Chauvet shines on Salman Ali solo show
Monday, 30 March 2020
salmanali4Roosevelt Dsouza filled the air with vivid cross patterns of light (Hiten Ondhia Pardesi Photo)
UK - Following his India Idol win, the Mewat-born Salman Ali went on to record songs for popular TV programmes and Bollywood films, in addition to cutting his own records. On 15 February, just weeks before the prohibition of live events took effect, he reached another milestone, appearing for his first solo concert in the UK before a sold-out crowd at SSE Arena Wembley.
Providing big bold looks that matched the budding star’s soaring performance, which was produced by Rock On Music, was a sweeping Roosevelt Dsouza lighting design that featured 42 Chauvet Professional moving LED fixtures supplied by Pro System Services.
Filling the air with vividly coloured crossing beam patterns, and accentuating his client’s performance with bursts of white audience lighting, Dsouza endowed the venerable arena with a sense of energy that captured the moment. Balancing these intense flourishes, he also covered the stage with soft lush washes that reflected the gentle, angelic quality of Ali’s voice.
Helping Dsouza achieve this wide range of effects were the 30 Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash fixtures in his rig. Arranged on four vertical truss bars on the upstage wall and on a V-shaped truss structure over centre stage, the RGBW fixtures were used to create a broad palette of colours from pastels to bold primaries that gave the stage a variety of looks throughout the concert.
Dsouza also drew on the Rogue R2 Wash’s broad (12° to 49°) zoom range to change coverage areas, filling the stage with colour one moment, then creating a warm sense of intimacy the next by focusing light on Ali or one of the performers from the 515 band that supported the star singer.
The versatile Rogue fixtures also added to the emotional impact to the show with their evocative aerial washes. The R2 had the output to fill the vast performance space with effects. It was also bright enough to work with the spots and blinders in the rig during the show’s audience lighting intervals. Among those spot fixtures were 12 Legend 330SR units.
“There were a lot of people for me to thank for this show, including the Pro Systems UK team for their hard work and providing me with a great rig,” said Dsouza. “Also, thanks to Rock on Music, Vijay Bhola, Brindan Sivanandan, Jai Thaker, and Salman Ali, the 515 Band Mark Rodgriques, the folks at Wembley team and My S Super Star.”
(Jim Evans)

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