Avraham Tal plays Robe on tour
Israeli singer / songwriter Avraham Tal’s 2019 tour takes a more electronic clubby vibe than previously, and with that, he wanted fresh input on the lighting front and a spec including Robe MegaPointes, Spiiders and BMFL Spots. Co designers Eran Klein & Omer Israeli of Cochavi and Klein Light Architects proposed a scheme – including Robe moving lights which was chosen to help explore and develop this idea and these new directions for the stage presentation. They and Omer Israeli are all great fans of Robe technology and share a great synergy which helped produce something special for this tour, together with input from Madrix programmer and tour LD / operator, Naor Bonomo. A major part of this creative chemistry was focused on finding a new way of syncing lighting and video with elements of the music, utilizing MIDI over Ethernet into the grandMA2 lighting console via a magic little ‘boom box’ device that Naor spec’d and programmed.
The lighting console also triggers the Madrix controller running the mapping on the LED tubes. This way, when Avraham plays his Ableton MIDI Push “piano” for example, different notes can be paired with different lighting effects, allowing him to literally ‘play’ the lights. The lighting rig includes the 18 x Spiiders rigged above the main section of the stage and BMFL spots stationed upstage denoting the back of the set plus another five BMFL Spots on the front truss provide the main front key lighting. Four BMFL Spots on the floor at the back shoot through the band, the LED tube wall and the rest of the set. Seven Robe MegaPointes are positioned directly above the band for individual key lighting, and three for back lighting Avraham. Another two MegaPointes are positioned on each side of the stage to make the stage space appear a bit wider and to backlight guest musicians. Cochavi & Klein designed the set. The production manager is Lihi Gindin, the lighting director is Ziv Holtzman and the project manager is Dor Aichner. Sound is designed by FOH engineer Amotz Nachmany. Lighting and sound equipment is being supplied by Hakol Bakol, with some of the Robe and the Jorgos fixtures supplied by Danor Theatre & Studio Systems and the LED tubes & Madrix from KO. Pixel Studio created the video content.