Fusing the warmth and atmosphere of the Eternal City of Rome with the vibrant and eclectic jazz scene of the West End, Filomena Campus’ Theatralia Jazz Festival returns to PizzaExpress Live celebrating its 5th anniversary.
The 2019 Festival is organised in collaboration with the music venue and lounge restaurant QVINTO in Rome connecting the two major cultural capitals of London and Rome in homage to the city that has been praised by great poets like Lord Byron, Shelley and Keats. Assembling fabulous artists from a variety of backgrounds around her, the London-based Sardinian jazz vocalist Filomena Campus once again brings authentic music-making to PizzaExpress flagship jazz stage in Soho. Get ready for two evenings of mellifluous Mediterranean sounds and poetry mixed into original songs and stunning improvisations.
Theatralia Jazz Festival
"Years ago I left my island, Sardinia, for another island. The UK welcomed me and helped me to make many dreams come true. At a moment in which walls are being raised, we seek to build a bridge between our two countries. One that is made of music, love, wine, and poetry.
Musical encounters started in 2013 with the first edition of the festival, previously called My Jazz Islands. Encouraged by the vision of PizzaExpress' music manager Ross Dines and music programmer Joseph Paice we now welcome the festival's fifth edition, creating a bridge between the two cultural capitals of London and Rome, in collaboration with QVINTO. The new music venue and lounge restaurant is located at the Tor di Quinto park in Rome, incubated by the ingenious entrepreneur Sabrina Corbo, who lives between London and the ‘Eternal City’.
Theatralia Jazz Festival Artistic Director
In 2013 Filomena Campus created the Theatralia Jazz Festival (formerly My Jazz Islands Festival) in which she seeks to unite her Sardinian roots with Italian and UK jazz musicians.
Filomena Campus is a jazz vocalist and lyricist, as well as a theatre director and university lecturer. As a vocalist Filomena has toured and collaborated with top UK jazz artists including Evan Parker, Guy Barker, Orphy Robinson, Huw Warren, Byron Wallen, Cleveland Watkiss, Jean Toussaint, Kenny Wheeler, the London Improvisers Orchestra and fellow Sardinian musicians Paolo Fresu, Gavino Murgia and Antonello Salis.
'“Her scatting is literally something else, a modernist in her approach” - Jazz in Europe
Love Letters from London to Rome
Filomena Campus & Giorgio Serci feat. Keld Ensemble String Quintet
Special guest Natasha Stanic Mann
show 8:30pm | doors 6:30pm
PizzaExpress Jazz Club, Soho
Scaramouche with strings attached
Sounds of the Mediterranean meet Brazilian rhythms and Baroque arpeggios in ‘Scaramouche’.
Inspired by the masked character of the Commedia dell'Arte, vocalist Filomena Campus wrote lyrics based on poems and songs by Jack Hirschman, Maria Carta, Hermeto Pascoal and Chico Buarque, which were set to music by guitarist Giorgio Serci and recorded in 2015 for the duo’s warmly-received album.
Suitably for the 5th anniversary of her Theatralia Jazz Festival, Campus and her fellow Sardinian guitarist Serci are now accompanied by a string Quintet of the Keld Ensemble, creating a mellifluous layer to their original music in a new arrangement for strings.
The evening will be interspersed with personal testimonies from Elena Remigi’s book ‘In Limbo’ in readings by actress Natasha Stanic Mann in the form of 'love letters' to London.
Filomena Campus Quartet feat. Rowland Sutherland
Special guest Natasha Stanic Mann
show 8:30pm | doors 6:30pm
PizzaExpress Jazz Club, Soho
Drawing inspiration from a variety of influences such as the Commedia dell’Arte, poetry and her native Sardinia, vocalist Filomena Campus fuses jazz with theatre in her performances. On the path of improvisation, her warm stage presence and lustrous voice wrap skilfully around the artistry of long-term collaboration partner Steve Lodder on piano, drummer Rod Youngs, and for this occasion Charlie Pyne on double bass,
The quartet is joined by flautist Rowland Sutherland for a new take on some of the quartet's original songs. Sutherland also presents some of his compositions, including Moderately Safe and Drizzle, with lyrics by Campus.
Performer Natasha Stanic Mann will inspire and trigger the quartet’s improvisation through her interpretation of poems by British and Italian authors, including poignant extracts from the book In Limbo Too by Elena Remigi.
It promises to be a highly creative evening by the Filomena Campus Quartet and their special guests.
Theatralia Jazz Festival at Qvinto Roma
5 June 2020
Full line up tbc
The Roof at QVINTO, Rome
The second leg of the festival will take place in Rome in 2020 and see jazz artists of the UK and Italy perform together with the Filomena Campus Quartet at the newly opened QVINTO, where the audience can enjoy a unique culinary experience and its refined and magical atmosphere.
Impressions of the Theatralia Jazz Festival throughout the years. Previous line-ups have included performances by Paolo Fresu, Antonello Salis, Stefano Benni, Gavino Murgia, Orphy Robinson, Cleveland Watkiss, Marta Capponi, Oren Marshall, Jean Toussaint, Tory Handsley and Robert Mitchell.
All photos of the 2019 and 2018 Theatralia Jazz Festival are courtesy of Carl Hyde
Founded by violinists Jonathan Acton and Kate Waterworth a decade ago, the Keld Ensemble is a versatile string orchestra who enjoy
collaborating with a wide range of soloists including soprano Jodie Devos, Pianists Jong-Gyung Park, Antony Zerpa Falcon and Bela Hartmann, Harpsichordists Masumi Yamamoto and Asako Ogawa,
DJ Francesca Lombardo, violinist Mona Kodama, classical guitarists Sean Shibe and Giulio
Tampalini, and Deutscher Chor London.
Giorgio Serci's technical skills on guitar range from classical, jazz, world and contemporary music enabling him to perform and record with artists like Ivan Lins, David Garrett, Basia, Camille Bertault, Sylvain Luc and Martin Taylor, He is a columnist for Guitar Interactive and collaborates with Fibonacci Archtop guitars, who are releasing the ‘Giorgio Serci Alma’ Signature model. Serci is also a co-founder of the renowned Bansangu Orchestra, which recently performed at Ronnie Scott's to great success.
Rowland Sutherland is a much sought-after jazz and classical music arranger. His rich musical background ranges from Caribbean and Brazilian influenced jazz, free improvisation and contemporary classical music. He is leader of the Brazilian jazz band Mistura and performs with his own Sextet, Sutherland is also a member of the Colin Currie Group.
Natasha Stanic Mann works across theatre, film and performance art. She studied Acting at ARTTS International in Yorkshire, and Physical Theatre at the International School of Corporeal Mime in London. As founder of Studio Lila and the Festival of Visual Theatre Labin in Croatia, she has collaborated internationally with many artists and theatre groups. In 2006, she participated in the Theatralia production U238 at Camden People's theatre.
Highly regarded sideman for many International and London musicians. He has also been musical associate with Paul McCartney and musical arranger for the Zappatistas.
‘Lodder is both an improviser of originality and a musical thinker of erudition and depth’ - The Guardian
Whether playing mainstream jazz, world music or urban contemporary, Rod Youngs moves seamlessly from one genre to another. A native of Washington DC, Rod has performed with array of artists including, Lee Konitz, Jon Hendricks, Julian Joseph, Courtney Pine, and Jazz Jamaica All Stars,
Music OMH magazine describes the London based drummer as “supremely subtle and melodic…dynamic and powerful”.
Charlie Pyne is a London based double bass player and is the solid backbone of some of contemporary jazz’s most exciting talents. Her debut album Dancing Shadows is a collection of thoughtful, melodic songs with lots of groove and an atmosphere of story telling. It features Luke Pinkstone on sax, Liam Dunachie on piano and Katie Patterson on drums and Pyne has recently also recorded with Jazz Ahmed and Issie Barratt's Interchange.
The In Limbo Project is a not for profit project based on the idea by Elena Remigi. It was launched in the aftermath of the 2016 UK referendum to give a voice to 3.5m EU citizens living in the UK and 2.2m UK citizens living in the rest of the EU. The project has resulted in the publication of two books: In Limbo and In Limbo Too…which are personal testimonies of citizens on both side of the channel.
"This exciting initiative taken by London-based vocalist Filomena Campus is the best possible advert for cross-cultural exchange at a time of internal strife in Europe."
'"So this is really what jazz can ALSO be; it can be about poetry, about singing it, performing it, it is about creation."
Il festival Theatralia come un ponte fra la Sardegna, sua terra d’origine, e la Gran Bretagna, un’altra isola che poi ha accolto la cantante e attrice sarda spianandole la strada verso il successo.