Composed by René Dupéré,
KÀ features epic music reminiscent of classic movie soundtracks
(Montreal, October 6, 2005) - Cirque du Soleil Musique announces the release of the KÀ soundtrack, its most ambitious musical project to date. While remaining firmly rooted in Cirque du Soleil musical tradition, the recording featuring a 57-piece symphony orchestra and 40-member choir creates a unique musical universe both epic and lyrical.
The powerful percussion and distinctive sound invites comparisons with classic movie soundtracks creating “a rich soundtrack that lives up to the overarching eye-candy on display”, says Variety. To create this sound, KÀ was recorded at the renowned Paramount Studios in Los Angeles and in Montreal, where Cirque du Soleil is based. Hollywood veteran Simon Leclerc, the conductor for Star Trek: Voyager and Enterprise, the play Les Misérables and the Quebec production Dracula, conducted the orchestra in Los Angeles.
Composer René Dupéré has been part of Cirque du Soleil since the very beginning. KÀ is the first work Dupéré has composed for Cirque du Soleil since 1994’s Alegría, the best-selling Cirque du Soleil recording to date. Dupéré is proud of his new creation, currently showing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. "We pulled out all the stops in the making of this album, and the result is, I believe, a record of the highest quality," says Dupéré. The album KÀ is worthy of the show that Time magazine called "bigger than Vegas."
Both the stage production and the soundtrack called for highly innovative use of musical technology. Says Martin Lord-Ferguson, co-producer of the recording: "Technological innovation, artistic audacity and technical prowess are all features of KÀ that the soundtrack had to reflect."
The KÀ CD is on sale now at www.cirquedusoleil.com and will be in stores on October 18, 2005.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL MUSIQUE
Since its inception in 2004, Cirque du Soleil Musique has released five recordings: Le Best Of, Tapis Rouge™ Solarium, ZUMANITY™, Solarium/Delirium and Mouvement by Alain Vinet, and has re-issued the soundtracks for the stage productions of Saltimbanco, Alegría, Mystère, La Nouba, Dralion, “O”, Quidam and Varekai. Cirque du Soleil albums have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide.