Founded and organized by composer Minna Choi, M*MO debuted at Herbst Theater in 2008 performing Jonny Greenwood’s Popcorn Superhet Receiver to critical acclaim and a sold out house.
Since then, M*MO has collaborated with over 150 artists and cultural institutions on an international level almost entirely by word of mouth. Ranging in size from a single violinist to a 80-piece orchestra and choir, M*MO has cast orchestral players and arrangers into hundreds of creative endeavors, including a 5-week North American tour and with Death Cab for Cutie; live performances with Chicago, Sting, Thao, Nick Cave, Third Eye Blind and Weezer; recording the score for the major motion pictures Looper, Kill the Messenger and Young Ones; summer camps for more than 700 Children at the Stern Grove Festival; an original children’s book soundtrack for McSweeney’s; numerous recordings with The Dodos, John Vanderslice, and composer Nathaniel Stookey; several sold-out shows with The Walkmen and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers; and numerous others. M*MO has performed at the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco, accompanied performances by the ODC/Dance Company alongside cellist Zoë Keating, and performed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of an exhibition on Italian Futurists. In 2014, M*MO celebrated its 5 year anniversary with a 10 band collaborative bill at The Fox Theater.
Our players are selected for projects based on their technical ability, professionalism, coachability, and their innate understanding of pop music. Their well-rounded musicality make the Magik*Magik Orchestra the favorite of producers including John Congleton and Chris Walla, amongst many others. The players in the Magik*Magik Orchestra perform frequently with the Bay Area’s top orchestras and are graduates of respected musical institutions including the San Francisco Conservatory, the Juilliard School, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music.