Who are Piano Magic?
Piano Magic is a group, based in London. There are 5 full-time members : Glen Johnson, Jerome Tcherneyan, Alasdair Steer, Franck Alba and Angèle David-Guillou. Glen and Alasdair are English. Jerome, Franck and Angèle are French.
How/when did the group start up?
This is pretty much covered in the BIOGRAPHY section but basically, Glen Johnson sent a demo of home recordings to i/Che Records in 1996, which resulted in the release of the group’s first record, “Wrong French.” Since then, the line-up of the group has metamorphosised frantically and they’ve released many records on many different labels, recorded a film soundtrack, played many concerts in many different countries.
Which label are Piano Magic signed to?
They’re not officially signed to any label, though their forthcoming records will be released through Second Language, a UK independent label founded and co-run by Glen Johnson. Piano Magic finance their own recordings. http://www.secondlanguagemusic.com
Weren’t the band once signed to 4AD?
Yes. The band recorded two records for 4AD – the soundtrack to Spanish director, Bigas Luna’s “Son De Mar” and the aforementioned “Writers Without Homes” album. The group and label parted ways in mutual agreement in 2003.
I’ve never heard Piano Magic. Which record should I start with?
That would depend on what kind of music you like. Piano Magic are a restless bunch and tend to leap, stylistically, from record to record. Arguably, the band’s most instantly accessible records are their most recent : ‘Ovations,’ ‘Part Monster’ and ‘Disaffected.’ Though if you like electronic music, you should probably try the “Opencast Heart EP” or their debut album, “Popular Mechanics.” If you prefer more melancholy guitar-based music, you should try the albums, “The Troubled Sleep Of Piano Magic” or “Artists’ Rifles.” The band’s more “experimental” fare can be found on the albums, “Low Birth Weight” and “Writers Without Homes.”
Who have Piano Magic collaborated with?
In the past, Piano Magic have collaborated with, amongst others : Dead Can Dance, ISAN, The Wisdom Of Harry, State River Widening, Ellis Island Sound, The Bitter Springs, Hefner, Vashti Bunyan, Low, Cornershop, Le Volume Courbe, John Grant, Life Without Buildings, Klima, Tarwater.
Who are Piano Magic influenced by?
Dead Can Dance, Joy Division, New Order, Disco Inferno, Felt, The Durutti Column, New Order, This Mortal Coil, The Cure, Cocteau Twins, Xymox, Dif Juz to name a few.
Who is Angèle David-Guillou?
Angèle regularly sings both on record and live with Piano Magic, though has her own solo project, Klima, as well as previously being part of the group, Ginger Ale. Her self-titled debut Klima album came out in 2007 on Peacefrog (UK). Her most recent album, ‘Serenades & Serinettes’ was released on Second Language in 2010.
Do Piano Magic play live?
Yes, though concerts are invariably consigned to short European tours or special one off performances. You can find out exactly where and when the group have played in the CONCERTS section. Future concerts are regularly added to the NEWS section.
Where can I write to Piano Magic? How do I book Piano Magic? Can my group support Piano Magic? Can I play with Piano Magic? Can I send my demo/record/film to Piano Magic? Who manages Piano Magic?
In Spain, Piano Magic’s booking agent is Mercury Wheels : firstname.lastname@example.org
In Italy, their booking agent is Grinding Halt : email@example.com
For everywhere else, contact the group directly : firstname.lastname@example.org
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Where can I buy Piano Magic records?
You can find the more recent Piano Magic titles in all good record stores. Otherwise, try a reputable mail order outlet like Norman Records (UK) : www.normanrecords.com or Darla (US) : www.darla.com or the Rough Trade Shops service (UK) : www.roughtrade.com
What’s the rarest Piano Magic record?
That would be a limited edition 12″ acetate of the ‘Dark Horses’ which was auctioned on Ebay in October 2008. Only one copy was ever made and it was sold for £470.
Do members of Piano Magic make music elsewhere?
Yes. Glen Johnson has released a solo album, ‘Details Not Recorded’ (Make Mine Music, 2009) and a 5 track cassette, ‘Institutionalized EP’ (Secret Furry Hole, 2009). His solo electronica project, Textile Ranch, has released 3 singles and an album, “Bird Heart In Wool” (Very Friendly, 2004). Find out more at www.myspace.com/textileranch
Johnson and Cedric Pin have an electropop project called Future Conditional and released their debut album, ‘We Don’t Just Disappear’ in 2007 (www.myspace.com/futureconditional)
Jerome Tcherneyan and Franck Alba are both working on solo material.
Where do I find out more about Piano Magic?
News about Piano Magic is regularly added to their Facebook page : www.facebook.com/PianoMagic