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Get to know the musicians — and music — behind Cirque du Soleil’s latest show

Get to know the musicians — and music — behind Cirque du Soleil’s latest show


♪♪♪ – My name is Camilla Bäckman, I come from Finland, Helsinki, and I’m a singer and violin player in the show VOLTA by Cirque du Soleil. I started playing the
violin when I was four, and piano came to the picture
when I was around eight. Singing was always there
like before speech, I was always singing, for sure. My mother is a classical singer and my father is actually an
artistic director in opera, so I was surrounded by classical music. I started studying in the music university in Finland which is Sibelius Academy. I did actually a couple
of Master degrees there. I was always into pop, and
then came rock and jazz, so that’s why circus feels so good for me because here it’s like
a mix of all the styles. You don’t have to put yourself in a box. ♪♪♪ I saw this announcement on Facebook, and then I just went like, “Okay, I’ll go and do a little audition,” and I ran away with the circus and life definitely changed after that. ♪♪♪ My name is Ben Todd, I play drums in the show,
but I’m also the band leader. I started playing drums when
I was about three years old. My father is a drummer and he
got me started very early on. I saw my first Cirque du Soleil show when I was about 10 years old. Something about seeing a live band with the acrobatics on stage, and being in this unique
environment of the Big Top. Immediately after seeing that show I wanna be part of something like this, so from then onwards, it was kind of always my
goal to one day get a job with Cirque du Soleil. Being a part of VOLTA from day one, being a part of the creation of the show, was a huge learning experience
and a great journey. We were very fortunate to
have the great composer, Anthony Gonzalez, who is
probably most well known for his work in his own project, M83. It was a really interesting combination of synth ’80s pop and cinematic orchestra. ♪♪♪ – Throughout the show
there’s like different sounds I get to use with the violin, and we get to improvise and do solos. It is electronic pop, but it’s also like part of
our souls and our hearts. ♪♪♪ There’s a lot of kids in the audience, so they might have never
seen a violin in action. There’s a part in the show
where I’m in the audience. I appear from nowhere (laughs). The light is there, and
people are like, “Woah!” And I get to improvise and
walk just with the violin, with the acoustic sound. I get to see the children’s reactions, and older people. Some people might have
tears in their eyes. Some people might just smile. And it’s a special moment. I know some people who have
started violin after this show, and that is just amazing
and very inspiring to hear. ♪♪♪ – What I try and do every
night is inspire people: inspire them to become
a performer themselves, or whether inspire them just
to be happy and enjoy life because they’ve just
witnessed something incredible on stage they’ve never seen before. Because I can remember very
clearly what it was like to sit in that Big Top and watch a show for the first time and
just think, “Oh my gosh.” Even 10 years later, that’s something, a feeling that I still have. – And if somebody gets
inspired by that, that’s like, that makes me happy. ♪♪♪

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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