Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Magma - A Tribute To John Coltrane

Christian Vander will turn 60 at the end of this month. Magma will turn 40 next year. Three shows will celebrate this event in the Casino de Paris in February 2009. No doubt it will be sold out. Sold out, like last Monday’s performance of Christian Vander and his friends at the Cité de la Musique (1 400 +).
Magma? What is Magma? Who is Magma? You remember, two years ago, I briefly introduced to you this one and only incredible band in a short
post… Christian Vander (drummer/composer/singer) is the charismatic leader of this unique musical progressive rock band and the creator of an original music universe called Kobaïa. Mostly inspired by the music of John Coltrane, Stockhausen, Carl Orff and Chet Baker, even Frank Zappa – among others – Christian Vander built an amazing and imaginative music that has never been equalled since 40 years.

To come back to Magma's show, last Monday, the first part introduced a new symphonic rock creation from Magma called Ëmehntëht-Rê which will be released in CD pretty soon. The second part was mostly a tribute to John Coltrane’s music. The encore showed Christian Vander, alone, leaving his drums behind, offering himself in an unbelievable a’cappela singing that amazed all the audience.
Still alive, strong and in a great shape after so many years, Mister Christian Vander, happy many returns!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Leaky Sparrow,
I think we met at Jeffrey Foaucault's show.
Do you know my brother "Maitre Chronique" is more than a fan of Magma (an of Coltrane's too!). He's the webmaster of Magma's website and a good friend of Stella. You can find him through the link "Brother too" (and Flying Stimulo Brother) on my blog.

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Blogger Maître Chronique said...

Hi ! Thank you for this text about Magma. As my brother Quiet Man just told you, I'm a good friend of Stella and I help her in the making of her two websites ( &
I'll be back soon to read your blog.
Thanks again, best regards

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first time today on Hypem and typed in Magma.I first discovered them in Royan north of Bordeaux where I was learning French and in a local group in 1974. The band's lorry had a problem and had broken down so we lent them our home-made lights which during their show blew one by one apart from the one on Christian. People thought it was 'fait express' but it was a coincidence. I felt the music was too aggressive and violent and now 34 years later Magma are one of very few artists I always enjoy.Please continue!

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Blogger Woody Blockhead said...

Nice article. This group, Magma, and its brilliant leader, Christian Vander, deserve much more recognition in the United States than they currently receive. The fusion of prog rock, jazz and modern classical this music presents is wholly unique in its blend. And while those who have "heard of" (rather than heard) Magma tend to think them some spacey bunch who chanted martial anthems in their own language just to be odd, in fact, Magma's music and lyrics are deeply spiritual and uniquely inspired. There is simply no other group like them (despite multiple offshoots and copyists), with such power and magic. It's simply astounding that they are not better known and recognized.

But good coverage like this works to change that.

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