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Filomena Campus‘ diverse influences range from modern literature, theatre and performance art to the culture of her native Sardinia. Lauded for her showmanship and formidable improvisation skills, as a vocalist Filomena is both highly experimental and technically adept. She has toured and collaborated with the UK’s top jazz artists, including Evan Parker, Orphy Robinson, Huw Warren, Byron Wallen, Cleveland Watkiss, Jackie Walduck, Laura Cole, Charlie Pyne, Jean Toussaint, Kenny Wheeler, and the London Improvisers Orchestra, as well as with fellow Sardinian musicians Paolo Fresu, GAvino Murgia, and Antonello Salis. Filomena has performed at many jazz festivals around the world, having played in the UK, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Thailand, Morocco and Croatia amongst others. The Filomena Campus Quartet with Steve Lodder, Dudley Phillips and Rod Youngs has released the CD Jester of Jazz and performs regularly at London jazz venues such at the PizzaExpress Jazz Club, Ronnie Scott’s and the Vortex. The Quartet has two more projects, ’20 Venti’ that will be recorded in 2022, and ‘Italy VS England’ with renowned Italian writer and performer Stefano Benni. In 2014 Campus recorded the album Scaramouche with Giorgio Serci, featuring the late Kenny Wheeler. 2013 saw Filomena launch her My Jazz Islands Festival, later renamed Theatralia Jazz Festival, in which she seeks to unite Italian and UK jazz musicians. Her jazz theatre production of Monk Misterioso. A journey into the Silence of Thelonious Monk, supported by the Arts Council England, toured the UK and was sold out at the EFG London Jazz Festival in November 2017. She is back to the festival in 2021 with her quartet featuring Charlie Pyne on double bass.
Campus has created a new jazz theatre project in 2021, ‘To be Franca’, in duo with pianist Steve Lodder.
It is a jazz theatre performance about  Italian theatre maker Franca Rame, and is part of Campus’ research project at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
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“Her scatting is literally something else, a modernist in her approach” Erminia Yardley, Jazz in Europe ​

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