Pulse Lighting taps Ayrton Ghibli™ and Mistral™ fixtures for Jason Isbell
Americana rocker Jason Isbell recently completed a six-night residency at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and Pulse Lighting’s Ayrton Ghibli™ and Mistral™ fixtures helped light up Isbell’s shows. Mikey Cummings, head of the design team at Pulse Lighting’s Nashville office, is also the lighting designer for Jason Isbell. “I was really impressed by the Ghibli,” says Paul Hoffman, owner of Pulse Lighting. “I came from a position of extreme scepticism when it came to LEDs in general. Their quality of light hasn’t been the same as traditional sources. I’d seen other LED profiles before the Ghibli, but Ghibli was the first whose level of quality was such that I was ready to buy it. In my opinion, it’s the first LED profile worth its salt. “I was impressed with Mistral for all the same reasons, plus it’s smaller and lighter for our more costconscious bands,” he adds.
“I’m very bullish on the success of that fixture.” The design for Jason Isbell’s Ryman residency was centred around his personal anchorand- sparrow logo. An active set piece featured the crest illuminated by 20 universes of LED tape lights and incandescent lights. “Everything radiated from that set piece,” Cummings says. He positioned four Ghiblis upstage and six more midstage, while the Ryman house fixtures included 18 Ghiblis in the grid. Cummings also mounted six Mistrals on ladders upstage and six on the floor towers. Depending on the song, the Ayrton fixtures provided band back and side lighting as well as effects lighting. “We like to use fixtures of different wattages to add texture to a show, and the Ghiblis and Mistrals worked very well together. You couldn’t tell the difference between them on camera – they looked great, Cummings says.