Koji Kikkawa show brought to life with GLP
Friday, 18 May 2018
glpKoji Kikkawa at the 8,000-capacity Musashino Forest Sport Plaza
Japan - One of Japan’s most popular singer songwriters, Koji Kikkawa, added real dynamics to his recent Live Is Life arena show at the 8,000-capacity Musashino Forest Sport Plaza with the aid of 23 JDC1 hybrid strobes from GLP.
Specified by lighting and set designer, Makoto Shimizu - who was also performance director - these were programmed in full 68-DMX channel mode to achieve full impact.
The entire stage concept was put together between himself and Koji Kikkawa. “He likes stereo architecture so we assembled mainly curved trusses,” explained Shimizu. “Also, using the lights we designed the back-lighting truss to resemble a weapon attack by the Mazinger Z [from the Japanese animé super robot manga series], with the JDC1 featuring prominently.”
Makoto said he had been aware of the power of GLP products for some time. “We had a tour last year, using the X4 Bars,” he said. “Because of the passion of Fourleaf [GLP’s Japanese distributor], we decided to purchase the JDC1. We saw the demo fixture during the performance by [Japanese mascot character] Funassyi last summer, and used two [GLP] GT1 and JDC1.”
GLP Asia’s Michael Münz and Søren Storm had also paid regular visits to Fourleaf, as well as major lighting company, Lighting Big1, who supplied the fixtures for this show. “They are one of the biggest rental companies in Japan and long time GLP customer,” said Münz. “They have been using the impression range since early on and currently have a large stock of the X4, X4 Bars and now the JDC1.”
At the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza the hybrid strobes were used mainly as audience blinders but also doubling as wash and truss lighting use as well.
Explaining this deployment, Makoto said, “JDC1 is brighter than other existing LED strobes so we can use them as a wash light as well. I like the beam light [function] as well as the wash light so I am happy to have powerful fixtures such as this at our disposal. With 68 channels we were able to achieve fabulous effects and various colours.”
(Jim Evans)

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