Filomena Campus Quartet
Filomena Campus - vocals
Steve Lodder - piano
Dudley Phillips/Charlie Pyne - double bass
Rod Youngs - drums
Filomena Campus formed her own quartet in 2010 with long time collaborators pianist Steve Lodder and Dudley Phillips on double bass. Their Jester of Jazz project with music by Lodder and Philips and lyrics by Campus, culminated in a recording in 2011 featuring saxophonist Jean Toussaint and flautist Rowland Sutherland. Drummer Rod Youngs completes the band since 2014. The Filomena Campus Quartet has brought its unique take on jazz to audiences around the world, touring in Italy, UK, Germany, Thailand, Morocco, Qatar and Jordan.
Constantly creating new work and texts, Filomena draws inspiration from theatre and literature, performance art, and her Sardinian roots. In the quartet's new project THEATRALIA, Campus celebrates her eclectic artistic career in music and theatre since she left Sardinia to move to London in 2001. This project, named after Campus' ensemble Theatralia, represents a metaphorical creative space of arts, performance, theatre, and music. It features new compositions written with pianist Steve Lodder and arrangements of tunes that have been part of Campus' repertoire and international collaborations. Campus in this project also explores the female side of jazz with songs about female artists who have inspired her work, such as Franca Rame, as well the stories of women at the margin, such as women refugees. The character of Queen Mab is a fairy referred to in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, where "she is the fairies' midwife, who helps artists give birth to their dreams. In this Theatralia journey, where music and improvisation intertwine with spoken word, Mab is compared to Sardinian myths of the Janas (legendary fairies), linking her Mediterranean roots to contemporary jazz with an electronic twist. Charlie Pyne joins the band for this project, on double bass and her fab vocals.
The Quartet's project Italy VS England started in 2013 with Italian prominent author Stefano Benni, who performs with the band and who wrote the texts of this ironic jazz theatre performance with original music by the Quartet.
Cleveland Watkiss MBE
Having first worked together in 2002, over the years Filomena and Cleveland Watkiss have become a truly exciting vocal partnership. Winner of the London Jazz Awards for Best Vocalist in 2010, and voted Wire/Guardian Jazz Awards best vocalist for three consecutive years, Watkiss is one of the most talented jazz singers in Britain. With Filomena he forms a vocal duo that delivers inspiring workshops and astonishing performances.
Duo with accordion/piano
A fellow Sardinian, Antonello Salis is renowned for his skill as both a pianist and accordionist, having worked with the world's top jazz musicians. Campus and Salis regularly perform together as a duo, drawing on their shared musical heritage to produce thrilling shows that push jazz in fascinating new directions . When Filomena and Salis get onstage together, you should always expect the unexpected.
Vocal Duo + Loops + Sax
Multi-instrumentalist Gavino Murgia is mostly know for improvising and modern approach to traditional Sardinian throat singing in contemporary jazz sessions. He is an adapt saxophonist who has performed with Bobby McFerrin and oud-player Rabih Abou-Khalil.