Paolo Angeli grew up in Palau. Under his father’s mentorship as well as the stimulating musical environment he grew up in, he was directed towards the world of music.
Now well established and known across the world’s musical and art scene, music fans based in Addis Ababa got the chance to see Angeli in concert on Wednesday 9th of April at the Italian Cultural institute.
The musician started playing the guitar since he was 9 years old. In 1990, he became a part of Laboratorio di Musica & Immagine, an ensemble of 14 musicians who, by unblocking the barriers among musical genres and by practicing collective composition and improvisation, started becoming famous in the main European festivals of innovation music.
And then came the most creative occurrence yet for the artist; a guitar. But it is not just a regular guitar; it was an orchestra-instrument with 18 cords, a hybrid between guitar, baritone, violoncello and drums, with hammers, pedals, and some propellers. With this singular instrument, Paolo Angeli elaborates, improvises and composes unclassifiable music, suspended between free jazz, folk noise and minimal pop.
Although the artist had a solo performance at the concert held on Wednesday right here in our city, it sounded like a full band was in swing.
Paolo Angeli has played live in more than 50 concerts for in Europe the US Canada, Russian, Brazil. He plays and records for Radio Rai Tre, Radio Rai due, BBC 3 and NPR, among others, and is continuously performing in festival, galleries, theatres, and jazz clubs.