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On Stage Awards 2016, Clay Paky lights the best live music!
Lighting Designer
Giovanni Pinna
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Italy – The 2016 On Stage Awards for best live music were assigned during a ceremony held on 18 March, which was broadcast on Rai 2 and Italian Radio 2. The hosts of the Tim Music On Stage Awards 2016 were Nicola Savino and the singer Malika Ayane, for the first time in the role of presenter.

The viewers and listeners voted on the Internet for the best Italian and international leading artists who performed in major concerts, tours and festivals held in Italy during the year. Their votes were combined with the decision of a jury of experts.

The spectacular live event was illuminated with Clay Paky lights on a rig set up by lighting designer Giovanni Pinna: 62 Mythos units, 32 Sharpys and 8 Alpha Beam 700s.

“The Mythos units are really very versatile. I used them as the main fixtures on the lighting rig to illuminate both the audience and the stage. They were the most used lights: the ones that created the greatest number of lighting scenes. At least forty of them were focused on the stage.”

The Mythos is the most advanced kind of hybrid light, one which works in its different modes without compromise. They were essential for this event, since it was broadcast on television with a very basic set design enhanced with a widespread use of video.

“I placed the other Mythos units on battens, wherever they were needed, to fill and exploit the third dimension to the full and enhance the stage area with more options, especially for the TV, where backgrounds are so important for the shots. Having lights scattered everywhere improves the television image a lot. There is nothing worse than a close-up or full length shot with nothing behind the artist.”

The Mythos is a great spotlight which produces an extraordinary, large beam, with perfectly sharp edges and a highly adjustable zoom.

“The light from the Sharpys on the other hand was useful mainly to illuminate the hall/stalls, where I spread them out around a special horseshoe-shaped structure found in the East End Studios in Milan, like in a theatre … a bit like inside an arena.”

Four hundred square metres (480 square yards) of video wall emits a lot of brightness, which it is hard to counter with light. However, Clay Paky lights always hit the mark. They are powerful and able to stand out even against video.

The problem was elegantly solved with a large battery of lights used to produce super-concentrated ACL beams, perfectly visible even on the brightest sets.

“I placed the Alpha Beam 700s on the ground as backlighting in order to create and shape beams and dynamic projections in midair.”