte and Theatre of the absurd, she creates dynamic, high-spirited originals. Her stunning band includes Sardinian trumpet star Fresu and brilliant sax and flute work from Toussaint and Sutherland.” Time Out London
“Filomena Campus’ Jester of Jazz is a bold jump into the blue colours of the Mediterranean Sea. Deep and refreshing, the melodies sing in waves the stories of jazz, freedom and passion. The blues is never far, and when your hear the music your soul sails away into the world of free spirits.”
Laurent De Wilde
“(…) this new album from the London based Italian vocalist and theatre director, Filomena Campus, explores the art of the jazz singer through a playful ironic filter (…) Rather like her Italian counterpart, Maria Pia De Vito, Campus’ inherently dramatic approach and wide frame of references ensures that her approach to a song is always from an agreeably fresh perspective. Arrangement-wise, there are some immensely subtle things happening too: the ambiguous metrical layering’s of the album’s lead –off song, ‘Sabbia e Mirto’, the slowly uncurling whisps of flute counter melody in Dudley Phillips’ captivating arrangement of the traditional Sardinian song ‘No Potho Reposare’, and the tricky voice/piano unisons of ‘Monk’s Dance’, dedicated to the great Thelonious.” Peter Quinn, JAZZWISE (May 2011)
“I first encountered Filomena Campus on YouTube performing an arresting improvised vocal duet with Cleveland Watkiss.
‘Jester of Jazz’ (SAM Productions) also pivots around a short free improvisation, either side of which this singular Sard gleefully and expertly builds a multilingual set of beautifully stylish original songs and recitation that touches on everything from Gilbertoesque Latin to torch singing. She lives in London, but hers is the most international of musics so she’s often gigging abroad; catch her when you can.” ROGER THOMAS, JAZZUK (Aug/Sept 2011)
“Filomena Campus brought some of the elite rhythm section players from the London scene – Steve Lodder on piano, Dudley Phillips on bass and Winston Clifford on drums. In a well-judged set, Campus shone in the peaceful Sardinian song “No potho reposare.” She rounded off the set in a lively bossa tribute to Brazilian stage director Augusto Boal, with Campus reaching up well into head-voice, and the trio hiting the groove hard.” Sabastian Scotney, LondonJazz 2011