On 1993, he was fulgurated by the encounter with Giovanni Scanu, the old guitar player from Sardinia, who died at the age of 95 and from whom he learnt the forms and the modules of the ‘canto a chitarra gallurese e logudorese’. From this ‘fighting meeting’ between extra-cultivated avant-garde and popular tradition, between 1993 and 1996, came his Sardinian prepared-guitar: an orchestra-instrument with 18 cords, an hybrid between guitar, baritone, violoncello and drums, gifted with hammers, pedals, some propellers at variable speed. With this singular instrument, constructed by the craftsman Francesco Concas in collaboration with Romano Scanferla, Paolo elaborates, improvises and composes unclassifiable music, suspended between free jazz, folk noise and minimal pop. In 2003, on request by Pat Metheny, he started the project of a new model of his Sardinian prepared guitar; in the Liuteria Stanzani it was two guitars that were born, one of which was adopted by the American musician.
A Guitar for Pat Metheny