Russia – Claypaky’s SharBar, the LED-based multi-beam effects light fixture, has been used to great effect on a live concert by popular Russian band, My Michelle, at the Volta Club, Moscow with lighting design by Russian designers David Misakyan and Dmitry Buryak.
Led by singer-songwriter Tanya Tkachuk, the band has enjoyed great success across Russia with its modern, soulful pop sound. For the Volta Club concert, My Michelle’s producer, Pavlo Shevchuk, worked with Misakyan and Buryak to create a ‘cool, club show’ feel for audiences. The design played to the venue’s compact 8m x 6m stage area, with a height of just 4.85m overhead to the stationary truss structures.
Misakyan explains, “When we thought about the production design we wanted something more than just truss warmers and colour washes . . . we needed a fixture suitable for dance pop-music, which would look good in a small club setting. Coincidentally, at that time I was contacted by Aleksey Zhuravlev from Russian rental outfit Global Show Trade (GST) who provided the fixtures for the My Michelle show. Aleksey asked if I was interested in using any new Claypaky SharBars on any projects. This was some luck . . . of course I was interested!
“Thanks to Aleksey, we were able to borrow a SharBar for use during programming, so that we could check the virtual attributes with the real ones. Having the real device was very useful, we knew exactly how fast the pan, tilt and zoom worked. It really helped.”
Consisting of a moving bar of six 30W Osram Ostar RGBW LED luminaires, the SharBar has a 240-degree tilt range. Each of the six luminaires features an individually controllable motorised zoom which can narrow the beam angle to a minimum of 2 degrees, while an internal double mirror system allows each of the six beams to be directed separately.
Misakyan says, “Without its motorised functionality, SharBar is already a quality LED batten. However, being able to set the zoom and have the option of spreading the rays with a fan means you can use the fixture in more creative ways. Using the beams as symmetrical rays creates the effect of a light curtain, and by spreading the rays evenly out to the sides we were able to give the impression that each batten was six individual fixtures.”
The SharBars were complemented by six Claypaky Mythos projectors, positioned on the floor upstage, providing powerful backlighting effects. Misakyan admits to having doubts about the SharBar’s ability to hold its own in such surroundings, but his fears were unfounded.
“We were skeptical about the brightness of the devices,” says Misakyan, “However, in reality, the SharBars were not lost against the background intensity of the standing Mythos fixtures and the production’s LED screen. The SharBars surprised us – the result was stronger than our expectations!”
He adds: “Now, battens with the tilting movement are more common. But no one has such unique options as the SharBar – being able to control the pan and zoom of each beam. With the SharBar, Claypaky has created a new, universal tool with a lot of opportunities for creative ideas.”
David Misakyan is a touring LD for a top Russian rock band Bi-2. He shares his thoughts about lighting design in personal blog misakyan.com. Dmitry Buryak is a LD for TV and live concerts. He is long-term console operator for The Voice Russia.