Christian Vander (musician)

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Christian Vander
Christian Vander at the Roadburn Festival 2017
Christian Vander at the Roadburn Festival 2017
Background information
Birth nameChristian Vander
Born (1948-02-21) 21 February 1948 (age 74)
Nogent-sur-Marne, Val-de-Marne, France
GenresProgressive rock (zeuhl)
  • Drums
  • vocals
  • piano

Christian Vander (born 21 February 1948) is a French drummer, musician, and founder of the band Magma.


Vander is known for his extended compositions, drumming, and shrill falsetto improvisational/scat singing. His music fuses jazz, rock, classical and operatic influences, and draws on the work of musicians as diverse as John Coltrane and Carl Orff.[1]


Christian Vander is the adopted child of famous French jazz piano player Maurice Vander (who was a long time sideman of the French singer Claude Nougaro). Most of Vander and Magma's recorded work is still available through Vander's own record label, Seventh Records.

He was married to singer Stella Vander who released many EPs herself in the 1960s and has performed vocal duties for Magma since 1972.[1] They divorced in the 1980s, with speculations of this occurred in the hiatus years. Christian and Stella have a daughter, Julie, who has appeared on several Magma and Offering releases.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Speaking In Tongues: Magma Interviewed By Musicians". The Quietus, 9 October 2019. Retrieved 30 May 201
  2. ^ Julie Vander discography at Discogs

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