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Chic Concert Illuminated by Clay Paky

November 2015

Nile Rodgers, the guitarist and founder of Chic, performed an evening of disco music at the Lucca Summer Festival with supporting musician, percussionist and drummer Sheila E.


The Italian Lighting Designer Massimo Tomasino, who followed the artist on his 2010 tour, designed the lights and counted on Clay Paky equipment for its reliability and reputation.


He has always been able to find the Clay Paky equipment he has needed to use to reproduce what has already been planned, without approximations.


In every city where the concert was hosted in the UK (London, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham), the production team had no difficulty in procuring the same Clay Paky lights or, at least, equally effective alternatives made by the same manufacturer. 


Tomassino commented: "I am glad Clay Paky is an Italian name since it is highly appreciated abroad.” 


If the Alpha Spot HPE 1200's required were not available, Alpha Spot HPE 700s could effectively replace them, given the light they emit. He put eight Alpha Spot HPE 1200's on the back batten, six on the mid stage batten and six on the ground at the back. 


A total of 18 Alpha Wash 700's were also hung on the battens - six on the back batten, six on the mid stage batten and the remaining six on the ground at the back.


Sharpys were also used - six on a vertical batten at the back of the stage, six on the ground near the backdrop and another four on the ground at the front, to the left and right of the stage.


The concert began with slow moving narrow cones of light from the Sharpys along with introductory music in the background. A narrow beam gobo was inserted into each light to make the light beam even thinner. Even the Alpha Spots on the ground, pointing toward the audience, were fitted with a sunburst gobo and rotated slowly. Clay Paky's lights and lighting effects reproduced the feeling the artist asked for perfectly.


Then, with a start, the notes of songs like Let's Dance, Notorious, Like a Virgin and Good Times filled the air imposingly. Tomassino added: “With Clay Paky lights, I can illuminate creatively and express all that I feel, song by song. I can also make up effects without any problems by adding gobos and colours, and speeding up or slowing down the movements of the lights.”



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