One of the features of Matt’s lighting is a very special effect created with 24 Robe ROBIN 600 LEDWashes ensconced below the orchestra risers onstage.
The fixtures, along with trucking, video and other equipment for the tour, are provided by Upstaging, Inc. of Sycamore, IL.
With a large video screen dominating the visual horizon behind the orchestra risers, Matt wanted to find a way of creating a different style of rear lighting behind Il Divo during the show to maintain the depth and integrity of the stage architecture. This is where the LEDWash 600s come in, producing a whole new beautiful under stage ‘o-zone’ of rich light that keeps everything three dimensional and well defined.
Matt had previously used LEDWash 600s on a couple of occasions, and was impressed with them as standard wash lights, but had not considered using them in this specific context.
Before the main ‘Wicked Game’ tour started – in the UK where lighting was supplied by rental company HSL – he conducted some lengthy shoot-outs to find the optimum lightsource for the effect he had in mind. At this stage, it became “Obvious that no other light was right for the job”.
He likes the immense palette of colours available with the LEDWash 600s, together with the full range of fine pastels, and thinks the whites are “Fantastic”. He also appreciates the intensity and speed of the fixtures.
Using the 15 – 60 degree zoom at its widest has also given him the opportunity of discovering an interesting quirk, whereby you can point them directly at the audience and pump out really high intensities which have an immersive, resonating effect - just because the optical path for the lightsource is so wide.
This is what he’s nick-named his ‘o-zone’ effect.
Matt operates the LEDWash 600s and the rest of the lighting rig from a full-sized grandMA console.
The North American leg of the tour continues until the end of August playing everything from 20,000 capacity ice hockey arenas to small-to-medium sized town theatres, allowing the flexibility and adaptability of Matt’s design to flourish.