Tonight, June 17th, we hope you’ll join us at Herbst Theatre (8pm, $20) for a special one-time-only performance of White Wilderness by John Vanderslice and The Magik*Magik Orchestra. The show will be preceded by a pre-performance talk between John and Minna Choi of Magik*Magik, and will be followed by a “Musical Petting Zoo,” where attendees can check out some of the orchestra’s classical instruments.
The Bay Bridged: How did John Vanderslice approach you about working on White Wilderness?
Minna Choi: One of the first things I did after forming Magik was contact John about having Magik be the in-house orchestra at Tiny Telephone. That partnership eventually brought about our first joint show in 2009 at the Great American Music Hall, to celebrate Tiny’s 10th Anniversary. Soon after that show, JV approached me saying that he had so much fun with the live show that he wanted to do it again on his next record. It was a true honor to be pulled into the project and Magik and I are both really lucky to have scored such a great project for our first collaborative record.
How involved were you in the creation of the album? Did JV bring you completed songs, or did the songs change over the course of your collaboration?
JV sent me a combination of home demos of just him playing a guitar and singing, and some rehearsal recordings of him playing the songs with Jason Slota (drummer) and Max Stoffregen (piano). JV told me to take full creative control over the arrangements for the songs and write anything and everything I heard in my head that complimented his songs. Some songs were completely turned inside out and became almost unrecognizable from the original demos, but others are very recognizable and have a simple layer of strings added, or a few winds and background vocals. It all depends on