Sixth & I – Sanctuary
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Minna Choi’s music inhabits an alternative universe, a place where sound is unfettered by limiting categories, free to drift between rock, pop, classical, electronic and ambient music. The sensibility she brings to the songs she composed for her eponymous debut album, Magik*Magik, was honed by her work as the Music Director of Magik*Magik Orchestra, a group she started while attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2008. When she told fellow students about the session work she’d been doing at recording studios in New York City, they got excited about doing studio work themselves, so Choi put together a string orchestra that would work with people outside of the classical sphere.
Shortly after they got together, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood hired the orchestra to support a performance of his classical piece, “Popcorn Superhet Receiver.” Since then, they’ve recorded with hundreds of artists, toured with Pop-Up Magazine, contributed music to video games (Iron Man 2) and film scores (Looper, The Dam Keeper), written and performed string charts for Death Cab for Cutie’s Codes and Keys album and backed the band on stage. Impressed by her string arrangements, Death Cab’s founder, Chris Walla, encouraged Choi to start writing songs and offered to release an album of her music on his new label, Trans- Records.
Choi’s album features live bass (Jason Muscat) and drums (James McAlister from Sufjan Stevens’ band), Choi’s vocals, and the string and horn arrangements she wrote, played by her colleagues from the Magik*Magik Orchestra.
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