It has been almost exactly a year since  Magma was last on the stage at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City.  People packed in on this rainy Friday night to catch the progressive rock group from France on their last American tour stop.

Helen Money opened for Magma and her performance was incredibly moving.  She plays the cello so powerfully. It makes me feel as if one minute she is so angry she wants to pummel it into the ground and the next minute she is slumped over it, as if all energy has been drained and she has been taken over by exhaustion.  We had a chance to catch up with her earlier in the week, check out the interview here.

Magma brought fans from everywhere to this show.  One gentleman traveled all the way from England to see the New York and Toronto shows.  I am sure others shared in his sentiment that they are worth the trip.

This was my first experience seeing them live and fragments of it felt very familiar.  If the music was pushed in a certain direction, I could feel a little bit of “Ars Moriendi” or “Chemical Marriage” by Mr. Bungle coming out.  They performed many older songs as requested by fans prior to their performance.  After some coaxing from the frenzied crowd they graciously returned for an encore of “Kobah” before saying their goodbye for the night.

Check out the photos below! (Click on image to open gallery)

Helen Money

-SKC Photo-

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