Giorgia Angiuli: “Sound is the first form of healing, I have the privilege of discovering the power behind sound” - Features - Mixmag

Giorgia Angiuli: “Sound is the first form of healing, I have the privilege of discovering the power behind sound”

Presented by W Hotels and Mixmag, Italian multi-instrumentalist shows us the quiet beauty of Rome

  • Interview: Becky Buckle | Video: Jerry Dobson | In association with W Rome
  • 15 August 2022

In celebration of W Hotels' new location in the Eternal City, W Rome, Giorgia Angiuli took Mixmag on a journey to discover some of the city's serene hidden gems.

When taking some distance from the bustling streets teaming with Vespas, Giorgia navigates us to the quieter locations for some time with nature: “I love spending time in quiet spaces. Rome is a huge city. It’s a noisy city but you can find lovely places,” she says.

Giorgia is an immersive artist and classically trained musician who combines her sets with a broad range of instruments from drums to a toy flute. Hailing from Puglia, this colourful performer has been shepherding in a new wave of conscious artists in Italy since 2013.

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Angiuli is introspective and wanted to focus on the places that reflect her character and spiritualism. The three locations she whittled down to explore were, Isola Tiberina (Tiber Island), Fontana dell’Acqua Paola and the gardens of the Villa Doria Pamphili. Each spot, she says, provides endless tranquillity and inspiration.

The boat-shaped island of Tiber is filled with history, with countless fables dating back to ancient times attempting to explain its unique shape. These famous tales are seen within the sacred temple Aesculapius named after the Greek god of healing and was built in the 3rd century BC. Its rich history and picturesque beauty has a connection to Angiuli. “I choose places that are close to water” she explained and as the island is surrounded by the sounds of the city and water it’s the perfect spot.

For Angiuli, “water is one of the best teachers ever” as she spends time with water to calm her mind but also to gain revelations on music-based concepts. “I record sounds of water in many places around the world” she explains adding that: “If one day you feel stressed, simply go and contemplate the water listening also to wave sounds. And the movement of water is so beautiful. It has a huge healing power.”

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This same notion was behind her decision to visit the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola. Commissioned by Pope Paul V, this tranquil spot is somewhere you can watch the sunset across the neighbouring Terrassa del Gianicolo whilst listening to the fountain and distant city.

“I go to these special locations just to feel gratitude for the lovely experiences of the night before,” Angiuli explains. The gardens of the Villa Doria Pamphili is one of these “special locations” due to it being located in the old city centre of Rome with plenty of grounds to explore. Escapism is a huge part of her work and this spot encompasses this as she enjoys going from the club and then “going to places of nature”.

Angiuli sees the Villa Doria Pamphili as somewhere great for meditation due to its range of peaceful settings and its calming pond. Using environments like this and combining them with meditation, Angiuli has the “privilege to discover the power behind the sound.”

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Watch Giorgia Angiuli explore Rome below.

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