Our cover stars this month are Australia’s Drummer Queens. A celebration of the skill, passion and energy of a group of eight female percussionists, their show is currently entertaining crowds as it tours Australia - whisper it - mostly restriction-free. Inside, Cat Strom meets the production’s crew and creatives as it rolls into the Sydney Lyric Theatre.
Meanwhile, Kate Lyon reports on the striking illumination of Dubai’s modernist marvel, the Museum of the Future, as part of the United Arab Emirates’ 49th National Day celebrations. Plus, we discover more about the career of LarMac Live’s Jo MacKay and her recent work on other elements of the National Day celebrations for this month’s In Profile.
As we find ourselves a year or so into the pandemic, projects involving remote collaboration continue to evolve and impress. This is particularly true of the Japanese production of hit musical Waitress, with the crew split between Tokyo, London and New York. Having worked on the project from London, Rob Halliday details the practices, platforms and teamwork that ensured the show went ahead.
Also inside: Phil Ward explores the shifting attitudes of several pro audio brands to outsourcing the manufacture of their solutions to China; we report on Swiss venue Flygeln’s impressive new pro audio install; and Mike Clark experiences San Marino’s small-but-mighty Titanus Museum which boasts an enviable multimedia kit list. On the tech front, Richard Cadena reviews Robert Juliat’s SpotMe tracking system and Mark Johnson gets to grips with Meyer Sound’s wide-coverage Ultra-X20 loudspeaker. Enjoy!
With a portable rig, Drummer Queens delivers a powerful punch as the Australian percussion extravaganza visits the Sydney Lyric Theatre. Cat Strom reports . . .
Rob Halliday details how crew members in London, New York and Tokyo sync’d their skills and gear to remotely light Waitress in Japan . . .
Kate Lyon details the striking illumination of Dubai’s Museum of the Future for the United Arab Emirates’ National Day celebrations . . ..
Mark Johnson reviews Meyer Sound’s compact wide-coverage loudspeaker for installed and portable applications . . .
Phil Ward investigates global manufacturing, and why Donald Trump may have done boutique brands a favour . . .
Swedish live music venue Flygeln is ready to re-open to the public with a versatile new sound system . . .
A year into the pandemic, LSi catches up with 3LR CEO and PLASA vice-chair, Matt Lloyd . . .
Mike Clark reports on the small but mighty San Marino museum with an impressive AV fit-out . . .
Richard Cadena takes a closer look at SpotMe, Robert Juliat's creative tracking system that works in association with followspots . . .
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