From the latest SF Weekly:
Magik*Magik Turns Five: Conceived as a loose group of classical players available to record with bands who don't normally think beyond the guitar/drum/bass set-up, Magik*Magik has grown into a professional quality orchestral appendage available to anyone who can pay its relatively modest fees. In the five years since Choi founded it, Magik*Magik has performed at dozens of concerts, on a national tour with Death Cab for Cutie, on the score of the film Looper, at weddings, children's birthday parties, and on countless recording sessions in groups as small as one and as large as 70.
It is, as Choi imagined while a master's student in composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, an orchestra that comes made-to-order. It is also a living advertisement for the power of traditional instrumentation. In a world where classical music is routinely dismissed as dead or dying, Magik*Magik is a reminder of the unique tones and dynamics that cellos, violins, oboes, French horns, and other classical instruments can lend that others simply can't. [continue reading]