Miquel Gil lands at a very young age in the world of oral transmission music. His first steps took place in rock music, but very soon he met Vicent Torrent and Manolo Miralles and they set up the band “Al Tall”; since then he’s immerse in traditional root music. In “Al Tall” different phases he has been bass and percussion player, incidentally guitar player and, sporadically, dolçaina player (wind instrument, made of wood, with a conic pipe and a double tongue, from the ancient oboes family). But his voice is, certainly, the instrument with which better expresses himself; a voice and a singing style as a result of many years of study. Nowadays he’s one of the big voices of the Mediterranian musical scene. “Al Tall”, a band with a marked vocal constituent, was the perfect school for learning to sing: the traditional genres, el cant d’estil valencià (way of singing some traditional music from the Valencian area), the polyphony, les cançons de batre (traditional music, sung by countrymen when they are working)… He discovered also with them the mediterranian size of the Valencian Country root music.
The beginning of the group activity, coincidental to the Spanish democratic transition, was a time that began in secrecy and finished in football stadiums, full of people celebrating with his music the freedom arrival. In a second period, coincidental with the time of the so called “movida”, the group becomes aware of his Mediterranian projection. Often they make tours around Mediterranian countries and come into contact with other artists from the area that give them a widest vision of their musical scene. They publish a record together with Mª del Mar Bonet, Cançons de la nostra Mediterrània. The same year Spain signs the adhesion treaty with the European Economic Community, “Al Tall” publishes a new record where they reaffirm their Mediterranian vocation, Xarq Al-Andalus, with the Moroccan group “Muluk el hwa”. This is the last work where Miquel Gil takes part as a member of the band, that he will leave looking for new ways. It’s the dawn of “ethnic music”, the beginning of musical computing, the midi, the first samplers: new ways in root’s music.
The new maturing period as a cantaor takes him to study the different variants of the “free Mediterranian songs” like rembetika, rai or canzone napolitana. He will also study in depth the genres for cantaores of the Valencian tradition. As a cantaor he collaborates with the guitar player Ricardo Esteve and with the flamenco group “Salpicao”. At that time he admires musicians as Gabriel, Sakamoto, Branduardi, Camarón, Heno, Dissidenten, de Lucía, Los Chichos, Blades, Morente, Marelu, Battiatto or N’door. He recognizes in their works how they managed to give to oral transmission music a contemporary dimension that makes it useful and alive.
In a multidiscipline project with the group “Ananda dansa” called Mare Internum he meets Vicent Sabater, keyboard operator and, at that time, a pioneering of the musical computing. Together they make a joint production of a concert and win the “Encuentros de canción de autor para jóvenes intérpretes” convoked for the Youth Institute of the Ministry of Culture. The group “Ketama” (flamenco rock group from Andalusia) winned the previous occasion of this festival and Albert Pla (Catalan singer-songwriter) the next one. As a result of all this they set up “Terminal Sur”, a project close to the ethnic pop, where coexists gnawa melodies, rumba and cant d’estil, next to versions of Tom Waits, José Afonso, Remigi Palmero, sequences, loops and lutes. They publish the LP Viajero.
Even though the first Miquel Gil compositions are from the end of “Al Tall” times, is at this time with “Terminal Sur” when he starts composing regularly. He composes music by request for theatre and audio-visuals. He will also work in dubbing, giving his voice for cartoons, documentaries, films, etc. The results of this period with Vicent Sabater are the sound-track of the play O tu o res from Carles Alberola, with Perico Sambeat, and collaborations with the group “Seguridad Social”.
At the end of 1995, Miquel Gil begins a new way, with his voice as a main ingredient. The coming and going rhythms -born here, gone back to America and back again, or the other way round- with Mediterranian sonourness: bouzuki, lute; bandurria (Spanish instrument of the lute type), guitar; havanera, rumba, colombiana… As a result Buscando tu olor, with the collaboration of Efrén López and Vicent Sabater.
Meanwhile, a more ambitious project was on process: Orgànic. A way of singing that he only used for “depth charges”, hided away in second voices, in his own works, or in other records collaborations. This way of singing, that sometimes is confused with flamenco, is the result of many years of working and studying the different Mediterranian singing forms and, particularly, the cant valencià forms. Orgànic tried to rescue them, to put them on a foreground and, with a set of ways and Mediterranian common sounds (bourdons, polyphonies, polyrhythms, traditional instruments, etc.), to give a Mediterranian dimension, and therefore universal, to all those local musics. At the same time this work started searching for the poetry of contemporaneous writers from the Catalan language area, looking for present texts that would bring with them our days emotions and feelings. The idea was making a work of traditional singing with a contemporary vocation. The Orgànic recording, with Efrén López, Toni Xuclà and Miquel Gil’s own production, saw light the year of 2002. This work is a turning point in the musicians career, and allows him to consolidate a long musical development based on many years of training and research into the ethnic musics field. In the 2002 edition of the festival “Mediterrània” at Manresa (Catalonia), specialized in Mediterranian root music, he performs a show together with the groups “Música nostra” and “Pomada”, the first one from Mallorca and the second one from Sabadell (Catalonia).
In 2003 he wins the award “Altaveu” granted by the “Festival Altaveu de Sant Boi de Llobregat”, the award to “the best catalan record of the year”, organized by the magazine “Enderroc” and, in the folk section, the award “Puigporret de la crítica musical del Mercat de la música de Vic”. In collaboration with Lídia Pujol (Catalan singer) and Psalite they make Terregada. Cinc veus i un repertori sagnant, a vocal exercice of traditional songs with a common denominator: the human cruelty. He also takes part in the “Taller de músics de Barcelona” production: Cante el plaer de viure. At that very year starts the gestation of his last work published: Katà, a Greek prefix that means below, underneath. It signifies the intention of searching among the superposed layers of music, it’s substrates, the prime matter for making music. In order to achieve so, he chooses within different genres to take the definitive step for becoming a “Mediterranian cantaor” (granaïnes, fandangos, rembetika, soleá por bulería, bolero, picat mallorquí…).
The presence of Raúl Rodríguez guitar makes more specific the intention of sharing the energy of the flamenco guitar with the cant valencià forms. It was a pending challenge. That energy, that always has come through “cantos de Levante”, in this work has shared space with Bulgarian bagpipes, duducs, neis, moxenyos, dolçaines and gralles (peasant-type oboe) played by Eduard Navarro and Xavi Lozano; with the strings with frets and without them, the large guitars, and a thousand more instruments from Tobal Rentero and Eduard Iniesta, the David Farran’s bass, Lluís Molas’s and Diego López’s percussions. And Oscar Roig’s attentive look and good ear. The CD Katà is published in March 2004; in April and May comes into the “World Music Charts Europe” in eighth and fifth positions respectively. This situation adds an important international projection to the work. In the year summary of this list (“World Music Charts Europe, preview Year 2004”), Katà remains in the thirty-sixth position from a whole of nine hundred titles.
That summer, at the “Festival Internacional de Música de Torroella de Montgrí”, is performed Som de mar, in collaboration with “Esbart Ciutat Comtal”, “Coral Sant Esteve” from Castellar del Vallès, “Psalite”, Lídia Pujol, and the band “Gog i Magog”. A production with a Mediterranian repertory, all around Miquel Gil’s voice and songs. Along 2004 the musician has performed his works in France, England, Germany and Mexico.
In the 2004 edition of the “Mercat de la música de Vic” he wins the award “Puigporret de la crítica musical” in the folk mode and in the rest of the ranking.

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