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David Bisbal lit by Robe
Barcelona based lighting designer Ezequiel Gomez has worked on Spanish singer David Bisbal’s latest ‘Hijos del Mar’ tour. He chose Robe for the majority of the moving lights with Spiiders, Pointes and LEDWash 300s as key fixtures on the rig.
Gomez has been working for the artist since 2009. The stage and scenic design for this tour was a collaborative between the artist himself, Brian Sellei from Menos que Cero, Universal Music, Barcelona based LED specialists Ledscontrol and performing arts collective SomosLuz (We Are Light) of which Gomez is a member.
Ledscontrol presented the initial ideas from which the stage look evolved, coming up with an idea to have partially enclosed LED ‘cabinets’ for the band risers. Gomez and his team at SomosLuz adapted this and made it a tourable concept. The video was created with direct input from David Bisbal by the SomosLuz video department, headed by Lucas Averbuj.
The 24 x Pointes, 24 x Spiiders and 36 x LEDWash 300s were positioned on five trusses which wrapped around the back and sides of the stage and were also used for rigging a series of 4 metre wide by 1 metre high LED video screens.
LX 1 was the most downstage of these trusses and LX 5 the most upstage, the latter rigged with 12 of the Spiiders. LX 4 featured 12 x Pointes, and LX 2 and 3 were both loaded with 6 Pointes and 6 Spiiders alternating. The LEDWash 300s were all on the side trusses.
The LEDWash 300s were used to illuminate the band from that specific angle, applying colour and density across the stage. The Pointes were used extensively in beam and spot mode for numerous effects. The Spiiders were employed for bathing the stage with colours and for back lighting. They capitalised on the zone control features and also the central flower effect as a scenic element to change the nature and perception of the performance space.
The overall visual design for the tour was based - and balanced - across these three elements: the strips of video screen, the lighting and the illuminated LED risers. Ezequiel Gomez programmed the ‘Hijos del Mar’ show during production rehearsals with Caco Garcia and operated it himself on the road.
Lighting equipment for the Spanish leg of the tour was supplied by Spanish rental company Fluge who have purchased all their Robe fixtures from Spanish distributor EES and their lighting crew chief was José Miguel Velázquez. IMAG video cameras were directed by Iván Gárcia Fernández, Antonio Allue was the stage manager, Aitor Sanchez Crespo tour managed and the tour’s production director was Ricardo Yago López.
(Photos: Lucas Averbuj)
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