Theatralia Jazz Festival comes to London's Pizza Express

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Sardinian jazz vocalist Filomena Campus presents her three night Theatralia Jazz Festival bringing together Sardinian and British culture through music, theatre and writers from November 9.

Sardinian jazz vocalist Filomena Campus returns to London’s Pizza Express Jazz Club with her third Theatralia Jazz Festival (formerly My Jazz Islands). The festival aims to bring together Sardinian and British culture using music and theatre from British and Italian musicians and writers. A carefully crafted bill presents innovative collaborations to bring bright ideas to life.

Opening night November 9 features a new and original project celebrating women's art and music called 4Njanas. Filomena Campus features with harpist Tori Handsley, pianist Laura Cole and bassist Ruth Goller followed by a duo performance from Sardinian trumpeter and flugelhorn player Paolo Fresu with British tuba virtuoso Oren Marshall.

On November 10 it’s ‘England vs Italy’ as Stefano Benni, one of Italy's most prominent writers, joins forces with Fresu and an all star band featuring British vocalist Cleveland Watkiss and Filomena Campus. Benni is renowned for his readings, drawing big Italian crowds.

On the closing night November 11 a production of ’Misterioso' journeys in the music of Thelonious Monk and Billie Holiday written by Stefano Benni, and again featuring Filomena Campus and Cleveland Watkiss (Monk’s spoken voice, vocalist) with pianist Robert Mitchell, vibes player Orphy Robinson and saxophonist Jean Toussaint.

Theatralia Jazz Festival also presents a number of free events at the Italian Cultural Institute London and The Italian Bookshop, before the main festival, including workshops, music nights and a book presentation from Stefano Benni.

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