Projects initiated and directed by Filomena
A Journey into the Silence of Thelonious Monk
a homage to thelonious monk
Directed by Filomena, Monk Misterioso: A Journey into the Silence of Thelonious Monk features award-winning vocalist Cleveland Watkiss and pianist Pat Thomas both embodying the great jazz pianist, joined by Orphy Robinson (vibes), Dudley Phillips (double bass), Mark Mondesir (drums), MD Rowland Sutherland (flute) and Filomena Campus (vocals and spoken word). Projected artwork by SDNA.
Featuring a script by the renowned Italian writer Stefano Benni, and featuring an All-Star band the show explores jazz legend Thelonious Monk’s extraordinary seven-year creative and personal silence in response to McCarthyism and to the struggle with mental illness at the end of his life. A newly revised version of the show, sponsored by the ACE, has toured the UK in the Autumn 2017 on the occasion of Monk's 100th year anniversary of his birth, with a sold out show at the London Jazz Festival. New tour dates coming soon.
the female side of jazz
Queen Mab explores the female side of jazz through the character of Mab, a fairy referred to in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, where "she is the fairies' midwife, who helps sleepers 'give birth' to their dreams. Campus compares Mab to the Mediterranean myths of the ‘Dea Madre’ (Goddess Mather) and the Janas (Sardinian legendary fairies) linking her Mediterranean roots to contemporary jazz with an electronic twist. Original music by Lodder and Philips, lyrics by Campus.
Jester of Jazz
Inspired by characters of Commedia dell’ Arte and Theatre of the Absurd, Filomena Campus explores in this jazz project the versatile role of a jazz singer in a playful, ironic way. Pure jazz is interspersed with surreal and theatrical interventions and short poems.The music is written by Steve Lodder and Dudley Phillips with lyrics by Filomena Campus, who marks her strong connection to Literature Nobel Prize winners Dario Fo and Franca Rame with Jester of Jazz.
Italy vs. England
England vs. Italy is a production based on a comparative text by one of Italy's most prominent writers, Stefano Benni, set on music by Steve Lodder and Dudley Philips. Including a new version of 'God save the Queen', the project has an inviting satirical edge.
Credevo Che / I Believed
performance aBOUT domestic violence
A theatrical performance of spoken word and music by Simonetta Agnello Hornby and Filomena Campus about domestic violence, based on true stories.
Uno spettacolo sulla violenza domestica, di Simonetta Agnello Hornby e Filomena Campus, regia di Daniele De Plano con la collaborazione di Filomena Campus. Produzione Feltrinelli.
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Theatralia Jazz Festival
an encounter between two countries
The Theatralia Jazz Festival - formerly known as My Jazz Islands - was created by Filomena with the aim to unite her Sardinian roots with British and Italian jazz styles. Under her artistic directorship the festival has attracted since 2013 a range of top international talents, numbering jazz musician Paolo Fresu, saxophonist Jean Toussaint, vocalist Cleveland Watkiss, pianist and accordionist Antonello Salis, Italian author Stefano Benni and Campus' all-female group the 4Njanas amongst those who have been featured artists. Alongside musical performances, Theatralia Jazz Festival's programmes include extra events such as talks, workshops and discussion panels. Theatralia Jazz Festival at London PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho in November 2019.
Filomena Campus & Giorgio serci feat. keld ensemble
A “beautiful atmospheric duo” is how Jazz FM described the project by Filomena Campus and guitarist Giorgio Serci: Scaramouche.
Sounds of the mediterranean meet rhythms of Brazil and Baroque arpeggios. Recorded in 2015, the music by Serci and Campus' lyrics get a mellifluous layer when the duo present them live on stage accompanied by the strings of the Keld Ensemble.