Magenta: With live actors and theatrical props…..

Magenta – Angles And Damed: 20th Anniversary Show

In May 2019 Magenta celebrated their 20th anniversary by performing to a sold-out audience at the Arlington Arts Centre in Newbury, England. The band was able to take full advantage of the state-of-the-art concert facility and with the addition of specially created projections, live actors and theatrical props. It was an evening that everyone in attendance will never forget.

The performance featured songs from all seven of Magenta’s studio albums including favorites The White Witch, Red, Gluttony and a 48-minute section of the 2006 album Home. The band was augmented by flute, oboe and orchestral percussion, along with guest appearances by Peter Jones (Tiger Moth Tales / Camel) and David Longdon from Big Big Train, who performed Steve Hackett’s Spectral Morning’.

Rob Reed reflects on 20 years of the band:

«I can’t believe it has been 20 years since the beginning of Magenta. Back in 1999 I was in the process of making the fourth Cyan album and Christina Booth and I had just called it quits with our pop outfit Trippa. I just tried a section of the new Cyan material with her singing and I knew instantly we had something special and that it had to be a new band; Magenta and the album ‘Revolutions’ were born. The rest, as they say, is history». Christina Booth:

«20 years have passed since Rob Reed asked me if I’d like to get involved in a ‘studio’ project called Magenta and record an album that ended up being ‘Revolutions’. Little did I know that more than 20 years later I would still be fronting Magenta and looking back on what has been an amazing part of my life. The Newbury gig nearly didn’t happen when I came down with a chest infection but luckily it went ahead and here it is, so I hope you enjoy it. We give our all when we perform live and I’m privileged to work with such talented musicians who are also very good friends».

Guitarist Chris Fry:

«The music has taken us on many journeys around the globe and without it there are experiences that would never have happened. For this, I will always be grateful. We have used various concepts; acoustic renditions, reworking’s and additional orchestrations, which have always been a joy to be part of and make up a Magenta gig and the 20th anniversary show was an opportunity to bring all those ideas to one concert and lots more. Thanks as always to all the fans who have always been amazing and part of Magenta for the past 20 years! It’s always a blast! ».

This release consists of two DVDs and two CDs featuring the 140-minute concert in its entirety. Angles and Damned will be released by Tigermoth Records on May 28th 2021.


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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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