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Alles begann in Kanada, genauer gesagt in Baie-Saint-Paul, einer Kleinstadt in der Nähe von Quebec. Anfang der Achtziger begann dort eine bunte Truppe von Stelzenläufern, Jongleuren, Tänzern, Feuerschluckern und Musikern, die Straßen unsicher zu machen. Die Kleinkunstgruppe um Gilles Ste-Croix nannte sich „Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul“ (Die Stelzenläufer von Baie-Saint-Paul). Schon damals waren die Einwohner beeindruckt und begeistert von den jungen Künstlern, darunter Guy Laliberté, der spätere Gründer und Leiter des Cirque du Soleil.

 
 
 

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Jim Corcoran

Lyrics

In the late sixties, singer, songwriter, poet and guitarist Jim Corcoran studied Philosophy and Theology in Boston and New Jersey. He returned to his native Quebec in 1970 and attended Bishop's University in Lennoxville. His career as a musician and songwriter began almost by accident when he played guitar in local watering holes to help pay for his tuition and found himself in growing demand as an entertainer.

He graduated from Bishop's with joint honors degrees in Philosophy and French, and in 2005 his alma mater awarded him an honorary Doctorate in Civil Law for his outstanding contribution to contemporary Quebec culture.

Jim's first language is English but he has spent most of his career singing and writing in French. He founded the folk duo "Jim and Bertrand" with Bertrand Gosselin, and their album "La tête en gigue" (My Head's in a Whirl) won the prize for Best Folk Record at the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland) in 1978. In 1981 he embarked on a solo career and his first record "Têtu" (Stubborn) won the Félix Award (Quebec) for Best Folk Album that year.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Jim recorded several albums in French with friends and great musicians in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. In 1984 he took part in the International Francophone Song Festival in Spa (Belgium) where his composition "J'ai fait mon chemin seul" (I Made My Way Alone) won the award for best song.

In 1988 Jim began hosting the CBC radio program 'À Propos,' a national showcase for music from Quebec and he continues in that capacity to this day. In 1990 he became an actor for the first time, playing the role of David, the father of tragic poet Émile Nelligan in the opera Nelligan, written by Quebec's leading playwright Michel Tremblay and composer André Gagnon. That same year, he was given the Félix Award as Songwriter of the Year. He has since won two Félix awards as "scripter" of the year. He received the Félix for Folk Album of the Year again in 1996 for his "Portraits" album, and in 2006 his CD "Pages Blanches" received the coveted Juno Award as Best Francophone Album of the Year in Canada.

Wintuk is not the first Cirque du Soleil production Jim has worked on. He also contributed to the music of Quidam and KÀ. Jim's song "Let Me Fall," from Quidam, was popularized by Josh Groban on his multi-platinum debut CD.

"Wintuk is the biggest challenge," says Jim Corcoran. "I haven't been asked to write only a few songs but all the songs that will be sung on stage. I was immediately fascinated and inspired by the storyboard of Wintuk, and excited about having to write lyrics that must be understood by adults and children. Maybe now, thanks to Harry Potter, children have a surprisingly extended vocabulary."

Early in the process of working with composer Simon Carpentier, Jim likened their partnership to that of Bernie Taupin and Elton John. "Lyrics are my first and main responsibility in Wintuk," he explains. "Simon is writing the music and directing the singers. It's been a great work in progress and he and I have bounced off each other really well."

"There's chaos and even anarchy about the creative process," he adds. "I've always had - and insisted on - an acute sense of discipline and hard work. Moments of inspiration are fleeting and unpredictable - it's best to be prepared to catch them when they come by."

Jim Corcoran was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec in 1949.