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French Music Legends Magma Release Rare 1973 Mostly Acoustic Version of “MEKANIK KOMMANDOH” with Orchestra Choir!

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French Music Legends Magma Release Rare 1973 Mostly Acoustic Version of “MEKANIK KOMMANDOH” with Orchestra Choir!

REMASTERED VERSION – NEW COVER – DIGIFILE PACKAGING

Paris – From the very first short version recorded in the summer of 1971 on the compilation album “PUISSANCE 13 + 2” to the spring 1973 version on the eponymous album, “MEKANIK DESTRUKTIW KOMMANDOH” slowly evolved over time. “MEKANIK KOMMANDOH” is the last stage before the definitive version. Recorded in January 1973, it mirrors a concert Magma put on two months earlier at the Sigma Festival in Bordeaux. In this largely acoustic rendition, the STORCHHAUS orchestra choir magnificently complements Stella’s and Klaus’s voices.

“MEKANIK KOMMANDOH” is now remastered and features a new cover in a digipack.

Featuring:
Klaus BLASQUIZ – chant, percussions
Stella VANDER – choeurs
CHOEURS DE LA STORCHHAUS
René GARBER “STUNDEHR” – clarinette basse, chant
Jean-Luc MANDERLIER – claviers
Jean-pierre LEMBERT – basse
Christian VANDER – batterie, chant, orgue, percussions

To purchase MEKANIK DESTRUKTIW KOMMANDOH: http://www.seventhrecords.com/en/magma-19/magma-mekanik-kommandoh-1266.html

In other news:
Just released! “To Life, Death and Beyond: the Music of Magma” is a feature film that explores one of the most visionary and innovative music of the last 50 years, Magma. It takes the audience on a journey through several countries where the band has been filmed, fascinating interviews with fans and musicians, including Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Trey Gunn (King Crimson). The film also includes an in-depth interview of the leader of the band, Christian Vander, and various musicians who were part of this extraordinary adventure over a period of more than 45 years.

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/V80oFyeJh1g

For more information: http://www.themusicofmagma.com, Facebook.com/themusicofmagma

Magma’s official website: http://www.magmamusic.org

Magma press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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New Documentary on French Music Legends Magma “To Life, Death and Beyond: the Music of Magma”

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New Documentary on French Music Legends Magma “To Life, Death and Beyond: the Music of Magma”

A passionate and moving tribute to Magma, one of the greatest bands that ever existed!

“To Life, Death and Beyond: the Music of Magma” is a feature film that explores one of the most visionary and innovative music of the last 50 years, Magma. It takes the audience on a journey through several countries where the band has been filmed, fascinating interviews with fans and musicians, including Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Trey Gunn (King Crimson). The film also includes an in-depth interview of the leader of the band, Christian Vander, and various musicians who were part of this extraordinary adventure over a period of more than 45 years.

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/V80oFyeJh1g

The film is packed with archival footage and an amazingly beautiful soundtrack is always flowing underneath. It is articulated around 6 chapters, taking the viewers on a journey through Christian Vander’s childhood, his discovery of John Coltrane who became his mentor, the birth of Magma and the different periods of the band. It also covers Christian’s unique approach and philosophy on music and life along with a tribute to the band’s be album, “Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh.” It ends on an inspiring and moving section where fans from various countries share the impact that the music has had on their life.

Written & Directed by Laurent Goldstein, the film was created to be seen and enjoyed by both fans of Magma and people who do not know this music. Christian Vander’s story packs an emotional wallop and is a tremendous source of inspiration for anybody who has a passion in life and wants to realize their dream.

“To Life, Death and Beyond: the Music of Magma” will premiere in Toronto at the Royal cinema on August 20th at 2:00 PM. Magma will be perfoming live at the Mod Club Theatre in Toronto that evening. The film will premiere in Montreal at the Casa Del Popolo on Aug. 22nd at 6:30 PM. Magma will perform two shows in Montreal on August 21 & 22 at the La Sala Rossa. Both film screening events will cost $10. Please note that to attend the concerts seperate tickets will need to be purchased.

Laurent Goldstein produced his first feature-length documentary, “Your Second Fifty” a motivational piece that demonstrates that in spite of prejudices and popular beliefs, there is a life after 50, and it can be amazing! The film was shot over an 18-month period, in 6 countries on 3 continents, and showcases 40 fascinating characters. It has been shown in motivational seminars throughout North America since 2015.

In 2016, he produced – partly thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign – his second feature-length documentary: “To Life, Death and Beyond: the Music of Magma,” a tribute to the cult French progressive rock band.

For more information: http://www.themusicofmagma.com, Facebook.com/themusicofmagma

Magma’s official website: http://www.magmamusic.org

Magma press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


French Music Legends Magma’s Critically Acclaimed 1975 “Magma Live” Album Remastered With Bonus Tracks

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French Music Legends Magma’s Critically Acclaimed 1975 “Magma Live” Album Remastered With Bonus Tracks

Remastered 2-CD In DigiPack – contains Booklet with text & lyrics – original recordings & bonus tracks

Paris – Much to the excitement of Magma fans worldwide, the band’s critically acclaimed 1975 live album “Magma Live” has been remastered and contains two bonus tracks not on the original release! After the departure in autumn 1974 of Jannick Top and most of the other members of the band, Magma rose phoenix-like from the ashes with a new hot line-up, which saw the musical opportunity lying before it. After long rehearsals Christian Vander realized that he had yet another exceptional group and the decision was taken to records the first Magma live album. The recording, made in June 1975 at the Taverne de l’Olympia, perfectly demonstrates the incredible impact made by Magma. Absolutely dedicated to the music of Christian Vander, who by that time had reached the summit of his art, the band plays as if they were one man and sweeps all before it in its triumphant passage.

Whether it was a new arrangement of any old pieces (KOHNTARK, KOBAH, MEKANIK), or a previously unheard piece (HHAI, LIHNS), the sound of Magma has never been heard more powerfully as on this incredible recording. Although it remains difficult to point any one performance as being outstanding, it would never-the-less be difficult not to react to the mind-blowing performance by Didier Lockwood, whose violin playing contributes so greatly to the profound originality of this magnificent double album!

ZUND 1:
1 – KOHNTARK part 1 (original mix 1975)
2 – KOHNTARK part 2 (original mix 1975)
3 – EMEHNTEHTT-RE announcement (alternative mix 1989)**

ZUND 2:
1 – HHAI (original mix 1975)
2 – KOBAH (original mix 1975)
3 – LIHNS (original mix 1975)
4 – DA ZEUHL WORTZ MEKANIK (alternative mix 1989)**
5 – MEKANIK ZAIN (original mix 1975)

Christian VANDER – drums, vocal
Klaus BLASQUIZ – vocal
Stella VANDER – vocal
Bernard PAGANOTTI – bass
Gabriel FEDEROW – guitar
Didier LOCKWOOD – violin
Benoit WIDEMANN – keyboards
Jean-Pol ASSELINE – keyboards

Recorded live between June 1st and June 5th 1975 at la TAVERNE DE L’OLYMPIA by Frank OWENS. Mixed by Georges CHKIANZ at studio le Chateau except **Mixé au studio UNIWERIA ZEKT par Francis LINON et Christian VANDER. Mastering Southeastern lab, Fierce mountain, NC

To purchase: http://www.seventhrecords.com/en/magma-19/magma-live-remastered-new-presentation-64.html

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


French Music Legends Magma Release Remastered “Wurdah Ïtah” Featuring Unreleased Material!

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French Music Legends Magma Release Remastered “Wurdah Ïtah” Featuring Unreleased Material!

Featuring 25 minutes of previously unreleased material!

Paris, France – French music legends Magma have released a new remastered version of their critically acclaimed 1974 album “Wurdah Ïtah” on CD! The release includes for the first time, “Wurdah Ïtah Prima Materia,” the Original Demo used for the soundtrack to the film “Tristan & Iseult.”

“Winter 1971. Between two series of concerts, we are pacing in circles like caged animals. Georgio Gomelsky senses the tension in the air and decides to book the little Chappell studio for us for a few days in order to release our pent-up energy. On 3 January 1972, Klaus Blasquiz, Jean-Pierre Lembert, René ‘Stundëhr’ Garber and I enter the studio. Despite the many imperfections of this recording, it remains an essential document to understand the origin of ‘Wurdah Ïtah’ and to feel our frenzy at the time.” – Christian Vander 1974

“Wurdah Ïtah” was recorded in April 1974, just one month before the sessions which produced “Kohntarkosz.” It forms the second movement of “Theusz Hamtaahk,” an epic work in three movements of which “Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh,” recorded a year earlier by Magma, forms the final part. Performed by the core players in Magma at that time – Christian Vander (piano, drums, vocals), Jannick Top (bass), Klaus Blasquiz (vocals, percussion) and Stella Vander (vocals) – “Wurdah Ïtah” is music stripped down to its bare essence. Although a total contrast to the splendour and orchestral power of “M.D.K.,” it nevertheless has just as great rhythmic power and surprising vocal lyricism, unquestionably marked by the claws of Magma!

Recorded and mixed April 4th, 5th& 8th 1974 at Studio de Milan (Paris) by Jean-Pierre Bameulle

New booklet – Lyrics included!

To purchase: http://www.seventhrecords.com/en/magma-19/wurdah-itah-remastered-25-mn-unpreviously-1263.html

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


French Music Legends Magma To Release EMEHNTEHTT-RÉ TRILOGIE Live DVD!

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French Music Legends Magma To Release EMEHNTEHTT-RÉ TRILOGIE Live DVD!

Performed in full for the very first time!

Paris, France – French music legends Magma will be releasing EMEHNTEHTT-RÉ TRILOGIE Live DVD in January 2017! The concerts were recorded live at Le Triton in November 2014 and feature the EMEHNTEHTT-RÉ TRILOGIE performed in full for the very first time!

Initiated in 1973, its composition beholds its whole fulfillment after more than four decades. It is the testimony of an unwaveringly timeless inspiration, of which the expectant present asserts itself beyond history. Connecting wide and contrasted scenes, it sets its coherence within its very dynamics, playing with chiaroscuro, between choral splendor, operatic jubilation and hurricane of spirits beyond graves. The different parts formerly scattered around are finally gathered in all their glory, finding their proper place in the grand scale of a now complete work, topped off with the bright blaze of a Grand Finale.

The two-disc DVD set features THE CROSSROADS OF TIMES, 115 minutes of conversations with Christian Vander on composing each movement of the trilogy (with English subtitles). Through a process of digging, expanding, anchoring and changing directions, his unique approach continues to propel Magma’s music forward.

To purchase EMEHNTEHTT-RÉ TRILOGIE DVD: http://www.seventhrecords.com/en/video-dvd-38/emehntehtt-re-trilogy-1260.html

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Christian Vander’s Offering ‘Concert Triton 2013’ 2-CD/DVD Set Now Available!

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Christian Vander’s Offering ‘Concert Triton 2013’ 2-CD/DVD Set Now Available!

Paris, France – Much to the excitement of Christian Vander and Magma fans worldwide, Seventh Records is releasing Offering ‘Concert Triton 2013’ 2-CD/DVD! In 1983, motivated by the strong artistic impulse to return to his “Coltrane” roots, with a sound that’s more flexible than MAGMA, Christian Vander created “Offering”; a new ensemble that focused on vocals, keyboards and percussion. More experimental, leaving a great part to improvisation, this group allowed musicians to explore new musical avenues.

Offering has remained out of the sight and hearing of the younger generations for the past 30 years. In order that they benefit, too, this wonderful “gift” that was “Offering”, Christian Vander and his musicians decided to celebrate this anniversary musically with candles glowing and a flame burning as bright as the first day. This initiative will delight all fans regardless of their ages…Galaxy Magma!

To purchase Offering’s ‘Concert Triton 2013’ 2-CD/DVD :
http://v2.seventhrecords.com/offering-20/dvd-2cd-offering-concert-triton-2013-1135.html

For more information: http://v2.seventhrecords.com/en/
http://www.myspace.com/magmaofficial
seventh@seventhrecords.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-815 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Magma Legend Christian Vander To Release Tribute To John Coltrane

10/10/2011 – Paris, France – Music visionary and Magma legend Christian Vander will be releasing a tribute to jazz innovator John Coltrane on October 15, 2011 – l’homme suprême .

“On July 17, 1967, time stopped. The great saxophone player John Coltrane left us. I was lucky enough to discover, at a very young age, an exceptional musician. The beauty, the spirituality, the strength, the softness, as well as the fragility of notes. The expression of that sound which spoke to me like a voice. From that moment on, he became my daily bread. Indispensable. No one can ignore the immensity of his visionary works. It still resonates in all of today’s musical productions, and certainly in those of tomorrow.

In 1997, I had a dream, a record, dedicated to John Coltrane. A child painted the sun on a white cardboard, and below that sun, he wrote a title in blue… John Coltrane l’homme suprême.”

Christian Vander

This CD was recorded in 2011, day after day, between July 17, the date in which John Coltrane departed, and July 21, the day on which his funeral was held. On each day, an offering, a musical, poetic gift, for him, was created in real time. On the 21st at midnight, the record was completed.

Featuring: Christian Vander, Stella Vander, Simon Goubert, Pierre-Michel Sivadier, Frederic d’Oeslnitz, Phillippe Dardelle, Isabelle Feuillebois, Herve Aknin, Marcus Linon, Sylvie Fisichella, Sandrine Destefanis, Julien Tessier

“For my work, it is still Coltrane who actually gives me the real material to work on, to be able to move on.” Christian Vander

Available October 15, 2011 – CD in DIGIPACK + 24 page booklet
http://v2.seventhrecords.com/en/christian-vander-21/john-coltrane-l-homme-supreme-1101.html
Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@cs.com