Paolo Angeli

BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity (130 Pine Street, Florence MA)

Art + Entertainment + Music + Music/Instruments

Paolo Angeli has sold out Carnegie Hall and collaborated with Pat Metheny, Fred Frith, Hamid Drake, Louis Sclavis, and others. Paolo has a whole toy shop aboard his self-made guitar (Pat Metheny saw it and had Paolo build him one!). 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.

This show will be like nothing you’ve seen before and we are excited to present Paolo at Bombyx. He has been nominated for five Grammys in 2022: Album of The Year; Best Alternative Music album; Best Alternative Performance; Best Global Music Performance; and Best Instrumental Music Performance.