FILOMENA CAMPUS

 

 

 

Internationally renowned and award winning Sardinian jazz vocalist, lyricist, theatre director and producer, Filomena Campus lives in London. She has toured and collaborated with top UK jazz musicians including Evan Parker, Guy Barker, Orphy Robinson, Byron Wallen, Cleveland Watkiss, Jean Toussaint, Huw Warren,  Kenny Wheeler,  Paolo Fresu, Antonello Salis, Martin France, Antonio Forcione, Maciej Fortuna,  the London Improvisers Orchestra (Filomena features in the CD by the LONDON IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA: Improvisations For George Riste’).
In 2013 sha has created the international jazz festival:  My Jazz Islands, in collaboration with Jazz Club Soho Pizza Express in London.

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.  Martin France has joined the quartet on drums in 2012, and they are going to record their new project  in 2015. Click on ‘Jester of Jazz’ page to read more about this project.

Scaramouche is the title of the new album (2014) written and recorded with guitarist and composer Giorgio Serci. The album, published and distributed by Egea,  features legendary trumpet star Kenny Wheeler, Keld Ensemble string orchestra, Rowland Sutherland on flute and Adriano Adewale on percussions. The artwork for the album has been created by international artist Giuseppe Carta.

Filomena Campus is Theatralia Artistic Director. Productions include Not in My Name(2005) inspired by The Living Theatre and U238 (2006) by Marco Paolini. Since 2006 Theatralia’s production have been sponsored by the Arts Council England.  Their acclaimed production ‘Misterioso. A Journey into the Silence of Thelonious Monk’, written by Stefano Benni, was presented at London Riverside Studios and at the Edinburgh Festival, featuring top jazz musicians such as Tony Kofi, Orphy Robinson, Jean Toussaint, Guy Barker and Byron Wallen. Italy VS England, written by Stefano Benni with music composed by Steve Lodder and Dudley Phillips was presented at My Jazz Islands in Cagliari and London in 2013.

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.

Click here to read more about Theatralia productions.

Filomena has performed in several international festivals such as Edinburgh Fringe 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,  Festival Letteratura di Gavoi, Voci di Donna.

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  Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and TS Eliot.

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

‘Fascinating’Jazzwise

‘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

Click HERE for LONDONJAZZ Review

 

click here to read 5 stars Review on Filomena Campus Quartet at London Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, May 2011