Yesterday, something called The Dodos and Magik Magik Orchestra Collaborative Performance was added to 2010 bill for the San Francisco based music festival Noise Pop. Of course, while we were familiar with the San Fran indie outfit The Dodos, we had never heard of such a collaboration before and a quick Google search led to no explanation.
Fortunately, an email has since arrived in our inbox explaining the whole thing, and boy does it sound cool. Basically, the Magik Magik Orchestra is an outfit that seeks to “simplify the collaborative process between independent rock musicians and classical artists.” What’s more, they are also the official studio orchestra of San Francisco’s Tiny Telephone recording studios, which was founded in 1997 by Dead Oceans artist John Vanderslice.
Anyhow, this forthcoming Noise Pop will mark the orchestra’s first appearance at the festival, and to make the most of it, founder Minna Choi composed 10 arrangements of Dodos songs, all which feature the band and various members of the orchestra. “Some songs will sound quite different from the original. I’m aiming to have at least one song from every Dodos record to date including Meric’s solo EP,” Choi explains.
During the festival, The Dodos will team up with Choi, her orchestra, and a few others to perform the music for a special one-off concert. “We will be a 26 piece formation for this show including a small women’s choir, strings, winds, brass and lots of percussion as that seems appropriate for the Dodos sound.” To quote The Dodos’ 2006 debut, that’s a whole lot of horny hippies.