Varekai

Once again, Cirque du Soleil, the acrobatic circus of fantasy, create another exotic soundtrack to match its flamboyant performances.

Once again, Cirque du Soleil, the acrobatic circus of fantasy, create another exotic soundtrack to match its flamboyant performances. Taking its name from the Romany word for "wherever," Varekai is an imaginary world, and composer Violaine Corradi has orchestrated an especially hallucinatory score that seems to emerge from a trans-global dream. Her music flows from thundering Middle Eastern grooves with singer Natacha Atlas' ululating wails alongside Mathieu Lavoie's muscular imprecations, to spiritual chorales and anthemic pop with singer Zara Tellander. Electronica loops, orchestras, and choirs are seamlessly threaded with African mbiras, balaphons, and Indian bansuri flutes. A Cirque du Soleil show is a visual spectacle, but its soul resides in scores like Verekai.—JD