Review + Photos: Magik*Magik at Swedish American Hall

Magik*Magik (photo: Ian Young) “It’s a miracle when you get to play with the same people for a long time, especially in San Francisco,” said Magik*Magik’s Minna Choi, onstage at the Swedish American Music Hall last Friday night. Surrounded by her orchestra and band, and cheered on by an audience of loving community, Choi continued: “We’re still fighting the good fight, and we’re sticking around.” In a weekend plagued by tragedy — Oakland’s fatal Ghost Ship fire occurred just a few minutes after Magik*Magik finished their set on Friday — Choi’s words became a comforting reminder of how deep the [...]

By |December 7, 2016|Tags: |

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Dec 2 – Dec 4

Magik*Magik plays tonight at Swedish American Music Hall with Frail Ophelias and Rose Droll. Friday, December 2 DonCat, We Arsons, Dogcatcher @ Milk Bar The two-night year-ender-bender in celebration of DonCat's LP release of Easy Cowboy starts tonight! Expect an all local crew of bands for this #EasyCowboy event. Sad13, Vagabon, Lisa Prank @ The Hemlock Tavern Sad13 is Sadie Dupuis' (frontwoman of Speedy Ortiz) entirely solo project. All production and composition is her own, and she lets things get weird (in a very good way) with the guitar effects. Also on the bill and worthy of a shout-out is [...]

Mixtape: Ten Standout Singers from the San Francisco Bay Area Download: Mixtape: Ten Standout Singers from the San Francisco Bay Area (Podcast #395) This podcast originally appeared on San Francisco's Minna Choi has been known to indie musicians and music fans as the leader of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, contributing orchestral accompaniments to live performances and albums by countless acclaimed artists over the years. More recently, though, Choi announced a solo project under the Magik*Magik moniker, and unveiled a stunning duet with How To Dress Well. "Laugh a Lot" reveals Choi as not just a gifted composer, arranger, and conductor, but also as an impressive vocalist. More broadly, the [...]

Magik*Magik premieres new work with us!

(photo: Manchul Kim) Crying never looked as beautiful and contagious as in the Magik*Magik music video for "Weep" — in which Bay Area orchestra conductor Minna Choi is so intimate with her band, she sets off an emotional chain reaction of tears. The song is about a close friend whose mother was sick. Choi composed the piece at a point in her life where she wanted to write about things other than romance and heartbreak. Instead, she searched for deeper themes like empathy and understanding. “All I knew, was that he was going through a painful experience and my job as a friend was just to [...]

By |October 14, 2016|Tags: |
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