Saturday, December 19, 2009

Photos from Oslo

A few photos of Magma in Oslo on December 12, 2009 can be found here.

Other than that, not much information has come out of Norway about this concert. I heard that the audience had to stand throughout the concert, and that they played their standard set (Kobaia instead of Le Gospel as the encore).

Can some kind Osloian write a brief review for this blog?


  1. This is what I wrote over at Progressive Ears:

    They played

    "Slag Tanz" (Untitled according to Stella),
    Felicite Thosz,
    Ëmëhntëhtt-Re and closed with a very intense Kobaïa.

    By the time of the encore I was totally exhausted, being slightly cold and having walked all day plus the show not being seated. But mostly because of the total intensity of the performance. They really did give their all, it seemed. Out of my now four Magma shows, this has to be my favourite yet. Awesome. Audience was absolutely enthusiastic. Christian was very positive, more so than I've ever seen him; smiling, shaking audience members' hands. His drumming was far more precise and fitting than at the RIO festival in Carmaux, and generally I thought they were tighter.
    Some new compositional elements in both "Slag Tanz" and Felicite Thosz. "Tanz" transitions into major chords a few times -- not sure how I fel about that. Felicite Thosz however has really matured on me, and I really like it now.
    Fortunately no "Le Gospel". Phew. I know at least two other PE members were there, maybe they can chime in...

  2. Yes, I have to agree with Peppo, it was a brilliant concert in Oslo! Slag Tanz really hit the audience in the stomach, a fantastic dark piece of music which set the premises for the rest of the evening. They delivered some spectacular energy and rejoicing through the music, it was almost like a perfect magical ritual! In Felicite Thosz Bruno Ruder played a nice solo on the Rhodes, and on the Hhai-part of Ë-Rë he had a really crazy solo! Benoit was also in good mood, dancing with the vibraphone, and Vander smiled the whole evening. Of course Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré was played so beautifully and intense that it almost blew my mind, and Kobaia was glorious and frantically! When the band members was introduced we got to know that Stella had her birthday this day, so the audience tried to sing Happy Birthday, but that didn’t work very well and Bussonnet had to stop us by hammering on his bass, haha. And when the concert was over and there were no more songs to be played, Christian had a small step-dance to everyone’s delight! I don’t think it can get any better, a perfect concert!

  3. Here are some more photos from the show, taken by a friend of mine: