Mago de Oz

Mago de Oz is a Spanish group which ranks as one of the most successful folk rock bands worldwide with a multitude of songs and concerts behind them. We are facing one of the groups that has most marked us from very young.  And it is that from Celta Digital we have them on a pedestal by the magic that they transmit in many of their songs like Windmills and pagan Fiesta by combining the folk with the rock’n’roll with musicians of a sublime level.

Mago de Oz is a Spanish musical group of folk rock or folk metal that was founded in 1988 in Madrid by the Txus di Fellatio, who is his drummer. It is in the middle of the year 1988 by the Madrid district of Begoña when, Jesús María Hernández Gil “Txus de Felatio” begins to create its musical band. We have to say that Txus was active in the ranks of Real Madrid as a goalkeeper, but his great passion for music made him opt for this before football. At the beginning of the whole the name of the group was “Transylvania 666” in honor of the song “The Iron Maiden” of Iron Maiden, but the following year in 1989, it definitively adapts the name of Mago de Oz. We also have to say that the changes of formation in the group have been constant, being its founder Txus the only one that has been maintained since its beginnings. The first formation is composed by Txus di Felatio (drums and choruses), Juanma (voice and rhythmic guitar), Pedro (soloist guitar) and David (bass and choruses).

In 1989 was born his first model “and what gives”, a real piece of collector that all lovers of rock would want to have in his house, this model contains three themes and very soon begins to give concerts of these three themes and combining his studies with versions of other groups Like Tequila, asphalt. The first big concert comes in the parties of the Communist Party in Segovia, in which they share cartel with lust and Feudal lady. In that same year they joined the training Chema as guitar alone, Paco as rhythm guitar and Alfonso to keyboards. Soon a new bassist enters saves to replace David. Soon they recorded their second demo in Alcorcón (Madrid) which is named “Lullaby for a Bohemian”.

Mago de Oz very soon began to achieve some popularity and musical attraction by his fans because of his style different from the rest, mixing the hard rock and metal with Celtic music and folk, Celtic music being the style that has most predominated in the sound D And his songs from the beginning to the present.
Mago de Oz achieved success with the album “La Leyenda de La Mancha” released in 1998, and in that they jumped to the fame songs or Temazos like “windmills” or “Pagan Fiesta” (this last of its first double conceptual disc “Finisterra), songs that with the passage of the time They have become hymns to the present day, two of the most successful and fixed themes in the History of Mago de Oz.

In 1992 begin with the composition of what will be its third model, discovering other sounds more Celtic and folkies with the entry of the violin of Mohamed, who was a friend of years ago Txus. The contribution of Moha with his violin gives the group a plus that was the one that began to generate a certain popularity and capture of many fans and followers. This third model is composed of themes such as “Maruja”, “Rock & Rock”, “Gerúndula”, “for her”, “The Tango of a donor” and “do not be Pesá”.

In May 1992 he entered the group as a rhythmic guitarist Juan Carlos Marín “Carlitos”. During these years the group becomes one of the most important in Madrid due to a very powerful and catchy live that has characterized to the present.

The Music of Mago de Oz merging rock and heavy metal with Celtic and folk become the ideal symbiosis to forge a stamp of identity that will give from that moment an own style, original and with much acceptance on the part of an audience of diverse and Especially with concerts recorded live as Folktergeist.

At the end of 1992 they start with the recording of their fourth and last model with songs like “El Lago“, “Tesnucaré contra el Bidet”, “What the Wind was left”, “Baby”, “for you Affection”. We must emphasize that the theme “The lake” belonging to this fourth and last model has been and is one of the favorite themes for its thousands of fans from its birth to the activity. This topic is obligatory in all the setlist of the band concerts.
That same year they are finalists of the famous Rock contest “Villa de Madrid”.

In 1994 they published their debut album homonym “Mago de Oz” aided economically by the father of Txus. Starting this year they begin to make tours throughout Spain getting great recognition to public and media, which is worth the term “group revelation” and begin to increase their number of followers throughout the country.

Singer Mago de Oz: It is in this year when one of the most positive and important events for the band occurs: the arrival of the new singer Jose Andrea. With Jose Andrea as singer of Mägo and Frank as rhythmic guitar bring to light in 1996 his album Rock Opera “Jesus de Chamberí” under the label “Locomotive Music”. With the launch of Jesus Chamberí undertake a tour called “Via Crucis Tour” where you can see that the group is filling large enclosures.

In 1997 they take out a new album “La Bruja” remastering songs from their first album by G. Sider, which leads them to start a tour overflowing halls and festivals, highlighting the concert they did in the popular and Disappeared Hall chancellor of Madrid , room in which also became legendary the concert of Silversmith and you. From this moment the witch accompanies the Group as an icon of image and artistic.

In 1998, the album “La Leyenda de la Mancha“, based on “El Quijote” by Miguel de Cervantes, comes to light. This album achieves excellent sound quality, and espacializada critique positions it as the best studio album in the history of the group, with which they achieve the gold record. With this album starts the Tour “The Richal Tour” composed of 115 concerts in Spain highlighting in the Sala la Riviera or the Viñarock in 1999, all with an absolute full. At this moment the group is already destroying it.

In 1999 they perform at the festival “Eurometal 1999” held on the cover of Leganés, sharing poster with world class groups in the branch of heavy metal as “Gamma Ray”, “Angra”, Hammerfall “or” Stratovarius “.
In 1999 the DVD “Resacosix en Hispania” was published, in which large unpublished pieces were compiled that summarized 10 years of trajectory in more than an hour of images. In 1999 it is also reedited and remastered the group’s first debut album.

In the year 2000 arrives his first platinum album with his album “Finisterra”. This year also incorporated Fernando Ponce de León to the Flauras and Kiskilla to the keyboards, which generates an increase in sound quality. This work leads them to an extensive tour that they decide to capture in 2002 in a double CD recorded in Live “Folktergeist” next to a DVD “to Coast of rock’n’roll”. The live is recorded in the fiestas of El Pilar de Zaragoza for its tour “bucking Tour”. This direct has the longest-lasting training that remains intact has 2004.

We have to say that this training is the one that has given the most success to Mago de Oz and with which the fans have felt more identified:

José Andrea – singer
Txus di Fellatio – drums, choruses and composition
Carlitos – solo Guitar
Frank – rhythm guitar
Sergio Martínez – bass
Moha – violin
Fernando Ponce de León – flutes, Whistles
Kiskilla – keyboards and accordion

In 2003 comes to light his album “Gaia“, which in his tour has a much more elaborate and careful staging, which merges into an extra magic in their concerts.

In 2004 his recording work “Belfast” was born; In this same year it enters to the formation the magnificent Spanish guitarist Jorge Salán. At this time they sign up for the record label Warner Music, which launches two new recordings almost simultaneously. In 2005 comes to light the direct “Madrid sales” and “Gaia II, The Sleeping voice”. In this album you can see long-term cations with many collaborations such as Carlos Escobedo de sober, Leo Jiménez of Saratoga, Diana Navarro, Pepe Herrero de Stravaganza… getting a different musical style mixing the dark with the symphonic and Gothic. This change of style does not like many fans and the group is losing fans and receiving a multitude of criticism from fans and specialized press.

This fact contrasts with that “Gaia II, The sleeping voice” exceeds the sales record with 200,000 copies sold in Spain, the United States and Latin America. A few months later it re-edits a special edition of “Gaia II, the sleeping voice” including a DVD with the video clips of “The Posada of the Dead” and “Today it plays to be happy”, a making-off and filming of the recording of the disc and of the tour. In this tour is worth highlighting a spectacular live in the bullring of the sales of Madrid to overflow and with the same luxury guests who appear on the disc.

In 2006 comes to Light “The best oz“: a pack with 3 CDs + 1 DVD + libretto with more than 40 pages with some of his best cnaciones remastered and his first unpublished models. Patricia Tapia becomes part of the group giving an extra wealth to the voices and the choruses. In 2007 Room to light “the City of Trees” getting the gold record in just a few weeks. At that moment begins his tour “Borriquito as a tour” which takes them to countries as Italy or USA.

In 2008 they launch a new live album “Barakaldo DF” with several songs from the Bullring of Mexico City, an impressive live!

In 2010 comes to light “Gaia III Atlanticia“, which gets another gold record and leads them to make an extensive tour “Agaiaté that come Curves tour” by Spain and Latin America. Parallel to Gaia III, comes the album “Epilogue” composed of songs of the three “Gaias” but never to publish, as if they were the oddities of Gaia. This album leads them to perform the “Epilogue Laringólogo Tour”.

In 2011 comes to light the album “Love and Oz” that collects ballads of previous discs adding also new themes to a more intimate album. After this record of ballads in 2011, one of the saddest and most striking events of the History of Mago de Oz is produced: The exit of Jose Andrea of the group. And it is that, his bad relationship with Txus di Fellatio along with his desire to undertake a solo project make the Bolivian singer leave the band after 15 years, not without before doing an emotional tour of different countries and a last concert in the Sala la Riviera de M Adrid. Kiskilla and Peri decide to accompany José Andre in a new solo project “José Andrea y Uroboros”. They complete the group Javi Ten (Biosfear and former member of the band) and Fernando Mainer (Tako, Ankara, Ars Amandi).

After the departure of Jose Andrea as Singer of Mago de Oz, enters as singer and front man of the band Javier Domínguez “Zeta”. This change generates many criticisms among the fans, being a higher number those who are positioned in favor of Jose Andrea that of Zeta.
In 2012 they released the first album with Zeta “spells, potions and witchcraft” which leads to an extensive tour of Spain, USA and Latin America called “witchcraft, witchcraft so within the soul of mine Tour 2013.”
In this same year, the “Mago de Oz Fest” festival was created and organized by Mago to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band, which is celebrated in Spain and Colombia. Also this year is published “Celtic Land” a compilation with some of its best cacniones interpreted by different international artists.

In 2014 the group recorded “Ilussia“, with its single “Cadaveria” as a sign of identity, a theme from which they draw a video clip. In 2015, coinciding with the 15th birthday of the album “Finisterra”, Mago de Oz decided to rerecord it in studio with the current singer and with a more current sound and multiple collaborations of luxury, in a disc called “Finisterra Opera Rock”.

In 2016 comes to light “Diabulus in Opera“, live concert before more 18,000 souls with the Mexican Symphony Orchestra conducted in Mexico City.

On April 27, 2018 goes on sale Stay Oz: Until the body endures, a disc tribute to Mägo of Oz in which 24 bands and artists have participated, including names such as Avalanch, Saratoga, Leo Jiménez or sober.

 

Members

Txus di Fellatio: Drums (1988-present)
Carlos Prieto ‘Mohamed’: Violin (1993-present)
Juan Carlos Marín ‘Carlitos’: Guitar (1993-present)
Frank: Guitar (1995-present), main guitar (2012-present)
Patricia Tapia: Chorus, voice (2007-presente)
Josema Pizarro: Flute, whistle, Pito Castellano and bodhran. (2010-present)
Javi Díez: Keyboards, synthesizers, accordion, MorphWiz and extra rhythmic guitar. (2012-present)
Fernando Mainer: Bass guitar (2012-present)
Javier Domínguez “Zeta”: Voice, chorus (2012-present)
Diego Palacio: (supplementing Josema Pizarro during his tour at the Cirque du Soleil) (2016-present)

Mago de Oz Discography

Albums:
• 1994: Mägo de Oz
• 1996: Jesús de Chamberí
• 1998: La Leyenda de la Mancha
• 2000: Finisterra
• 2003: Gaia
• 2004: Belfast
• 2005: Gaia II: La Voz Dormida
• 2007: La Ciudad de los Árboles
• 2010: Gaia III: Atlantia
• 2010: Gaia: Epílogo
• 2012: Hechizos, Pócimas y Brujería
• 2014: Ilussia
• 2015: Finisterra Opera Rock

Álbumes en Directo
• 2002: Fölktergeist
• 2003: A Costa da Rock
• 2004: Madrid Las Ventas
• 2008: Barakaldo D.F.
• 2017: Diabulus in Opera

Álbumes Recopilatorios
• 2003: Grandes
• 2006: Rarezas
• 2006: Rock ‘N’ Oz
• 2006: The Best Oz
• 2006: Grandes Éxitos
• 2011: Love & Oz
• 2013: Celtic Land

Tributes:
• 2006: T’ voy a Esnucar
• 2018: ¡Stay Oz! (Hasta que el cuerpo aguante)

EP’s
• 1997: Mägo de Oz (La Bruja EP)
• 2016: Demos EP

DVD y VHS
• 1999: Resacosix en Hispania
• 2000: Finisterra DVD
• 2002: Fölktergeist
• 2003: A Costa da Rock
• 2005: Madrid Las Ventas
• 2005: Gaia II: La Voz Dormida (Edición especial)
• 2008: Barakaldo D.F.
• 2010: Gaia III: Atlantia (Edición especial)
• 2015: Ilussia 3D
• 2017: Diabulus In Opera