French Prog Rock Band Magma Returns With "Slag Tanz"
In January 2015, Jazz Village follows up its October release of French progressive rock group Magma's Rïah Sahïltaahk, (reconstructed from the original album 1001° Centigrade by the group's founder Christian Vander), with a new Magma disc, Slag Tanz. The new release is a symphonic metal score that was previously only heard in performance, never recorded!
It was in 1970 that the musically unclassifiable, resolutely odd group broke out onto the French music scene, its audience drawn from the local youths of the arts centers and alternative venues. Combining the energy of rock and the ecstasy of jazz, as well as numerous classical influences from Béla Bartók to Carl Orff to the Viennese school, the eight founding musicians of Magma had all the talent required to bring this unique and visionary music to life. Either already accomplished or promising soloists, such as the pianist François “Faton” Cahen, the guitarist Claude Engel, the saxophonist Teddy Lasry and the extraordinary singer Klaus Blasquiz, they succeeded in forming an impressive collective. So common was it for Magma musicians to subsequently launch their careers as sidemen or soloists that people sometimes refer to the Magma school of music.
As Christian Vander says, “Magma had to be created, if not by me, then by someone else.” The current line-up of Magma is on tour now in Europe with upcoming dates in South America, Japan and North America.