Paolo Angeli: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Paolo Angeli has a whole toy shop aboard his guitar: He’s got hammers, pedals, propellers, springs, drone strings and even a couple of cell-phone ringers at his disposal.
The base of it all is a six-stringed instrument from his native island of Sardinia, and the seed of Angeli’s sonic creations is traditional Sardinian music. But in the same way that he’s turned his guitar into something new, Angeli twists and turns that tradition into musical magic, in creations that skim over jazz, experimental, improvisational, classical and punk — embracing all, yet not quite belonging to any. All those toys let him create a palette of super-saturated colors and unbelievably varied textures.
Angeli, who’s based in Barcelona, describes his set-up as “a one-man band for the new millennium.” The setup may be futuristic, but the music he creates is deeply human — warm and full of humor and wit, just like Angeli himself.