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News: Magma To Tour North America Spring 2016


French Music Legends Magma To Tour North America Spring 2016!
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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!

“We are happy to return to the United States to play for Americans. We know you are passionate, respectful and curious about music. We find you to be generous and open. It will be a joy for us to see you this year.” - Christian Vander

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 the band's first album, they tell 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.

Magma current line-up is: Christian Vander (drums, vocals), Stella Vander (vocals, percussions), Isabelle Feuillebois (vocals, percussions), Hervé Aknin (vocals), Jérôme Martineau (piano), Benoit Alziary (vibraphone ), Jim Grandcamp (guitar), Philippe Bussonnet (bass).


Magma US tour dates (w/special guest Helen Money):

- March 15 - San Diego, CA at Brick By Brick
- March 16 - Los Angeles, CA at The Regent
- March 18 - San Francisco, CA
- March 19 - Portland, OR at Wonder Ballroom
- March 20 - Seattle, WA at Crocodile
- March 22 - Denver, CO at Gothic Theater
- March 23 - Cleveland, OH at Beachland Ballroom
- March 25 - Chicago, IL at Reggies
- March 26 - Chicago, IL at Reggies
- March 27 - Austin, TX at Mohawk
- March 29 - Atlanta, GA - TBA
- March 30 - Philadelphia, PA at Underground Arts
- April 1 - New York City at Le Poisson Rouge
- April 2 - Toronto, ON at Opera House
More information about the tour dates and tickets CLICK HERE.

Source: Press release
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