European identity lies at the heart of singer-songwriter Toni Micayl’s latest endeavour, the Pan-European Music Projects Association, a project aimed at bringing together artists across the continent to which Micayl is contributing as a composer, songwriter and producer. Micayl’s musical style is diverse, varied, a medley of influences from Miles Davis and John Coltrane to Tom Misch and Jordan Rakei, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan to FKJ and Kendrick Lamar.
Mirroring Europe’s multiculturalism, Micayl’s work crosses and fuses genres to create an idiosyncratic sound blending ballad jazz, soul-infused hip hop, organic lo-fi, funk and swing. Prior to his current work he released his self-produced debut EP (Exams) in 2016, a year before Micayl himself crossed borders to study at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
Never one to be constrained by rigid, restrictive boundaries, Micayl often moves between several musical projects and social circles at once: alongside the Pan-European Music Projects Association, he is a member of the Blue Blood Collective founded by Spilt Milk Society frontman Harry Handford, as well as a session pianist and keyboard player for artists based in and around Germany and the UK.
His latest project, a ten-minute collaborative piece informed by Walt Whitman’s ‘O Me! O Life!’, in which several artists will ‘contribute a verse’, typifies the coexistence and collective contribution underlying much of Micayl’s work.
FKJ, Tom Misch, Jordan Rakei, Leon Bridges, Thundercat, Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington, Flying Lotus, Masego, XamVolo, Snarky Puppy, Jacob Collier, Cory Henry, Johnny Balik, Moses Sumney, The RH Factor, Childish Gambino, Nick Hakim, ESCHES, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, chic Corea, Oscar Peterson