Misha Cvijovic: Cirque du Soleil for Ensemble

Misha Cvijovic: Cirque du Soleil for trumpet, bass clarinet, vibraphone, marimba and double bass
Forum Neue Musik Berlin

Damir Bacikin – trumpet
Žilvinas Brazauskas – bass clarinet
Eunbi Jeong – vibraphone
Ao Wang – marimba
David Scherka – double bass
Conductor: Musashi Baba

Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler”

Drawing By Nevena Prijic-Binney

Photos: Sylvia Steinhäuser

In composition “Cirque du Soleil” I wanted to connect the typical Balkan 7/8 meter with the non typical Balkan instruments such as marimba that originates from Africa and vibraphone originally made in US in the 20th century.

My idea was also to include the complex meters into the famous Cirque du Soleil show, because even though they are a Canadian entertainment company, each show is a synthesis of circus styles from around the world with the continuous live music.

The meter 7/8 is very well suited to the form of a circus which is a performance that include clowns, acrobats, trained animals, musicians, dancers, magicians, jugglers. In this entertainment show the accent is on fun, play, illusion and dance. Therefore, the meter 7/8 represents an adequate music background.

Forum Neue Musik 2017, Berlin