Following the resounding success of the September concerts in the Arena Centrale
of the Foro Italico in Rome and the two triumphant evenings on live TV on RAI UNO
in October, Baglioni and Morandi have embarked again – by popular demand – on a
bright new adventure around Italy, together with Clay Paky.
I Capitani Coraggiosi (the courageous captains), as they are known, will do a new
series of three-hour concerts, consisting of fifty memorable Italian songs from the
last fifty years. A super group of 21 multi-instrumentalists will perform on an
innovative high-tech stage hosted in the sports halls of various Italian cities.
The challenge the new production team faced was to resume from the show’s Rome
format. Lighting designer Carlo Pastore had the task of explaining the choices the
two artists helped make.
Once you have designed the set you can begin to arrange the orchestra,
instruments and artists, and set up the technical installations, so we asked Carlo
how he started to draw up his lighting design:
“After last year’s experience, we went back to working with a symmetrical stage
and exploiting the horizontal surfaces of terraces, which reach a height of 15 feet
(4.5 metres) at the back of the stage. The vertical front faces of the terraces were
used to fix LED screens. The same step-like configuration was used upside down
above the stage, with more vertical LED display strips placed to cover the battens
on which the lights were hung.’
“So I needed small, space saving lights, which would not block the view of the video
strip behind them. The first choice was conditioned by the size of the light. And I
needed spotlights. I asked for Clay Paky Mythos (26), Sharpy (42) and Alpha Spot
700hpe (40) units,’ said Pastore. “They are compact, lightweight lights. The Alpha
Spot 700hpe is the world’s most compact, lightweight 700W spotlight. It weighs only
48.5 lb (22 kg), and is powerful and quiet! They form a really interesting set of
lights for a continuously moving show,’ he said.
The Mythos is the most highly advanced form of hybrid light. It works in two
different modes without compromises in either.
Pastore was quickly able to deepen his technical knowledge of the Mythos and today
he has no doubt about the light’s pluses: “this hybrid works great. It is exemplary at
high speed, without any imperfections.’
Agora provided the lighting equipment.