Bonobo gets new look with Chauvet
Monday, 14 May 2018
bonoboBonobo at San Francisco’s Midway music hall
USA - An early practitioner of Trip Hop, Bonobo was among the British DJs that influenced the course of electronic music in the 1990s. Later, he pushed the genre in a new, softer direction by blending his sound with elements of jazz and Hindu music. More recently, Bonobo has been at the forefront of the trend among DJs to work with bands, as he’s done on his tour in support of his Top Ten album Migration.
Backed by his band, Bonobo has created a more atmospheric sound that blends his jagged synths with instrumentation. In keeping with this expanded sound, the visual backdrop at his live shows, which is created with projection video, has become more about storytelling. Supporting this new look at Bonobo’s 23 March appearance at San Francisco’s Midway music hall was an engaging lightshow created by Bryce Cherpelis of 12BC Pro that was anchored by a collection of Chauvet Professional moving fixtures.
“We used lighting to engage the sold-out crowd,” said Cherpelis. “We didn’t surround the artist with a lot of eye candy; the projection video behind him set the tone. What our lights did was support the overall mood that reflected the music and the video images. We put a lot of light on the audience without distracting them. The ceiling at this venue is pretty high. That, along with the output of our Chauvet fixtures, made it relatively easy to cover the entire crowd.”
Cherpelis used two Maverick MK1 Hybrid fixtures, positioned one apiece on vertical truss structures stage left and right, for long throw spot and beam effects. He supported these hybrid units with a pair of 440W LED Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures, which were also positioned on either side of the stage. “The four Mavericks gave us more than enough output to create some interested spot effects over the audience,” he said.
Providing atmospherics were three Amhaze foggers arranged on the stage deck. Also included in Bonobo rig were six Rogue RH1 Hybrid and four Rogue R2 Wash fixtures.
(Jim Evans)

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