Alessandro Paganelli is a composer and guitarist based in Berlin, who has worked in the last years internationally in the field of composition and as a performer.
He has written music for media, ballet, and received music commissions from various labels.
His music explores the individual’s internal search for self: “When I compose, I always search for a key to access the place wherein a bridge between the sound and the listener is created, allowing communication between the composer, the performer, and the audience: a conversation that goes beyond words and enables us to feel a reflection of ourselves through sound.”
Being exposed to music early on, (his dad was the guitarist of Milva in the 70’s) Alessandro Paganelli started guitar lessons when he was 7 and then entered the Conservatory of his town at the age of 11 under the guidance of Flavio Cucchi and followed the summer guitar courses at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena under the guidance of Oscar Ghiglia.
After graduating in Italy, he moved to the Netherlands (Conservatorium Maastricht) where he focused his studies on Baroque music (Bach in particular), writing a thesis on how this music could be interpreted on the guitar.
He then relocated to Berlin, Germany, and started working as a solo performer for numerous opera productions (Theater Vorpommern in Greifswald and Stralsund; Bode Museum in Berlin; Trentino Music Festival) and various ensemble projects.
With a strong desire to find his own way of expressing himself through music and guided by his interest in a wide range of musical genres, he started experimenting with different ways of composing music: this period of research led to the creation of his Ensemble which released two EPs, "Drifting" (2017) and "Nebula" (2018) and the full-length Album "Sum", a collection of nine compositions about self-introspection, released on March 2020.
In 2020 he was commissioned by the New York-based Ballet Company Movement Head Quarters with a score based on Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, which was performed in 2021 in Brooklyn (USA).
Five Movements, one of his last projects in collaboration with the dancer and choreographer Shannon Maynor (USA), features five compositions written for neoclassical dance and released between 2021/2022.
Other commissions include the label Ameritz Music-Great Britain; Ostereo -Great Britain; Believe Music-France; Quartet Berlin-Tokyo - Germany; Szilyrd Varnai (filmmaker) for the short film "Kopf Hoch Amigo!" -Germany; Christopher Larson (filmmaker) for the documentary "Distilled"-USA.