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).
SHISHANI & the NAMIBIAN TALES – Netherlands
Many worlds flow smoothly together in the unconventional music of Shishani & the Namibian Tales. The group was founded by percussionist Sjahin During in Amsterdam, the Netherlands 2015. Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Shishani combines the little known but rich tradition of her native Namibia with such western influences as soul and jazz. Debby Korfmacher may have been born in Germany, but she went mad about the sound of the African mbira (thumb piano) and then took up the kora (lute-bridge-harp). Cellist Bence Huszar hails from a renowned family of Hungarian musicians but explores the sonic potential of his instrument far beyond traditional boundaries. His pulsating, driving improvisations also land him a part-time job in the rhythm section alongside percussionist Sjahin During. During can draw on a wealth of experience in the widest variety of traditions, from Afro-Cuban via Turkish to Indian and jazz for his dynamic style of playing.
Traditional music from Namibia and other African regions forms the starting point for Shishani’s compositions. She sings her lyrics both in English and Oshiwambo, her mother’s native tongue.
Line-up: Shishani (na/be) – vocals & guitar, Bence Huszar (hu) – cello, Debby Korfmacher (de/nl) – mbira, kora, voice, and Sjahin During (tr/nl) – percussion set.