Cirque du SoleilTodo comenzó en Baie-Saint-Paul, un pequeño pueblo cerca de Quebec (Canadá). Allí, a comienzos de la década de los ochenta, un grupo de personajes llenos de color deambulaban por las calles subidos en zancas, haciendo malabares, bailando, lanzando fuego por la boca y tocando música. Se trataba de Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul (los zancudos de Baie-Saint-Paul), un grupo de teatro callejero fundado por Gilles Ste-Croix. Los habitantes del pueblo quedaron impresionados por los jóvenes artistas y, entre ellos, se encontraba Guy Laliberté, que posteriormente fundaría y se convertiría en director general del Cirque du Soleil.
Composer and Musical Director
Scott Price is a graduate of the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Toronto and
has been a leading figure in Quebec music, television and performing arts for
many years as a composer and musical director.
He started his professional career playing keyboards in a group called Traxis
and was one of the pioneers of the modern Quebec music scene of the early 80s.
He later worked with singer Diane Dufresne in 1985 on her Top Secret tour. He
went on to work on stage with Quebec artists such as Celine Dion, Roch Voisine,
André Gagnon and Robert Charlebois.
Scott was the musical director on recordings and shows by Charles Aznavour,
Petula Clark as well as many other Quebec singers, and led an orchestra of 31
musicians for Celine Dion's 2008 mega-concert on the Plains of Abraham
in Quebec City. Scott also created the scores for many French-language television
and film productions produced in Quebec, as well as the international hit comedy
series Just for Laughs Gags.
Cirque du Soleil has called on Scott's services for his eclecticism and
musical curiosity. His previous work in circus includes Jungu (2007) by the
Imperial Acrobats of China and two productions by the Swiss circus company Salto
Natale: Chamaleon (2002) and Synfunia (2008), both directed by Guy Caron, one
of the pioneers of Cirque du Soleil.
Scott Price, who shared the composition with Jean-François Côté,
says the Banana Shpeel score is "a bubbling mix of vaudeville, urban music
and hip-hop all mixed together under the distinctive musical influence of Cirque
du Soleil. My compositions are closely intertwined with the inspired choreography
by Jared Grimes. Both work in symbiosis."
Scott Price was born in Montreal in 1960.