With ten days of concerts, one of the UK’s landmark events comes back. The EFG London Jazz Festival, running from 11th to 20th November 2016 in several venues all around London, features some of the greatest names in jazz and according to BBC Radio 3 this is ‘the best Jazz festival on the planet’. Italy will have its say.
Filomena Campus, the award winning jazz vocalist, lyricist, theatre director and university lecturer, will have two dates. On 13 November she will hold a vocal workshop with the Sardinian singer Gavino Murgia at the Barbican. It will be the occasion to explore new vocal styles and jazz standards in an informal setting. Tickets cost just £5.
On 15 November the Filomena Campus Quartet, featuring special guest Gavino Murgia, will play at PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho. Campus’ quartet will perform new songs from their forthcoming project ‘Queen Mab’ to be released next year, a tribute to Brazilian masters and to Sardinian music tradition.
On 19 November an Italian cult classic film from 1967 will be screened at the Barbican Centre. L’assassino (The Murderer) tells the story of Alfredo (played by Marcello Mastroianni), a Roman antiques dealer who is picked up one morning by cops and accused of killing his wealthy sponsor and mistress.
The film details the game of investigatory cat-and-mouse between the suspect and the crafty police inspector; responding to his questions, Alfredo slides in and out of flashbacks, which cumulatively reveal him as something of a selfish, unscrupulous bon-vivant.
Jazz on Film/Jazzwise magazine writer Selwyn Harris will introduces L’Assassino and launches his new ‘Jazz in Italian Cinema’ collector’s edition vinyl album. He will also talk about Piero Piccioni, the Italian lawyer turned major film score composer, and his jazz score for the film. Tickets cost £9,50.
To read the full programme of the London Jazz Festival and find out more about free events visit the website.