Europe - Following its successful launch last September, Vista by Chroma-Q has announced ‘Release 2’ (R2) of their Vista 3 lighting and media control software.
Since its launch last year, Vista 3’s approach to lighting and media control has been embraced by major rental companies, production houses and international lighting designers. It has also been used on a number of international tours - notably, for Cliff Richard and Don Broco.
As part of Chroma-Q's ongoing commitment to increased functionality and enhanced capability, Vista 3 R2 highlights include: expanded fixed installation and external trigger capabilities, including an Astronomical clock and new auto show load options. Other additions include a further improved FX engine, expanded Command Line functionality and an updated factory library.
R2 has been designed to provide new and existing users with an even more intuitive user experience for creating and delivering fantastic looking shows.
China - Creative director Daan Oomen and his team from Netherlands-based visual specialists Live Legends have delivered a major club project in China – OT Kun in Kunming – following up their work at One Third in Beijing.
At the core of the lighting rig are 56 x Robe MegaPointes and 110 x Spikies chosen by Daan and Live Legends’ lighting designer/production manager, Serge Patist.
They were again working for NOA’s Arc Group as the design partner for this newest flagship venue, a 1,500-capacity property that includes 50 VIP tables positioned right in the centre of the main room action around the dancefloor.
Prominent guests can therefore be in the vortex of an immersive lighting, video, automation and visual experience, all designed and specified by Live Legends. The long-term objective is to create a series of clubs that “unite imagination and cutting-edge technologies, offering a totally new eye-popping clubbing phenom”.
The scope of Live Legends’ work included everything from the front façade, coat check and reception areas to the main room and dancefloor, co-ordinating all the visual disciplines with the goal of repeating the success of One Third Beijing but with a completely different look and feel, offering an unprecedented journey for guests and adventurers.
The MegaPointes are deployed around the main room’s central feature which is a ring of square objects clad in video panels presenting a prominent circle shape. This was inspired by Yunnan tribal necklaces and headpieces, known for their beauty, interesting shape
Spain - A glittering array of national and international movie stars gathered at the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones in Sevilla on 2 February 2019 to celebrate the 33rd edition of the Goya Awards, celebrating the Spanish film industry.
Presented by the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences (AACCE), the Goya Awards were established in 1987 to honour the best in Spanish filmmaking. The ceremony, which is always a glamorous occasion with high production values, was televised nationally by Spanish public television broadcaster, TVE, and internationally by the TVE Internacional channel.
This year, the Goya Awards took place for the first time in Seville instead of Madrid, its traditional home since the inaugural event in 1987, and the new host city took the opportunity to spruce itself up by lighting some of its most famous monuments. The emblematic Torre del Oro, Seville’s 13th century dodecagonal military watchtower, and the Muralla de la Macarena, the historic defensive walls surrounding the Old Town of Seville, both played leading roles in this special set up. The walls of each were illuminated with the deep red colour that is symbolic of the corporate image of the Goya's Awards, and adorned with the logo of the 33rd edition of the gala.
This celebratory lighting project was entrusted to rental company, Crambo Alquiler, the chosen fixture was the Ayrton Ghibli spot luminaire which was used to light up the Sevillian landmarks. Two Ghibli fixtures illuminated the walls of the Muralla de la Macarena, and four more Ghibli lit the Torre del
USA - Special Event Services (SES), headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has sent a large complement of Claypaky Scenius Unico, Mythos 2 and Sharpy fixtures on tour with American country group Zac Brown Band. ACT Lighting Inc. is the exclusive North American distributor of Claypaky..
Zac Brown Band has commenced the second leg of its Down the Rabbit Hole Live tour, the group’s fifth headlining concert tour, in support of its fifth studio album, Welcome Home. The tour launched last summer; the new 15-date leg kicked off this month in Tulsa, Oklahoma and wraps in Peoria on 27 April.
SES is the lighting vendor for the band; its sister company Special Event Transportation (SET) serves as the trucking company.
“We’ve worked with Zac Brown Band for the last 10 years, including the first leg of Down the Rabbit Hole,” says Jeff Cranfill, co-founder and vice president of SES. “The design team has redesigned the rig for 2019.
Bruce Rodgers is the production designer, Chris Cockrill the lighting designer and Diego Pernia the creative director. Rodgers’ new set for the tour features “moving LED walls and trusses that create a variety of scenic changes throughout the show”, Cranfill explains.
SES has added 53 Claypaky Scenius Unico fixtures to the new rig. “Chris [Cockrill] asked me for some options; he wanted to move away from the standard spots we’ve used for the past few years,” says Cranfill. “We had already done a number of tours with Unicos: Ed Sheeran’s current tour (partnered with LCR
USA - Lady Gaga launched her Las Vegas residency Enigma show at MGM’s Park Theatre with Elation Professional DARTZ 360 beam/spot effects playing an integral role in LeRoy Bennett’s lighting design. Lighting supply is by Solotech.
Headlining her own Vegas show, Enigma, and an accompanying jazz and piano show, the two-year residency will cover 74 shows and possibly more. The theatrical show relates the story of Gaga and her Enigma character and embraces a message of healing and discovery. Lady Gaga herself calls the show "a celebration of all that is unique and different within us".
Although the Park Theatre is a smaller venue, Bennett, who serves as production, lighting and set designer, says he designed the show to feel like an arena concert. To that end, a huge custom-built light pod fabricated by Unison and outfitted with over 230 DARTZ 360 LED moving heads floats above the performer onstage and is the main lighting instrument on the show.
The oval-shaped light pod measures 38’ in length and 28’ in width and comprises 33 pre-rig sections. It is articulated and angled by automated hoists and is used throughout the show, sometimes as one huge wash light, at other times for individual, super tight beams.
Bennett, who counts stars like Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson and Paul McCartney among his clientele, has worked with Lady Gaga since her Monster Ball tour in 2009. He is also using DARTZ on his current Paul McCartney and Kelly Clarkson tour designs and said of the narrow beam luminaire, "The DARTZ 36
UK - Well-known industry figure, Matt Lloyd, is to leave his role at Bristol-based technology company GDS after 14 years’ service. Following a restructuring of the company, the co-founder and former managing director had been working in a consultancy role but a change in direction, following the sale of key brands including ArcSystem to ETC, led GDS to terminate the arrangement.
Having gained a wealth of experience and know-how during his time at GDS and Stage Electrics, Matt, vice-chairman of PLASA, will continue to advance the gb4u consultancy he launched in September 2018. gb4u works with a range of businesses, from start-ups to established operations, to advise on and assist with the promotion of strategies for growth and development. Matt is also discussing a number of other opportunities with businesses keen to take advantage of his wide-ranging skills and industry experience.
Lloyd comments, “I’ve had 14 amazing years at GDS, a company which began for me as an idea in the middle of The Panama Canal, during a round the world yacht race! My experiences have been entirely positive and being immersed in helping to create, develop and deliver cutting-edge products as part of such a fantastic team has been a joy.
“I will take forward so many invaluable lessons into the next chapter of my career. The freedom to operate across different sectors of industry is something I’m relishing and I’m very much up for the challenge. I’m confident that gb4u will continue to grow as a productive source of support for a wide range of businesses, fos
UK - Harman’s UK distributor Sound Technology is bringing the company’s latest performance audio and lighting products at a showcase on 27 March (Wednesday) at the Islington Assembly Hall in London.
The event is aimed at venue operators, rental and production companies, engineers and designers.
Delegates can hear the new JBL VTX A8 Series line array system, which has been installed by the host venue. The demos are taking place at 12.30pm and 4.30pm.
Meanwhile, those interested in lighting can attend the Martin by Harman showcases at 11am and 3pm, which will feature the new ERA 300 Profile (modern day LED successor to the much-loved MAC 250), the now-shipping ELP Series LED Ellipsoidal fixtures, the MAC Allure Profile creative fixture with P3 technology, plus the award-winning MAC Encore Wash, MAC Encore Performance and JEM Glaciator Dynamic.
In addition, the latest models in the RUSH range including the MH10, MH11 and Batten 1 Hex will also be on show.
USA - Chauvet Professional has added a collection of PAR fixtures to its Ovation line, which already features LED ellipsoidal, Fresnel and batten fixtures.
Available in RGBA-Lime, warm white, variable white and UV models, the new PAR fixtures have 16-bit dimming, a single-source homogenous light, RDM and Variable Pulse Width Modulation. All of the new PARs come with interchangeable lens plates for medium and wide beam angles, and they accept standard 7.5” beam shaping accessories.
The three non-UV PAR fixtures also feature a high CRI, which results in more realistic lighting for stage and broadcast applications. Virtually silent in their operation, the new PARs have the bright output that designers have come to expect from the Ovation series.
“We’re very excited to be able to offer designers Ovation level performance in LED PAR fixtures,” says Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “The introduction of the Ovation PARs rounds out the series and allows us to offer a complete lighting solution.
“Our goal is to broaden the designer’s creative options. This is what our design philosophy is based on, and our PAR fixtures reflect this commitment.”
USA - For Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s sold-out Stage AE show in Pittsburgh in January, the band’s lighting designer Manny Newman created an intense panoramic mothership landing look that appeared like something out of a Steven Spielberg film.
“We wanted not just to immerse fans, but to kind of challenge their sense of reality,” explains Newman. Helping him in this ambitious endeavour was a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures from his personal stock and rented from Hougie’s in Pittsburgh.
Newman used 12 Rogue R1 Wash, eight Rogue R1 Spot and 12 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures in his rig. “We relied on these fixtures to create a mothership look,” he says. “What we did didn’t involve science fiction; it was just the result of the careful placement of fixtures. We get this gigantic look when the upstage movers are in a high fanned-out position and the ground movers are in a low fanned-out position. This creates a very open look, which I like to use when I need a large scene.
“You can say the design looked like something from out of space,” adds Newman, “but I wanted a very organic look as opposed to straight Xs. Organic spacecraft! Fanned-out looks are always my go-to design.”
Newman’s light package was 16’ wide and was flown at a height of around 20’ at its highest point. The 12 R1 Washes in his rig were flown on the quick grid, along with eight strobe units. On the ground he had 8 R1 Spots. He also used the R2 Wash for the side and downstage wash.
With this arrangement, Newman was able to create a gal
Macau The House of Dancing Water - the water-based stage production, directed by Franco Dragone and staged in the House of Dancing Water Theatre in Macau, has recently added 63 new Robe moving lights to the theatre’s rig.
The 41 x BMFL Wash XFs and 21 x Tarrantula LED wash beam lighting fixtures have now been installed in the theatre as part of a drive to upgrade the technical equipment to include more sustainable and advanced options than were available when the show launched in 2010.
The integrity, drama and dynamics of Luc Lafortune’s original lighting design are all preserved as the concept works to support the show narrative.
The House of Dancing Water (THODW) show is one of the most successful entertainment phenomena in the world - having clocked up over 3,500 performances, it has been enjoyed by over three million spectators.
Karl Jenkins, head of lighting, projections and special effects for the theatre, has been in the post for two and a half years and has previously worked on several Cirque du Soleil projects. He runs a team of 26 technicians and was instrumental in adding the Robe fixtures to the show.
“Ultimately it was the output, the colour mixing and the beautiful Fresnel lens that put the BMFL on top,” he confirms.
They didn’t need a multi-purpose unit, but they wanted that rich and deep Fresnel look coupled with a high output to deal with the long throw distance, with refined and elegant colour mixing.
The final decision was taken by Karl and his head console operator/programmer Justin F
Mexico - Performance company Finzi Pasca recently used a large number of Elation Professional luminaires on the interactive show Abrazos at the 2019 State Fair of León in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. More than 100 Elation fixtures took part in the show, giving life to a series of acrobatic, music and contortion acts.
A package of 42 SixBar 1000 IP, eight Smarty Hybrid, 18 Fuze Wash Z350, 16 Fuze Pair Z120 IP, 11 Colour 5 Profile, eight Paladin and 8 DTW Blinder 700 IP luminaires was used to light the show, which played from 11 January to 5 February. Daniele Finzi Pasca, director of Switzerland-based Compagnia Finzi Pasca and creator of shows such as Corteo and Luzia for Cirque Du Soleil, wrote and directed the show. Lighting design was by Daniele Finzi Pasca and Alexis Bowles.
In the centre of the arena, a 15m square stage was illuminated using eight Acclaim Flex Tube RGB LED strips and surrounded by 42 Elation SixBar 1000 IP battens washing the stage from all angles. Trimmed at a height of 12m, fast and compact Smarty Hybrid moving heads along with Fuze Wash Z350 and Fuze Par Z120 IP single source par moving head luminaires highlighted the dozen artists who starred in the show.
Grupo Produce Comunicación was in charge of the production and its 75 performances. The Mexican company offers production services for corporate and government events, AV productions and video mapping, among other services.
UK - Eaton has announced it will pursue a spin-off of its lighting business in order to create an independent, publicly traded company.
The transaction is set to complete by the end of 2019 and would create one of the largest global lighting companies.
Included in the spin-off are UK brands Zero 88, iLight and Greengate as well as Eaton’s global airport lighting business and mains lighting and intrusion systems operations. The Crouse-Hinds Industrial Lighting business and Life Safety Division’s emergency lighting product lines in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will remain with Eaton.
According to Eaton Lighting Systems MD Simon Sparrow, the move “better positions the lighting business to respond to evolving industry and customer needs; enables Lighting to compete more effectively across its diverse end-markets; and enhances Eaton’s ability to focus investments in its core businesses.”
Over the next few months, Eaton will be working to finalise the transaction and ensure a smooth transition for its employees, customers and business partners, but the company assures it will be “business as usual” for all in the meantime.
Eaton says customers can contact their sales representative with any questions related to this announcement or any on-going business relationships.
UK - Flare is a busy and successful UK-based event lighting, visuals and technical specialist which was established by designers Ben Cash and David Amos in 2008. The company has invested heavily in Astera’s battery powered wireless LED products in the last 18 months and has over 100 x AX3 LiteDrops in stock which are used in a multiplicity of ways on most of their projects.
Ben Cash explained that they originally started looking at the very compact AX3s to use as table centres - covered by an opaque dome - for the assorted corporate and gala dinner events that they supply. This is an application for which they needed a great looking, reliable and long-lasting LED product that was battery powered and could be easily wirelessly operated. The AX3s proved a perfect solution.
Ben and the team also soon discovered that the AX3s could be used elsewhere at events and gigs, for all kinds of set and environmental dressing, highlighting and texturing.
Flare frequently work - drawing and programming - with lighting designer Rob Sinclair (Kylie Minogue, Kygo, Clean Bandit, David Byrne, and many more), and in summer 2017 they re-lit a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Starlight Express in Bochem, Germany, using some AX3s ensconced in the set. “They are great even in certain typically theatrical contexts” commented Rob.
He’s also used them as band footlights on high-profile charity fundraisers at venues like London’s Roundhouse, which have featured performances by a succession of famous artists, and he’s also used them for ligh
UK - The Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire, is one of the UK's best-preserved examples of Industrial Revolution-era architecture. A recent comprehensive renovation of the premises has given its courtyard a renewed purpose of an exchange for the arts, culture and music.
One of the events making use of the transformed Piece Hall courtyard is the Spiegeltent - a pop-up live venue akin to a circus big top, which caters to a varied musical programme in the run up to the festive season. For the most recent incarnation, which included a mix of bands, cabaret and comedy, in addition to headlining musical acts such as Gary Delaney, Yorkshire-based Sound & Light UK LTD integrated 10 Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash and 10 Rogue R1 Beam fixtures into their lighting rig.
Given the wide spectrum of performances taking place during the three-week festival, Sound & Light UK was tasked with providing illumination for a multitude of possible stage setups - from classic rock and roll, to more precise visuals for stand-up comedy and cabaret shows. The interplay between the Rogue R1 Beam and R2 Wash fixtures, flown from above stage trussing, gave Sound & Light the necessary breadth of visual expression required.
Drawing on the 19 (15W) RGBW quad-LED source of the Rogue R2 Wash fixture, Chris Bottomley and his team were able to deploy a visually engaging blanket of saturated colour to create emotive and energetic supporting visuals for the musical performances.
"The R2 Wash is an incredibly versatile fixture," comments Bottomley. "In addition
Japan - French LED lighting manufacturer Ayrton has appointed PRG K.K. as its exclusive distributor for Japan.
A subsidiary of Production Resource Group (PRG), PRG K.K. is a leading production service provider for the entertainment industry. Its core markets include concert tours, theatre, TV, theme parks, commercial and education facilities, whilst among its clients are event organisers, promoters, and TV and theatre producers.
Jerad Garza, international sales for Ayrton, comments: “We are delighted to welcome PRG K.K. as our new partner in Japan. Their energy and approach to the market combined with their customer focus and Ayrton’s philosophy of ‘Smaller, Lighter and Brighter’ is a great fit, and we cannot wait to see positive things happening.”
PRG K.K.’s Yuji Tanaka adds: “We chose to become an Ayrton distributor because their renewed focus on an innovative, lightweight and quality product line is an excellent fit for the Japanese marketplace.
“Ayrton already has a well-established reputation for its effects lighting fixtures. We aim to develop that perception further in the Japanese market so the Ayrton brand becomes synonymous with high quality, high performance moving lights. New fixtures such as Ghibli, Khamsin, Bora, Mistral, and now Diablo and Levante, will be readily available and fully supported for our customers.”
John Swain, PRG’s CEO of Asia and Australia, concludes: “PRG is very excited to be a part of this next level in our relationship with Ayrton. We recognised the innovative solutions that Ayrt
UK - Callum Wachowski has joined Fiend Productions to provide a primary point of contact for rental enquires. Callum, who is also principal at Rugby-based dry hire and event production company Genius Bros, will bring his knowledge of lighting, rigging and video equipment and projects to the Fiend Productions team.
Jess Mathews, Fiend’s MD comments: “Callum has joined us at a time of investment and growth for the business. We are building on our stock of MA and Avolites control equipment, wide range of intelligent lighting fixtures and LED screen this year and Callum’s arrival will help us provide a knowledgeable and consistent contact for our customers.”
USA - In 2018, The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and its winter attraction The Polar Express hoped to increase their production value and add additional safety lighting to the Bryson City train depot.
With the help of local lighting designer Chris Speer at SpeerC Consulting, Great Smoky Mountain Railroad sought out Bandit Lites to provide fixtures, show control and integration for their project. Chris and Bandit’s team worked together to retrofit existing street lamps with a RGBW LED source. The existing poles were mounted at 30’-50’ intervals, challenging the designers to find a LED that was wide and bright enough to provide even coverage for the entire train depot.
“Safety at the train depot was our number one priority,” says Andrew Fisher of Bandit Lites sales and installations. “Guests board and deboard at the Bryson City depot, and any dark spots could be hazardous to patrons. We couldn’t just swap the existing lighting for a basic LED colour-changing par, we needed fixtures that were wide, bright, and colourful.”
The team turned to Cameo Lighting and Adam Hall North America and their recently released Zenit W600 which packs 21,000 lumens of RGBW output, as well as the IP65 rating needed for harsh winters in the mountains. “The swappable lenses added additional value to our designer Chris Speer,” says Fisher. “The lensing is kept in place via powerful magnets, and he was able to adjust beam spreads on-the spot during the focus call. The Cameo W600’s were able to wash 2000 feet of train depot, with only 20 fixtures.”
UK - When Circus 1903 - the Golden Age of Circus visited London’s Royal Festival Hall over the Christmas period, its performers and life-size puppet elephants were lit by lighting designer Paul Smith, using 26 VL2600 Wash fixtures from Vari-Lite.
Smith declared himself a fan of the new luminaire, impressed by its compact size, first-class framing and versatile zoom capabilities, among other fine performance features.
Supplied by Siyan, the VL2600 Washes delivered “the best-looking version of the show that we’ve had so far – certainly the one that I’m happiest with”, says Smith.
The compact LED fixtures delivered a number of immediate advantages. “By switching to the much more compact fixture we’ve gained extra floor space,” he says. “We’ve also replaced the heavier wash fixtures overhead, which is a great as it’s quite a weight-restricted show.”
Smith was also delighted by the VL2600 Wash’s internal framing system. “I was absolutely blown away by the shuttering – I’ve never seen a moving wash with barn-doors that work this well. It was like using a bladed profile, but with a perfect, soft edge,” he says. “That was the big break-through on this show. I can shutter down to insanely narrow corridors of light which, in lighting a circus format, is perfect.”
The framing allowed Smith to visually segment the performance area, keeping the audience focused on the action. “I can separate out areas with intensity and colour, and I can put the light precisely where I need it, rather than having to re
The Netherlands - Creative design practice Painting with Light was behind the delivery of the live performance show on the Panasonic stand at the 2019 Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) expo in Amsterdam.
Under the creative direction of Luc Peumans, for the third consecutive year, the Painting with Light team presented a specially-choreographed five-minute dance show, complete with bespoke video content and a special soundtrack for which they commissioned Frank de Wulf to direct - and sourced two dancers from the Véronique Lenaers school of ballet.
This showcased some of Panasonic’s latest technologies, including the new ET-D3LEF70 high resolution fisheye lenses for immersive projection applications and a new technical collaboration between Panasonic and AV Stumpfl, which has resulted in the development of their Pixera media server.
The fast-paced, colourful and eye-catching show was based around projecting onto an inflatable dome structure, to show the flexibility and mapping and shaping capabilities of the kit.
The video content produced by Painting with Light illustrated the strength of Panasonic’s video technology in various sectors, from stages, live events, sporting fixtures to theatre and television and performance shows.
Five projectors covered the full inside area of the Dome’s concave roof, two more did the exterior ‘lip’ of the arch and the two dancers who wore flesh costumes which were video mapped with content from another machine positioned in front of the performance area.
Five Panasonic PT-RQ22K 20,000lm pr
UK - WORK PRO’s versatile LightShark DMX-based hardware lighting console is making life on the road easier for PA and lighting company Black Cat Audio, which is currently deploying the console on the theatre show Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook.
With a hectic UK touring schedule to contend with, Black Cat Audio needed a small footprint lighting console that was quick to set up, easy to use and capable of dealing with a wide variety of venues - from 350-seater arts centres to large 2,000 capacity theatres.
“We looked at a number of alternatives but the LightShark console was the only one that ticked all the right boxes,” says Black Cat Audio’s technical director Adey Osbourne. “It has a lot of interesting features that we really like, such as a proper hardware unit with faders and built in software so that you don’t have to download anything to a computer. But what really sold it to us was having a core that can be controlled from a laptop, tablet or even an iPhone. It is perfect for a medium-sized touring show because it isn’t too large or too complex to operate.”
Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook is a live concert performance, celebrating the music of the singer-songwriter. Conceived and produced by Chameleon Music Marketing, the show features Katie Markham leading a six-piece band through Adele’s hits.
The show faithfully recreates Adele’s three record-breaking albums 19, 21 and 25. It also pays homage to some of Adele’s musical heroes, from Etta James to George Michael, via
UK - Establishing themselves amongst today’s most in-demand deep house acts, Gorgon City have enjoyed considerable success in recent years with their signature blend of electronic, bass-driven anthems, including Ready For Your Love and Real Life.
Based around North London production duo Kye ‘Foamo’ Gibbon and Matt ‘RackNRuin’ Robson-Scott, the extended live Gorgon City experience gained many more new fans when they hit the highway in January and February for a short tour of the UK and Ireland, with lighting designer Andy Emmerson counting on Entec for his essential lighting package.
After relying on a variety of rental sources for a recent American trek, the act turned to Entec to furnish their Escape tour which began at Newcastle’s O2 Academy, continuing in Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol, Dublin and peaking at the 3,000-capacity Printworks event space in south-east London on 8 February.
“We travelled with a fairly compact rig and I didn’t have the luxury of a tech, so that partially informed my kit choices,” says Emmerson, a long-time Entec associate. “It was all down to me to load it in every day and re-program each house rig, which naturally differed from gig to gig.”
Running one universe from an Avolites Tiger Touch and fader wing, he specified a floor package of six Claypaky A.leda B-EYE K20s, six Solaris Flares and four Robe Pointes. “Although the choices were minimal, what I had at my disposal was a versatile range of kit that offered a lot of creative scope when supplementing the house lighting.
Italy - Music & Lights has welcomed Paolo Albani as international sales manager.
He brings 20 years of experience gained from working for reputable companies throughout the lighting industry and will “play an important role in the commercial developmental strategy of Music & Lights”.
Fabio Sorabella, MD for M&L comments: “Paolo has both commercial professionalism and technical expertise. We are glad to have him on our team and I am sure that his experience in the field will help our commercial development projects and will help to strengthen the Music & Lights brands around the globe”
On his new role, Albani explains: "Wherever I turn in this industry I keep meeting more and more people who have been very happy with their dealings with Music & Lights - nationally and internationally, as customer or distributor. It was enough to see the dedication of the people working in the new HQ and talk with the management to understand the reasons for this. Inside Music & Lights you can observe first-hand the innovation, quality and outstanding customer-oriented service. I believe in the world we live in and the market we find ourselves in, it is not enough to simply have good and reliable products. In order to stand out, a company has to be innovative in its offerings and service, and Music & Lights has really got a lot to say about that. I am confident in the team and the M&L vision and am sure that we will be making some waves in the near future."
UK - Grant Smith has joined Robe UK as sales manager for the northeast of England.
Based in Leeds, Smith will be complementing the already very proactive work of Robe’s Ian Brown, Bill Jones and Ashley Lewis, and Robe UK MD Mick Hannaford is “delighted” to have him onboard.
Smith studied English Literature at Liverpool University and enjoyed several summers of work experience rigging stages and roofs at festivals and events all around the UK. He has previously worked at Summit Steel, Neg Earth and AC Lighting, where he remained for nearly 17 years.
UAE - ETC and its regional partner Oasis Enterprises are heading to CABSAT, held on 12-14 March at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Visitors to the trade show will have the opportunity to see ETC’s latest lighting and broadcast-friendly product range as well as demonstrations in a studio-style set up in room Hatta-G. This will include ETC’s flagship lighting control desk, Eos Ti, Source Four LED Series 2 Lustr array and ColorSource Pearl lighting fixtures.
The Eos Ti’s operating system hosts powerful magic sheets, easy-to-navigate software and the large-format multi-touch displays with a substantial programming surface. Source Four LED Series 2 Daylight HD and Tungsten HD luminaires will also be on display at the event.
In Hall 2 (C2-10) alongside Oasis Enterprises, ETC will showcase further products including an EchoTouch controller, Gio @5 console and Irideon FPZ and ColorSource CYC lighting fixtures.
High End Systems’ Road Hog 4 and the SolaFrame 750 will also be on display at CABSAT this year.