Plus special guests The Utopia Strong
Live at The Garage, London
Joint tickets also available for entry to both nights here.
A new 11-piece lineup will be performing classic tracks and new music, with a different set each night.
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 brooming, adventurous and angelic, jazzy or classical, but always with the highly innovative and original drums of founder and main composer Christian Vander.
The music of MAGMA is adopted by the progressive rock movement, though even for progressive standards it is very hard to get into because of its ‘other worldly sound’ and its extended compositions of often more then thirty minutes. The band has had almost no connection whatsoever with other bands of the progressive genre, though in France it would prove to be a big inspiration for other Fusion bands.
It is often though that the modern classical music of Carl Orff must have been a big influence to MAGMA. Vander himself has claimed on several occasions that his main influence was the jazz saxophone player John Coltrane. Legend goes that MAGMA was formed after a vision that was revealed in a dream of Christian Vander about a spiritual and ecological future for mankind.
This vision would influence the three different multi-part saga’s, namely the Kobaïan saga (the eponymous debut and 1001 Centigrates), the Köhntarkösz triology (Kohntarkosz Anteria or K.A., Köhntarkösz and Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré) and the Theusz Hamtaahk triology (Theusz Hamtaahk, Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh or M.D.K and Wurdah Ïtah). The third studio-album of MAGMA, M.D.K., is often seen as the genre defining album