Tomás San Miguel

LC 08972


Tomás San Miguel, (Vitoria - Gasteiz, 1953, but living presently in Madrid) is a pianist, composer and an accomplished player of many instruments. During his many years of experience, he has always been seeking new horizons in the world of sound and he has just published the second part of his project with Txalparta called ten , following his first record "Lezao", with which he triumphed in Spain and obtained important recognition in the United States. The specialized press (El País, El Mundo and ABC), dedicated headlines like the following to him: "He is Truly Different, A Magnificent Job, Evocative Memories of Mystery and Charm, Fascinating and Exuberant Music, Powerful Meditations, An Original and Impressive Fusion"...

After having studied at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, Massachusetts) and spending more than six years living in that country, he has published, since 1985, several CDs and a variety of musical recordings for theatres, dance, cinema, documentaries and full-length movies. (He has just concluded the composition and production in Los Angeles of the film "Big City Blues", of Clive Fleury, which has represented the definitive relaunching of actor Burt Reynolds).Throughout the past few years, he has participated in a number of collaborations and projects, with musicians such as Jorge Pardo, Dissidenten, Airto Moreira, Stan Getz, Gerardo Núñez, Gary Burton, Enrique Morente, Kepa Junkera... He has composed and produced a number of musical works for Television, including the introductions for the Teledeporte Channel (Sports) and for Radio Nacional de España (National Spanish Radio), which are played at present, among many other works.

Music is a Territory without a Name

This is the philosophy which is found in the second portion --after "Lezao"-- of the musical project created by Tomás San Miguel with Txalaparta. tenis an impressive sound gallery, enhanced by the voices of the Samaniego Choir, the Txalaparta of Perdi and Ibon and other highly valuable collaborations, all of which are integrated by the masterful production of Marlon Klein (Dissidenten) and the author himself. This fusion of instruments produces a whole universe of melodies and exciting and highly original results, and people cannot remember anything like it. A special identity is established between the primitive rhythm and a futuristic sophistication. Notes are visualized, with profiles of dispersed souls.

The voices take on special importance in the melodic handling of this work, as does the Txalaparta, in the rhythmic handling of certain Basque dances. The vocal part of some of the songs using syllables and melodies taken from the onomatopoeic character of the Euskera language, confer a very personal nature on the music, which is both ancestral and universal, thus doing away with the need for any spoken language. The rhythmic support is expressed with the Txalaparta which delves into the ancestral Basque dance rhythms, such as the Espatadantza (Dance of the Sword), in the themes "Izar" and "Dindon", the Zortzico (Dance in 5 x 4), in the theme "Elegy", raising the purely folkloric to the level of a hypnotic trance, and the Arin Arin (a rapid, festive rhythm) in "Ten with ten". The theme "Santa Agueda" is a personal and epic view of a very well known traditional melody in Euskadi. In ten, the songs rise up as prayers, seeking the way to revive the myth which only the music can express. The Space of Totality and the Kingdom of Equilibrium, beyond the barriers of Time and the limits of Space, is where Music becomes a territory without a name. Tomás San Miguel appears as a musician in which all the expectations are deposited in him, and not in vain does  tenspeak of it.The only thing missing is that the market geniuses discover this gold mine.



The Txalapartaris are consecrated between the old masters and the new generation. They are absolutely necessary in this project for they offer their unique touches from the very beginning in the project "Lezao". They have made many individual tours of Europe, India, Italy... They work tirelessly in Euskadi in the area of research and investigation with this instrument. They also participate with other projects such as the one called STRONK, an accidental factory of silence.


THE SAMANIEGO CHOIR: Aitor Saéz de Cortázar

The Samaniego Choir is made up of 40 people under the direction of Aitor Saez de Cortázar. It has offered countless concerts both in Spain and abroad and has received many awards, among which the Gold Medals from the Tolosa Contests of 1983, 1988, 1990 and 1993 stand out, along with the Silver Medals of Folklore and Bronze in Polyphony in 1987. They classified in fourth place in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Among other recordings, we should mention those obtained, together with the Araba Choir for a selection of works by the composer Sabin Salaberri and their collaborations in the last two productions of Tomás San Miguel.


Since 1981, he has produced Dissidenten's work and has toured with them throughout the world. He is the drummer, percussionist, keyboard player, composer and producer. He has collaborated with many groups and musicians such as Gary Wright, George Harrison, Angelique Kidjo, Dieter Meier (Yellow), Einsteurzenden Neubauten, Nina Hagen and Pili Pili, among others.

He has undertaken the production of ten, in order to impose a special character on this work, in view of his importance as the representative producer in the birth and development of the so-called "world beat" style, in which he was a leader and a pioneer, together with his group Dissidenten. For Tomás San Miguel, this collaboration has represented the ability to round out and elevate his musical creations to a level of definitive quality.


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