by Cirque du Soleil



Experienced live and in person, Cirque du Soleil's Kooza is at once both a continuation of their futuristic 21st century expansion of the circus as an art form and a deliberate refocusing upon the fundamental human elements within that tradition -- clowning and acrobatics. The show was conceived and written by David Shiner, a seasoned master of the art of circus clowning. As an audio recording, Kooza fits the troupe's pattern of blending world fusion dance mixes with textural mood music and pop vocals. With some assistance from Laurence O'Keefe, Jean-Francois Cote composed the show's musical accompaniments, drawing upon contemporary orchestral traditions, the funk of the '70s, film scores of the '40s and '50s, and the variegated musical culture of India. Additional credits cite instrumentalists Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard as arrangers, coordinators, and producers. A female vocalist heard periodically throughout the show is identified as Theresa Jones Bailey. Kooza's multinational instrumental ensemble includes several jazz and folk musicians from Quebec, where Cirque du Soleil originated and is still based. Naturally, hearing Kooza in private is light years away from experiencing a live production. The onsite spectator would be breathing the same air as the circus performers and their accompanying musicians while facing the possibility of being "volunteered" by clowns into a jolly bout of audience participation. Safely sequestered listeners, on the other hand, will find that the audio recording simply offers a series of colorful, contrasting musical episodes. Anyone who has seen Cirque du Soleil in person or on the projection screen of a movie theater will be able to visualize how both the naïve "L'innocent" and the South Asian jam "Royaume" were used as the sound bed for the aggressively merry comedic cacophony known as Charivari. By itself the music cannot convey the complexity of the most highly developed circus show on earth. Jugglers, unicyclists, clowns, pickpockets, and astonishingly flexible contortionists are the ground cover as it were for a team of trapeze artists and balancing acts including the daredevil who defies gravity by dancing and propelling off of a terrible object known as the Wheel of Death. Kooza was premiered in Montreal in 2007; four years later while staging the show in Japan at the time of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the troupe had to evacuate and relocate to Macau, China where they met up with the crews of the company's other productions, Zaia and Zed.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2008
Label: Cirque Du Soleil
UPC: 0843277016585
catalogNumber: 10028

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cirque du Soleil   Primary Artist
Richard Beaudet   Tenor Saxophone
Jocelyn Couture   Trumpet
Jean Fréchette   Baritone Saxophone
Guy Pelletier   Flute,Piccolo
Michel Dubeau   Duduk
Guy Dubuc   Piano,Keyboards,Vibes
Mireille Marchal   Percussion,Human Whistle,Toy Trumpet
Rémy Malo   Bass,Double Bass
Marc Lessard   Bass,Percussion,Drums
Benoît Groulx   Conductor
Ligia Paquin   Viola
Pierre Beaudry   Trombone,Euphonium
Sheila Hannigan   Cello
Caroline Lizotte   Harp
Carla Antoun   Cello
Yukari Cousineau   Viola
Pascale Gagnon   Violin
Uwe Neumann   Sitar
Theresa Jones Bailey   Vocals
James Lutz   Trombone,Bass Trombone,Soloist
Ismail Hakki Fencioglu   Oud
Mark Simons   Clarinet
Marie-Josee Arpin   Violin

Technical Credits

Guy Dubuc   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Isabelle Cliche   Production Director
Alain Vinet   Musical Director
Marc Lessard   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Benoît Groulx   Orchestration
Mathieu Roberge   Engineer
Pierre Desmarais   Art Direction
Michel Dalpé   Graphic Design
David Shiner   Writer,Show Director
Laurence O'Keefe   Composer
Charles Joron   Audio Production

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Cirque du soleil is one of the greatest show, in a circus!!! but not just a spectacular show, the music is just fenomenal every single song the melodies and the compositions are outstanding, i first saw the cirque du soleil in MEXICO and I really enjoy!!!!