Magma announces North American Spring Tour 2016

Magma North American Spring Tour 2016 poster
Paris, France - 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 is 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 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!

Magma US tour dates 2016 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 at Great American Music Hall
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

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