Miquel Gil - Kata
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Miquel Gil

On Kata this Valencian singer discovers the geological layers of Levante, Andalucía, Mallorca and Catalunya, travelling across the Spanish Mediterranean seaside to create a unique and personal sound. Rough of voice, but elegant in execution, this recording is one of the more important to come from Spain in 2004.


Raúl Rodriguez - guitar
Eduard Navarro (of L'Ham de Foc) - dulcaina and other wind instruments
Diego López (L'Ham de Foc) - percussion
Xavi Lozano (Eliseo Parra, Lídia Pujol) - various wind instruments
Christobal Rentero - Guitar, lute, bandurria and flute
Eduard Iiesta - Guitarra portuguesa, bouzouki, lute, baglama
Plus a large cast of guests on clarinet, percussion, accorion, pandereta, bass, guitar and more

Also by Miquel Gil:
Terregada (with Lidia Pujol and Psalite)

Press info from the label:
Like the oranges he cultivates according to ecological principles Miquel Gil's voice grows directly from the Valencian earth. With his last album Orgànic (sonifolk, 2002) Miquel had opened a new chapter in his career as a musician and earned several awards, i.e. the "Best album of the Year in Catalonia" (enderrock awards). On Katà he dug even deeper in what had brought him the great critics of Orgànic "... the time to think and to observe and investigate his Mediterranean surrounding, to re-discover almost forgotten sounds, songs and identities. It's an oeuvre for any kind of audience, captivating, as it shows us the musical treasures that surround us and only wait to be discovered." (Jordi Turtós)

On Katà he discovers the geological layers of Levante, Andalucía, Mallorca and Catalunya, travelling over these countries and the Spanish Mediterranean seaside. On his trips to Northern Africa, Greece and Turkey he demonstrates the close relationship and neighbourhood between Spain and these cultures styles like granainas and fandangos, gnawa, jotas, rembetika, picados mallorquines, boleros, dances from the mountainside, odd rhythms from Turkey are put together in a small room and a big album comes out of it. Miquel does not care about political conventions and makes all these cultures live together in a natural familiarity. It's astonishing how he takes advantage of his broad musical experience and naturality and manages to submerge us into landscapes, feelings, flavours and sensations through his music.

Miquel puts his feelings about the Mediterranean music in very clear words "Three are the vertices of the Mediterranean music [...] Raï, Rembetika and Flamenco. The influence of the Cante Jondo starts at a distance of 50 km from my home and the Andalusian part of our musical heritage is related with the Flamenco. I don't believe in the impermeability of traditional music. Music has always been moved from one place to another; the "Mestizaje" is not an invention of our times, it has existed for many centuries [...] Valencia is the Southern Station, the end of the northern line and the beginning of the South. We have cultural elements in common at the same time with Mallorca, Greece and the tradition of Castilia, the centre of Spain. The worst thing you can do about roots music is categorize it in too many separated compartments." (excerpt of his interview with David Alcácer for estaciontierra.com)

The extensive work of collecting traditional motifs and reinventing them has made out of the Cantautor Miquel Gil (singer/songwriter) in Orgànic the Cantaor (flamenco singer) in Katá. The wide musical range that covers Katà is also reflected in the musicians who joined the recording sessions Raúl Rodriguez (guitar) from Seville who is responsable for the flamenco sounds; Eduard Navarro, well known from his band L'Ham de Foc, who has created his very own sound due to his great performance on the dulcaina and other wind instruments; Diego López, also known from L'Ham de Foc, who gives to each and every of the 11 songs his particular flavour through his precise and subtle playing, and finally Xavi Lozano (Eliseo Parra, Lídia Pujol), who creates a special magic on his exotic wind instruments. Special guests like Carles Belda (Pomada) and Pep Toni Rubio (Música Nostra) point out the great reputation that Miquel has reached in the Spanish music scene.

Once again we have to draw attention to the union of music and lyrics in Miquel's work. Seeking continuity with the previous Orgànic, Miquel puts poems of young poets of Catalonian language into music and manages to build a bridge between the antique traditions and the touchable actuality. No matter whether the topic is pragmatic or poetic, concrete or metaphoric, quotidian or enigmatic Miquel finds the right phrasings to sing about banners and frontiers, drunk moons and drugged suns, abysses and rainfalls, the sap of antique memory, the little things love is about and the messages on the mobile phone, arms that turn 'round and 'round, the trading of spikes and looks, opium poppy and the cockcrow, eyes of deep water, an Arabian horse at a gallop, or the river hidden under the bark of the tree.

With his new release Katá Miquel Gil has definitely reached to be recognized as one of the most important artists of popular Mediterranean music.

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