Meyer marks 37 years at Montreux Jazz Festival
Friday, 28 July 2023
mjf20235The Montreux Jazz Festival will return to the shores of Lake Geneva for its 58th edition next year
Switzerland - From 30 June through 15 July, the limelight of contemporary music performance again focused on the shores of Switzerland’s Lake Geneva, where legends and emerging luminaries assembled for the 57th edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival. Meyer Sound was on hand for its 37th year as strategic partner and official sound provider, ensuring that the latest in audio technology was ready to connect artists to audiences at the two paid-ticket venues and 11 free music stages.
Again this year, the Auditorium Stravinski hosted world-renowned artists spanning generations and genres, including Bob Dylan, Lil Nas X, Iggy Pop, Gilberto Gil & Family, Buddy Guy, and Nile Rodgers & Chic. And, for the second year, the system at the 4,000-capacity venue was built around a complement of 24 Meyer Sound Panther large-format linear line array loudspeakers.
“The reactions to Panther have again been very positive overall,” says Martin Reich, audio coordinator for the entire festival as well as house engineer at the Auditorium Stravinski. “Some engineers are often surprised by what they hear from Panther because, for the first time, they are hearing the sounds with such high resolution.”
During the headline show by Seal, the performance of Panther made a striking impression on Rob Stanley, production manager and senior project manager for ZEROdB Live, who works with the R&B superstar as well as other top British artists. “Nothing can ever take away from that amazing show on an amazing PA system,” he says. “In what must be pushing 10,000 shows in my career, this was the best sounding, and put it up there in the top three career moments for me.”
Lucas Pinzón, the FOH engineer for Maluma, immediately felt comfortable with the system. "I have been using Meyer speakers for many years, and I am pleased with the results achieved with Panther. It was my first time with this system, and I can't wait to encounter it again."
Supporting the Panther arrays at the venue were 14 1100-LFC and six 900‑LFC low-frequency control elements for sub-bass; two 4 Lina very compact linear line array loudspeakers as a split centre array, and six Lina loudspeakers as a centre fill; four ULTRA-X40 loudspeakers for in- and out-fills, and a pair of Amie System monitors at FOH mix.
For 2023, a total of more than 380 Meyer Sound loudspeakers were deployed across festival sites, with 27 current and legacy loudspeaker models represented in the main and foldback systems.
“Having Meyer Sound as a festival partner is a dream come true, and a treat for everybody,” summarises Martin Reich. “We get all the tools we could wish for, along with 24/7 support. It couldn’t be better.”
Returning as production manager for this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival was Marco Güntensperger. The principal audio supplier was Skynight SA, based near Geneva, with on-site project managers Goran Pajic and Yvan Baronne working under the overall direction of Nicolas Walser. Eddy Broquet of Meyer Sound’s Swiss distributor, Tonspur, coordinated distribution and technical support. Ianina Canalis and José Gaudin of Meyer Sound technical support were available as needed, with Gaudin doubling as FOH mixer at Montreux Jazz Lab. Senior product manager Andy Davies and UK sales manager Roland Morcom served as liaisons with the festival’s staff and guest sound engineers.
The Montreux Jazz Festival will return to the shores of Lake Geneva for its 58th edition next year, but will face new challenges as the Montreux Music & Convention Centre - incorporating both Auditorium Stravinski and the Jazz Lab - will be closed for extensive renovations. Festival management has found replacement venues of similar capacity, and the audio teams will return to face some new challenges, and perhaps new opportunities as well.

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