The Sporting Summer Festival will be barely over, and the public will be able to see another legend in Monaco… Fantastic!
Bands and trends come and go, whist others stay and last. Magma’s success goes well beyond a simple trend or time. The band became known in the ’70s for its music free of convention and clichés: a virtuous, violent and unparalleled sound. Magma was founded by Christian Vander in 1969.
More than just a band, Magma is its own universe. More than a hundred people have been members of Magma at one time or another. On the frontier of jazz, jazz rock and even progressive rock, Magma has grown as a band and is today unclassifiable, although its style has been heavily influenced by saxophonist John Coltrane. The greatest French musicians, including Jannick Top, Claude Engel, Bernard Paganotti, Didier Lockwood or the late Michel Graillier have all been part of the band.
Just like Miles Davis, Christian Vander (drummer, pianist, composer, singer and band founder) is a great teacher.
At Magma, he stood out quickly from his peers, avoiding the easy road. An extremely demanding and rigorous musician, Christian Vander had a hypnotic effect when he sang or played music with its powerful and implacable polyrhythmic sound. His provocative and off-the-wall attitude before his time and his original vocals caused many to be outraged and accusatory. But Vander’s music is always present, independent, indomitable and vibrant, inspired by music greats John Coltrane, Igor Stravinsky and Carl Orff.
The band quickly achieved international renown, performing all over Europe and the US since 1973 as part of the Newport Jazz Festival.
In 2009, Magma celebrated its 40th anniversary by releasing a set of all its studio albums. It also offered the public a concert tour which took the band all over France, Europe, Japan and the US. It also released a new album, Emehntehtt-Ré.
Their last album Félicité Thosz, came out in 2012. The album is light with almost classical touches, showcasing Magma’s capacity for growth and renewal without changing its groove. The trip took the band from Japan to the Urals and the Central Asian steppe, stopping to pay tribute to Tamla Motown soul music.
Magma has released 24 albums during a 44-year career. Magma is truly an exception, capable of mixing musical styles and freeing itself of the structures of show business. Come see them on 27 September 2013 at the Opéra Garnier de Monte-Carlo to get autumn off to an explosive start.
> To find out more about Magma, visit the band’s official website
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Friday 27 September 2013
Opéra Garnier, Monte-Carlo
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