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French Music Legends Magma to Tour North America Spring 2016

One of music's most innovative and eclectic ensembles Magma will tour North America beginning in March 2016! Swirling riffs in odd time signatures, theatrical choir arrangements, heavy and distorted pulsing bass guitar, bombastic and minimalistic (sometimes both at the same time), dark and brooding, adventurous and angelic, jazzy or classical, but always with the highly innovative and original drums of founder and main composer Christian Vander. On the forthcoming US dates the legendary ensemble will be performing selections of new and classic Magma music!

Magma was founded in Paris in 1969 by Christian Vander, who derived his inspiration from a "vision of humanity's spiritual and ecological future" that profoundly disturbed him. Vander was a self-taught musician, who received some tips from drum legend Elvin Jones. In the course of Magma's first album, the band tells the story of a group of people fleeing a doomed Earth to settle on the planet Kobaïa. Later, conflict arises when the Kobaïans, who are descendants of the original colonists, encounter other Earth refugees. A distinguished aspect of Magma's music is that Vander actually invented a constructed language, Kobaïan, in which most lyrics are sung. Later albums told different stories set in more ancient times; however the Kobaïan language remained an integral part of the music. Reportedly, Christian Vander is also highly influenced by the work of jazz legend John Coltrane. "For my work, it is still Coltrane who actually gives me the real material to work on, to be able to move on.," says Vander.

Clearly Magma is one of the most influential of all French bands. They have left a legacy of music that defies any of the standard and convenient classifications of rock, operating instead in a realm of their own creation. It waits to be discovered by new converts, and continually by older fans alike!

Christian Vander : drums, vocals
Stella Vander : vocals, percs
Isabelle Feuillebois : vocals, percs
Hervé Aknin : vocals
Jérôme Martineau: Fender Rhodes
Benoit Alziary : vibraphone
Jim Grandcamp: guitar
Philippe Bussonnet : bass

Magma US tour dates w/special guest Helen Money
March 16 - Los Angeles, CA at The Regent -
March 19 - Portland, OR at Wonder Ballroom -
March 20 - Seattle, WA at Crocodile -
March 22 - Denver, CO at Gothic Theater -
For more information:
Magma official website
Seventh Records:
North American Booking:

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