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I went two or three years ago to see Cirque du Soleil in Atlanta. We saw Alegria. Terrific in all ways. Anyone who has seen a Cirque du Soleil production will know what I mean.

But my question concerns the band. They had a fabulous sax player, and I've been trying ever since to find out who he was. Wow. If you know Cirque du Soleil, you'll know that their shows have music going constantly, most of it original, most of it pretty interesting. This guy played soprano, alto, and tenor (at least -- he was out of sight most of the time), and the band made occasional forays into the audience in postmodern clown suits, doing wonderful ironic circus music, strange riffs on The Six Brown Brothers, etc., in addition to the very various music the show otherwise demanded.

Anyone have any idea who this very fine musician was/is?
 

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Cirque also has several different shows playing in several different places at the same time....like 7-8 different production companies. The performers are from all over the world. I was fortunate when Cirque had a show briefly at Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, MS to befriend the saxophonist with that particular show...but he is not the guy on the records. His name is Chris Savage and he lives in Montreal,CA.

He is an incredible musician....seriously the best saxophonist I've ever heard live besides Brecker. Crazy thing is he didn't take up saxophone until he was like 24 yrs old. He is a gifted keyboard player/composer...studied at NTSU (now UNT) on keys and decided while there to take up saxophone. So yeah whoever Cirque has on staff are top flight musicians...and good chance they could be Canadian since the company is based in Montreal, CA.

Whoever plays on the records is a monster...absolute seamless execution of playing...wish I was 1/4 the player that cat is.
 

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Yep, I know how these rotational gigs work. Thought there might be somebody out there who knew this particular player. Slim odds, I know.
 

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Mark R said:
Cirque also has several different shows playing in several different places at the same time....like 7-8 different production companies. The performers are from all over the world. I was fortunate when Cirque had a show briefly at Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, MS to befriend the saxophonist with that particular show...but he is not the guy on the records. His name is Chris Savage and he lives in Montreal,CA.

He is an incredible musician....seriously the best saxophonist I've ever heard live besides Brecker. Crazy thing is he didn't take up saxophone until he was like 24 yrs old. He is a gifted keyboard player/composer...studied at NTSU (now UNT) on keys and decided while there to take up saxophone. So yeah whoever Cirque has on staff are top flight musicians...and good chance they could be Canadian since the company is based in Montreal, CA.

Whoever plays on the records is a monster...absolute seamless execution of playing...wish I was 1/4 the player that cat is.
I don't know whether the player on the records is the one I heard: no way to tell, but he sounds the same, which may just mean that the touring guy did his homework. But your description does him justice.
 

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Terrific in all ways. Anyone who has seen a Cirque du Soleil production will know what I mean.
Yeah, I know what you mean. I've seen a couple of different productions and there is literally nothing else on earth like it. To those who are reading this and haven't been to a Cirque Du Soleil performance, if you get the chance do not pass it up!

I don't know who the sax player is, but one thing that makes Cirque so great is they can go all over the world and recruit the very best performers. And it shows.
 

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This is strange...I worked a cruise ship gig back in around the year 2000 on the Volendam ship. My roommate was a guy named Chris Savage (I could be wrong about the first name...) He was the new keyboard player and was from Montreal...hmm I wonder if that was him. I was the sax player on the gig.
I probably inspired him to take up the Sax!!!;)
 

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They switch around, like the circus or a cruise ship. Occaisionally a guy will stay for several years, but a lot of the guys just kind of float through those shows.
My understanding is that you have to commit to a 2 year contract, I know some players who have done the gig and that was their experience.
I may be wrong but I don't think they switch around much because they have to be involved in the theatrical aspects of the show, there may be some exceptions.
Several years ago I auditioned for them, didn't get it, I was told I sounded too "classical".
 

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I agree, I think they change their musicians often. I know this because just after I got sick they came to Australia and were holding auditions. Straight away I was annoyed because I ALWAYS wanted to join some sort of performing group like that. My dream was to travel the world with them for a few years, before settling down to perform in our theatre restaurant in Adelaide. That job means a little waitressing, dress up as a vampire or demon, perform in the stage show, and then a little more waitressing. During University I would dance and play music for my money.

(sigh) The dreams are wonderful, aren't they :)
 

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to bring you up to date, Chris started playing sax in highschool, yes went to North Texas State - and is now on the Cunard playing on the three Queens, think including the maiden voyage of the new Queen Elizabeth.
 

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This is strange...I worked a cruise ship gig back in around the year 2000 on the Volendam ship. My roommate was a guy named Chris Savage (I could be wrong about the first name...) He was the new keyboard player and was from Montreal...hmm I wonder if that was him. I was the sax player on the gig.
I probably inspired him to take up the Sax!!!;)
I was on the Volendam in 06-07!
 

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At least four sax players have performed in Alegria: Chris Savage, who also played in Quidam; Eric Plante, currently playing in O and who was also in Saltimbanco and Quidam - he plays sax in the Alegria DVD; Paul Pelletier, who also played in Quidam, is currently in Le Reve in Las Vegas; and Bruno Dumont, who is currently playing in Viva Elvis.

Hope this helps,
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Does anyone happen to know who played for La Nouba in Florida? I saw this show last year; really amazing.
 

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I'm not sure exactly where this thread belongs: let's try it here.

I went two or three years ago to see Cirque du Soleil in Atlanta. We saw Alegria. Terrific in all ways. Anyone who has seen a Cirque du Soleil production will know what I mean.

But my question concerns the band. They had a fabulous sax player, and I've been trying ever since to find out who he was. Wow. If you know Cirque du Soleil, you'll know that their shows have music going constantly, most of it original, most of it pretty interesting. This guy played soprano, alto, and tenor (at least -- he was out of sight most of the time), and the band made occasional forays into the audience in postmodern clown suits, doing wonderful ironic circus music, strange riffs on The Six Brown Brothers, etc., in addition to the very various music the show otherwise demanded.

Anyone have any idea who this very fine musician was/is?
hi there, FYI, I am Chris's sister, and I ran across your post today. I am telling you, his name is Chris Savage. I watched the performance in Biloxi Mississippi.
Yes Chris lives in the Montreal Quebec area, he has been married to his sax (tenor, & my favourite : soprano, & sometimes alto) since I was a very little girl. Hence, Chris's affiliation with Cirque de Soleil (Quebec organization) . He stopped playing for Cirque as he dreaded the lack of fulfillment it provided: He was not able to work on his own improvisation which is phenomenal. Chris is now turning 55 in August. He is working mostly on cruise ships as he has a hard time getting into the states where the scene is much more favourable.
When on ships, he is mostly a soloist, blowing peoples minds.
I and my husband were on a cruise in Europe, on a very exclusive ship line, on a discounted fee due to family discount: All the crew knew him and he was very popular. My hope is that one day he comes across that one manager that knows how to deal with him - and sees his true unbelievable and heavenly talent, and opens him up to the world. Thank you for posting your inquiry for Chris Savage.
 

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As well, now that I have read the other posts about the musicians, Chris started out on piano. He only picked up the saxophone (tenor first) when he started high school in grade 8. After competing every year in the jazz band competitions, he was always singled out for his performances, winning jazz awards almost immediately.
Even though he practices little on the piano, he can still sit down and blow my mind, how he can improvise on my mother's beautiful, Steinway baby g.
Then, he travelled to Texas, attending the university of Texas in Dallas FW. There he honed his skills-- for 4 years-- originally studiing the piano, but quickly changing to saxophone. Even though he practices little on the piano, he can still sit down and blow my mind, how he can improvise on my mother's beautiful, Steinway baby g.
 

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hi there, FYI, I am Chris's sister, and I ran across your post today. I am telling you, his name is Chris Savage. I watched the performance in Biloxi Mississippi.
Yes Chris lives in the Montreal Quebec area, he has been married to his sax (tenor, & my favourite : soprano, & sometimes alto) since I was a very little girl. Hence, Chris's affiliation with Cirque de Soleil (Quebec organization) . He stopped playing for Cirque as he dreaded the lack of fulfillment it provided: He was not able to work on his own improvisation which is phenomenal. Chris is now turning 55 in August. He is working mostly on cruise ships as he has a hard time getting into the states where the scene is much more favourable.
When on ships, he is mostly a soloist, blowing peoples minds.
I and my husband were on a cruise in Europe, on a very exclusive ship line, on a discounted fee due to family discount: All the crew knew him and he was very popular. My hope is that one day he comes across that one manager that knows how to deal with him - and sees his true unbelievable and heavenly talent, and opens him up to the world. Thank you for posting your inquiry for Chris Savage.
Bruno Dumont "HAVE BEEN" on Alegria from January 2002 (Perth Australia) until it's closing of the Bigtop tour ( Dubai April 2009).
Chris Savage was on Alegria in Biloxi( that is before 2000).

After Chris , came Eric Plante ( Eric is the one that play on the commercial DVD. This DVD was recorded in Australia in 2001) and than , Bruno Dumont came to replace Eric.
After Alegria , Bruno moved to Viva Elvis ( June 2009 in las Vegas) until it's closure in August 2012 and than moved to Quidam (Arena tour) in September 2012. He is now currently touring with Quidam in Europe.
 
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