Paolo Angeli & Takumi Fukushima
We are now on an imaginary island somewhere between Sardinia and Japan. The local music is strange avant-pop-folk that’s created by Takumi Fukushima’s violin and voice and Paolo Angeli’s heavily prepared and massive Sardinian guitar, which has three sets of strings and is mostly played by bow in an upright position, like a cello, though it often turns into a percussion instrument, too. Avantgarde thinking meets spacy soundscapes and elements of folk music. Sample the duo’s skills on their live album Itsuomanika (2010).
Born in Sardinia in 1970, Paolo Angeli started playing guitar at nine, taught by his father. Also the colourful soundscape of the island made a lasting impression on the boy. After moving to Bologna in 1989, Angeli started breaking musical boundaries in the 14-piece Laboratorio di Musica & Immagine. Then he played post-rock in Mistress and has since performed solo and collaborated with Fred Frith, Pat Matheny and Hamid Drake, among many others.