When â€œYanni Voicesâ€? began its 51-city tour of the US and Canada last spring a pair of grandMA2 consoles went along to program video and lighting for the visually-compelling live concert series. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of grandMA in North America.
An internationally known recording artist, Yanni was accompanied by a global array of performers on the tour, including Chloe, Ender Thomas, Leslie Mills and Nathan Pacheco. â€œYanni Voicesâ€? will resume with engagements in Mexico and South America later this year.
Lighting & Video Director Gary Westcott, together with Wally Lees programming lighting was initially hired to put together video clips to be projected as part of Roy Bennettâ€™s lighting design for the TV show, â€œYanni Voices in Acapulco.â€? â€œThe producers liked Royâ€™s design so much that they decided to modify it slightly and take it on tour,â€? says Westcott. â€œSo the original programmer Wally Lees and I used the grandMA to reprogram the lighting and video to accommodate those changes and the addition of more lighting fixtures. â€˜Yanni Voicesâ€™ is a very theatrical show with a lot going on; itâ€™s a very big production.â€?
At the forefront of Bennettâ€™s dynamic lighting and Westcottâ€™s innovative collage of video imagery â€“ the Taj Mahal, graceful archways, Buddhist and Hindu statuary, the Great Wall of China, African landscapes â€“ and bold graphic patterns were panels of LSI Industriesâ€™ V-Lite supplied by Nocturne Productions. A unique solid-state product, V-Lite enables shows to create a high-quality 28mm see-thru video screen with no visible wires. The lightweight, modular system is quick and easy to set up for touring productions.
â€œI ran two grandMAs separately to program the video and lighting,â€? he continues. â€œBut for the show one grandMA ran the other; 70 percent of the cues were on timecode and the rest were operator-controlled at the opening and close of the show.â€?
Westcott & Lees had programmed the original TV show in Acapulco on a grandMA1 system but changed over to the grandMA2 for the tour with those systems running under emulation of grandMA1 software.
â€œI was very excited to use the new console,â€? he reports. â€œAnd I love all its bells and whistles. I like the new button layout; the whole texture and feel of the console is very good. It also offers 10 more faders, which are something Iâ€™ve always wanted. It feels very modern and the displays are so much better, too: The larger monitor and multi-touch are a much needed development.
â€œAll these features combine to make the grandMA a leading console in the lighting arena,â€? he concludes.
Upstaging supplied the lighting package for the tour.
â€œGary Westcott is a very accomplished lighting & video director. When you combine his art and sensibility with a Roy Bennett lighting design, you get something very special,â€? comments A.C.T Lighting President and CEO Bob Gordon. â€œIn this instance, you get tightly cued show that is both gorgeous and inspiring. I am very proud that the grandMA is the console of choice for Roy, Wally and Gary and I am more pleased that they chose the Series 2 for this tour.â€?
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