grandMA2 travels with Bruno Mars
Lighting designers Cory FitzGerald and Roy Bennett rely on two grandMA2 full-size consoles.
Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars has been getting best reviews for his “Moonshine Jungle” tour, which will continue to play dates around the world through March 2014 and takes 2 x grandMA2 full-size consoles on the road.
“We were tasked with creating a world for Bruno and his band to inhabit,” says lighting designer Cory FitzGerald who co-designed the tour with Roy Bennett.
“Bruno has a lot of sounds and pushes past a lot of genres, so he needed an environment that would accommodate all his music. The lighting fixtures help a lot with that. We have 276 panels of Chromlech Elidy, 42 Clay Paky Sharpy Washes and about 80 Clay Paky Sharpy beams plus two grandMA2 full-size units – and we’re very happy with the rig.”
Controlling the full complement of almost 8,000 lighting 'fixtures' on the show are two grandMA2 full-size units with 6 MA NPU (Network Processing Unit) and “lots of universes,” says Fitzgerald. “We have 16 universes of just Elidy fixtures. We’re running all the video servers via Art-Net - grandMA2 has the ability to scale that big. Although grandMA2 is standard these days for shows, it’s still amazing. It’s working as expected with no surprises. It’s great to have a console I can rely on to handle everything so well.”