Founded and directed by composer Minna Choi, Magik*Magik Orchestra is an orchestra from San Francisco. From 2008 - 2015, Magik*Magik focused on musical collaborations with outside artists, such as Death Cab for Cutie, The Dodos, John Vanderslice, Explosions in the Sky, The Walkmen, How to Dress Well, Son Lux, Gem Club, Christina Vantzou, and Weezer, among others. As the group's music director, Choi has composed string arrangements for over 100 bands on 600+ songs over the past 7 years.
In 2014, Death Cab For Cutie guitarist/producer Chris Walla encouraged her to try writing original songs. His belief in Choi was so unwavering he offered her a record deal on his label, TRANS-, with the promise to release whatever she wrote. The resulting record features drummer James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens), violinist Rob Moose (Bon Iver/YMusic), bassist Jason Muscat, & guitarist Matthew Heulitt alongside 15 of Magik*Magik Orchestra's most accomplished orchestral session musicians and is a loose homage to Choi's musical inspirations including Bjork, St. Vincent, Robyn, The National, Janelle Monae, Son Lux, and How to Dress Well, whose Tom Krell lends his voice to the duet "We Laugh A Lot."