MAGMA is a progressive group led by drummer/composer/vocalist Christian VANDER that has been active in the 'classic period' and in the 21th century.
The music of MAGMA is often categorized as 'Zeuhl' (which means 'celestical' of 'heavenly' in Kobaan, MAGMA's own language).
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 and Zeuhl bands.
It is often though that the modern classical music of Carl ORFF (for instance Carmina Burana) 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, and listening to COLTRANE's version of 'My favorite things' we do find a hint to what was to become the Zeuhl genre. K., is often seen as the genre defining Zeuhl album, whereas the first two MAGMA albums have stronger jazzrock/fusion leanings and less Orffian choir arrangements.
The Kobaans decide, after some discussion, to send a small party to accompany the earthlings back home.
The second MAGMA album, '1001 Centigrades', was released in 1971 and showed the band becoming more professional and tight.In the meanwhile the compositional skills of VANDER had grown, which resulted in the first lengthy MAGMA piece 'Rah Sahltaahk ', which can be seen a step toward what would become the Zeuhl genre.On the second side the music has a strong jazz-rock/fusion feel, whilst keeping faithful to the avant-prog sound of the debut album. K.' Christian VANDER's wife, Stella VANDER, would make her entry and would from then on be an important member of the band.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. Being heavily disturbed by his vision, classically trained drummer and composer Christian VANDER formed the first version of MAGMA in 1969 in Paris as a means to give musical expression to his fears for humanity.This vision would influence the three different multi-part saga's, namely the Kobaan saga (debut and 1001 Centigrates), the Khntarksz triology (Kohntarkosz Anteria or K. With a small list of fusion and rhythm and blues musicians, among them some wind-players and one of MAGMA's mai...A., Khntarksz and mhnthtt-R) and the Theusz Hamtaahk triology (Theusz Hamtaahk, Mekank Destruktw Kommandh or M. MAGMA is a progressive group led by drummer/composer/vocalist Christian VANDER that has been active in the 'classic period' and in the 21th century.