Cirque du Soleil returns to Seattle with its latest big top production: Amaluna premiering on January 31, 2013 under the blue-and-yellow Big Top, at King County’s Marymoor Park. Directed by Diane Paulus, a renowned theatre director from New York, Amaluna had its world-premiere in Montreal in April 2012. Seattle will be Amaluna’s first stop in the United States and will be the 8th Big Top production to visit Seattle since 1990.
Amaluna marks the first time a Cirque du Soleil show works with an all-female group of musicians. With the strong presence of guitars, the overall sound is resolutely contemporary. Bass, drums, cello, vocals, keyboards, percussion support the guitars in delivering a direct music without embellishment. “We wanted to unleash the power in the raw state that artists and musicians bring to the stage,” explain BOB & BILL. BOB & BILL are known for their ability to blur the lines between genres and styles to create an intricately woven visual and musical style that supports the show’s narrative.
To help celebrate, Cirque du Soleil has released the soundtrack to Amaluna which features an all woman band performing some of the edgiest music to come out of the Cirque camp to date. The fourteen tracks that comprise Amaluna were all composed by Montreal duo Guy Dubuc and Mark Lassard (aka BOB & BILL). Watch a behind-the-scenes look in their interview below.
Cirque du Soleil has also released the compilation album LE BEST OF 2, a must-have collection of the finest music from the troupe’s most recent modern era: 2005 to today
Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men land on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.
Amaluna is presented by VISA, the presenting sponsor of the 2013 American tour of the show. Infiniti, CGI, Xerox and Sun Life Financial are the official sponsors.
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Meet BOB & BILL, Composers Behind the Music of the Newest Creation: Amaluna
The Soundtrack to Amaluna and LE BEST OF 2 Compilation are Available Now
Cirque du Soleil® presents two new exciting music releases for fans to enjoy this holiday
season: the soundtrack to Amaluna™, an album featuring music from its newest touring show along with its latest compilation album LE BEST OF 2, comprised of Cirque’s finest music spanning from 2005 to today.
Meet BOB & BILL, the Montreal duo behind the music of Amaluna, the newest Cirque du Soleil creation. The duo explain working with an all-girl band and their desire to deliver something new to give Amaluna a “raw” sound yet to be heard at a Cirque du Soleil show.
The fourteen tracks that comprise the Amaluna soundtrack were all composed by Guy Dubuc and Mark Lassard (aka BOB & BILL) and were recorded in May and the summer months of 2012. The live show features an all woman band performing some of the edgiest music to come out of the Cirque du Soleil camp to date.
Amaluna (currently in Vancouver, BC) will make its US debut in Seattle, WA at King County’s Marymoor Park on January 31, 2013 and runs through February 24, 2013.
LE BEST OF 2 is a must-have collection of favorites for Cirque du Soleil fans and an opportunity for everyone to experience some of Cirque’s finest music from 2005 to today.
The compilation features scores from the Cirque du Soleil Productions Amaluna, KOOZA, ZED, Corteo,
IRIS, A Journey Through the World of Cinema, TOTEM, CRISS ANGEL Believe, ZAIA, OVO, KÀ,
Wintuk and Zumanity. Featured composers on LE BEST OF 2 include: BOB & BILL, Danny Elfman, Simon Carpentier, Berna Ceppas, Violaine Corradi, Jean-François Côté, René Dupéré (“Pageant”), Phillipe Leduc and Eric Serra.
On November 6th, Cirque du Soleil® presents its latest compilation album LE BEST OF 2 comprised of its finest music spanning from 2005 to today. The album also features the Cirque du Soleil Facebook fan favorite voted track: “Pageant” – a song from the show KÀ™.
Stream LE BEST OF 2 in its entirety and download the free track “Pageant”
now via the Cirque du Soleil site | click here
LE BEST OF 2 continues the theme found on the popular first edition LE BEST OF, released in 2004. Fans can now take home the very best recordings of this era of Cirque du Soleil sounds, which were composed as part of the creation of well over a dozen shows expanding the company’s musical landscape.
Daniel Desmarais © 2010 Cirque du Soleil
Today, Cirque du Soleil continues to work with innovative international composers who propel the Montreal troupe through a variety of musical styles: from cabaret and pop avenues to world music exploration; from modern rock sounds to full orchestral scores.
Featured composers on LE BEST OF 2 include: BOB & BILL, Danny Elfman, Simon Carpentier, Berna Ceppas, Violaine Corradi, Jean-François Côté, René Dupéré (“Pageant”) and Eric Serra. From its early roots in new avant-garde circus-arts music, Cirque du Soleil has established a musical style that has continued to expand as its live shows have continued to push the envelope to new heights.
Three tracks from LE BEST OF 2 come from composers, arrangers and musicians BOB & BILL who are well known for their ability to blur the lines between genres and styles. In 2004, BOB & BILL supplied the musical direction and arrangements for the Cirque du Soleil show Midnight Sun and have continued working with the outfit ever since. The duo’s work on the latest Cirque du Soleil touring show, Amaluna™, marks their third time composing for the company. Amaluna is currently playing in Toronto, ON and will open up in Vancouver, BC on November 23rd. The show will debut in the US in Seattle, WA on January 31, 2013. The soundtrack for Amaluna will be out November 20, 2012 and LE BEST OF 2 gives its first preview by leading off with an exclusive version of its songs: “Magic Ceremony 1” as titled for this compilation.
LE BEST OF 2 is a must-have collection of favorites for Cirque du Soleil fans, as well as an opportunity for everyone to experience some of Cirque’s finest music.
To hear the full album in streaming and download a free mp3 of the song “Pageant” click here.
LE BEST OF 2 Track Listing
1. Magic Ceremony 1 (from the show Amaluna™ – by BOB & BILL)
2. Pearl (from the show KOOZA™ – by Jean-François Côté)
3. Blue Silk (from the show ZED™ – by René Dupéré)
4. Anneaux (from the show Corteo™ – by Philippe Leduc)
5. Flying Scarlett (from the show IRIS, A Journey Through the World of Cinema™ – by Danny Elfman)
6. Qué Viyéra (from the show TOTEM™ – by BOB & BILL)
7. Flying with the Birds (from the show CRISS ANGEL® Believe™ – by Eric Serra)
8. Noi (from the show ZAIA™ – by Violaine Corradi)
9. Secret Samba Luv (from the show OVO™ – by Berna Ceppas)
10. Pageant (from the show KÀ™ – by René Dupéré)
11. Beyond the Clouds (from the show Wintuk™ – by Simon Carpentier, lyrics by Jim Corcoran)
12. Piece of Heaven (from the show Zumanity™ – by Simon Carpentier, Robbi Finkel)
13. Omé Yo Kanoubé (from the show TOTEM™ – by BOB & BILL)