If you’re like me, you might be wondering about the identity of the violinist who was playing with the band in the balcony at the 84th Academy Awards. It turns out she is none other than Anne Marie Calhoun, a rock violinist originally from Virginia. Currently a member of the band SuperHeavy (whose other members include Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damien Marley, and AR Rahman), she has also performed with Yanni, Steve Vai, and Jethro Tull. Calhoun is no stranger to the Oscars. She collaborated with film composer Hans Zimmer and performed the violin solos for the 2009 Oscar-winning score of Sherlock Holmes.
Calhoun shared the balcony with four other impressive musicians – Hans Zimmer, Oscar-winning composer of 1994’s The Lion King; hip-hop musician/producer Pharrell Williams; AR Rahman, Oscar-winning composer for 2009’s Slum Dog Millionaire; and Sheila E., drummer/vocalist with Prince on albums including Purple Rain, Sign O the Times and Lovesexy.
Zimmer and Williams also served as the Oscars’ music consultants. The duo composed music for interludes and walk-ons, and arranged segments of the five nominees for best film score.
I unfortunately could not find any videos of the balcony band. But if you’d like to see more of Anne Marie in action, check out this video of her from a 2009 tour with Yanni.
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