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22.22 Free Radiohead

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22.22 Free Radiohead
22.22 Free Radiohead


Another great release in which Paulo and his extraordinary extended Sardinian guitar extrapolate outward - in the most remarkable way - from a collection of Radiohead tunes, freely and imaginatively re-interpreted. As usual, it's almost impossible to believe that this is one person playing one instrument. And I'm not just saying that; Paulo has developed techniques that are authentically jaw-dropping; here put quietly at the service of an intense musicality Out of its time, this is a record that fires on so many cylinders at once that further attempts at description would be pointless. A rare talent. Born in 1970, Paulo started to play guitar when he was 9, finally evolving his highly customised version of the Sardinian prepared-guitar: an 18-string orchestra guitar hybrid that covers baritone, cello and percussion - with various hammers, pedals and vari-speed propellers attached. In another life he has a degree in Ethnomusicology and has published a critical volume of historical analyses of the 'Canto a Chitarra', incorporating 4 CDs of recordings made between 1930 and 1967. He is artistic co-director of Isole che parlano, an international arts festival in Palau, now in its nineteenth year and performs regularly in Europe, America, Canada, Russia and Brasil, alone and with collaborators - who have included Pat Metheny, Fred Frith, Jon Rose, Otomo Yoshide, Hamid Drake, Evan Parker, Ned Rothemberg, Takumi Fukushima, Zeena Parkins, Andy Ex, Veryan Weston, Robert Dick, Lukas Ligeti, and Audrey Chen.
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