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Daphne Bugler reports:
UK-based and Sardinian jazz improvisers are coming together to perform at the upcoming Theatralia Jazz Festival in London this month, following the success of the festival’s Sardinian leg.
In close collaboration with the city of Alghero and Jazz Alguer, the London-based Sardinian vocalist and lyricist Filomena Campus has created a bridge between the West End and the historic town of Alghero by uniting jazz artist from both cities on the stage to share their musical backgrounds and art.
Previously named My Jazz Islands, the festival now enters its fourth year, and features a collaboration with jazz artists from Sardinia where one night of the festival was held on 27 September.
The London end of the festival will be located at the PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 November. On the first night Marcello Peghin and Salvatore Maltana, a 10-string guitar and double bass duo will play, alongside Italian vocalist Marta Capponi and the award-winning Cleveland Watkiss. On the second night the Filomena Campus Quartet will perform alongside vibraphonist Jackie Walduck.
Filomena Campus explained that she launched the festival in 2013 with a mission to “unite her Sardinian roots with Italian and UK Jazz musicians”. She said: “Years ago I left my island, Sardinia, for another island. Great Britain welcomed me and helped me to make many dreams come true. At a moment in which walls are being raised, I want to build a bridge between our two countries. One that is made of notes, sand, myrtle wine and poetry”.
The event has been endorsed by the Mayor of Alghero.