Jester of Jazz, an elegant mix of pure jazz contaminated with surreal invasions of theatrical images and short poems. Campus’ performance is a passionate and ironic exploration of the role of the jazz singer playing with the notes and the different colors of the music like a clown. Inspired by characters of Commedia dell’ Arte, Theatre of the absurd, Sardinian culture and in particular by some extraordinary figures such as Dario Fo, Franca Rame, Pina Bausch, Federico Fellini, Samuel Beckett, Augusto Boal, Maria Carta.
The music is written by Steve Lodder and Dudley Phillips with lyrics by Filomena Campus and a poem by Italian acclaimed writer Stefano Benni.
The title refers to the motivation for the Nobel Prize in Literature 1997 that was awarded to Dario Fo “who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden”. Jester of Jazz has toured internationally and has received excellent reviews in UK, Italy and Germany.
Filomena Campus, an internationally renowned and award winning Sardinian jazz vocalist/lyricist, theatre director and university lecturer, Filomena Campus lives in London.
In 2010 Filomena founded the ‘Filomena Campus Quartet’ with long time collaborators Steve Lodder (piano) and Dudley Phillips (double bass), and Rod Youngs (drums).