MA Lighting earns a spot at Dubai Jazz Festival

grandMAs prove their worth at recent Dubai Jazz Festival.
Dubai Jazz Festival
Dubai Jazz Festival


The recent Dubai Jazz Festival not only featured a stellar line-up of acts including David Gray and James Morrison, it also showcased an impressive lighting presentation conceived and designed by Paul Smith.

Smith put together a lighting rig consisting of 24 Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 1200s and Clay Paky Alpha Wash 1200s respectively, plus a range of Martin moving lights, a plethora of PAR64s and a high-res LED screen fed by two Green Hippo media servers.

Artes supplied the lighting, rigging and staging equipment, while IBS Decor delivered the LED screens and media servers.

For control, Smith relied on a grandMA system solution consisting of a grandMA full-size console, a grandMA light as a backup, an MA NSP (Network Signal Processor) and a laptop running grandMA 3D for pre-programming and show adjustment.

“The requirement was to create a dynamic environment for the wide variety of artists who were performing, ranging from classical Arabic Jazz to R&B to Acid Jazz to Soul,” explains Smith.

“I needed a versatile desk that was familiar to the two visiting LDs – Tom Lesh and Bill Adie, with Liz Berry programming and operating for Bill – as well as a console that enabled me to busk through three acts I had never heard before and one that I only partially knew. Aside from that, the Art-Net output to drive the media servers, and the versatile effects engine meant that the [obvious] choice was a grandMA.”

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