About Us

Common Knowledge is a Chicago-based harp and guitar duo. Harpist Michael Maganuco and guitarist Alex Sokol provide live ambient entertainment for a wide variety of private events such as cocktail receptions, dinner parties, galas, and weddings. Their diverse musical style seamlessly blends traditional Jazz, Brazilian, Classical, and Popular Contemporary. They have performed at venues across the Chicagoland area including Chicago Botanic Gardens, Michigan Shores Club, Museum of Broadcast Communications, Salvage One, Venue SIX10, and Sepia Restaurant. Common Knowledge specializes in creating unique and sophisticated musical environments customized to each special event. 

MM0013 (1)   Michael Maganuco is a classically trained harpist experienced in solo, chamber, and orchestral performance. He can be heard performing regularly in orchestras across Chicago and the Midwest including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Symphonies of DePaul University, Elmhurst, Evanston, and Dubuque (IA). He is also a published composer and arranger, best known for his award-winning solo harp composition, Awakening Stillnesses, and his collection of arrangements by Argentine tango composer, Astor Piazzolla. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in music from Boston University and Master’s from Northwestern. His harp is a 2004 Lyon & Healy Style 85 Ebony Concert Grand.

Learn more at www.michaelmaganuco.com

Common Knowledge Sepia gig Alex 3   Alex Sokol, Chicago-born musician and visual artist, currently is the lead singer, bassist and lyricist for hard rock band KRIJA. His solo project The Chamber Experience synthesizes music and video creating a truly unique art form. Alex has performed around Chicago at venues such as Uncommon Ground, Cobra Lounge, Subterranean, Double Door, Reggie’s Rock Club, and Burlington. He also creates and performs live video for ambient music duo Mouth Captain. In addition to performing, Alex has worked for Blue Man Group Chicago as Sound Engineer since 2013. He graduated in 2010 from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Audio Design and Production.

Learn more at www.alexsokol.com / www.krijaband.com