Paolo Angeli

TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival

Thursday February 8 @ 10:00pm, La Nouvelle Scène Studio B $30


Paolo Angeli

'TALEA' - Program

Talea is an 'extended play' of the music which is dear to me. I used to decide on stage the playlist for an evening, based on more than four hours of repertoire, so that no performance would be the same as the previous one, with radical changes thanks to the context and the form of the concert. For me to play, it's similar to sailing between the islands, deciding the route according to the winds, currents and sea conditions. Improvisation is at the heartbeat of this creative process, a way of linking and developing structures. The pieces could be (re)made by editing different compositions, which allows me to reconstruct each evening a kind of ideal score. I always give emphasis to the importance of Sardinian music and to the voice which provides a tri-dimensional character to the texture of the guitar orchestra. The final playlist provides a narrative for the listener, the often-without-pause-between one piece and the next that characterizes my concerts. In synthesis, Talea is the point of arrival of a research project and a kind of coexistence that has lasted 20 years, during which I have embraced the instrument as the natural offshoot of my musical ideas. The main protagonist is a special Sardinian guitar, which is seen on the CD cover among seaweeds and wood consumed by the sea. It is the Talea, obtained from a thousand stolen clues that have found in this instrument fertile territory for rebirth in another form, taken from the diary of a journey where the sense of belonging merges with a search for diversity.

I am happy to be able to share this with all of you.
Paolo Angeli

Born in 1970 in an extremely stimulating musical environment Paolo Angeli grew up in Palau, a small port in northern Sardinia, that looks out on the twelve islands of the Maddalena archipelago, a rugged scenic area of turquoise lagoons, national parks and pristine beaches. He started to play guitar when he was nine. The guitar and the voice of his father (his first mentor), the rock bands of the village, his experience at concerts in village squares, and carnival evenings, all pointed him in a direction that eschewed stylistic barriers in music. In 1989, he moved to Bologna and started to play with various contemporary music ensembles, practicing collective composition and improvisation, breaking down the borders between musical genres, and playing in the main European festivals of innovative music. In 1993, he met Giovanni Scanu, a legendary Sardinian guitar player who died at the age of 95. Giovanni taught him the forms and the components of the canto a chitarra gallurese e logudorese, old songs in the Sardinian dialects of Gallurese and Logudorese, traditionally accompanied by guitar.

Artist supported by The Italian Cultural Institute