L-Acoustics deployed for Himalayas concert
INDIA: Sound and Light Professionals (SNL Pro) debuted its brand new L-Acoustics K1 rig for the recent Zubin Mehta/Bavarian State Orchestra event, which was held in the foothills of the Himalayas in the town of Srinagar. The concert was televised live in 32 countries, live streamed on YouTube and filmed in HD for a future concert DVD.
Srinagar had not witnessed any official form of cultural activity since a cricket match in 1983, making this a much-anticipated concert. Nearly 2,000 guests attended the event, hosted by the German Embassy in the Shalimar Gardens in Srinagar.
Mr Mehta is the music director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and is the main conductor for Valencia’s Opera House. It was Mr Mehta’s lifelong dream to perform the Shalimar Gardens, which is over 500m in length with natural waters running through the garden and then entering into the Dal Lake.
A 19th century Mughal house was chosen as the backdrop, providing many additional challenges with the stage needing to be constructed across many different levels for the orchestra.
The main array only had to cover 65m as the concert was for a very select audience. When the final venue layout was decided upon for this event it was sent to system engineer Bruce Rodericks, who used Soundvision to predict the required inventory.
Two K1-SBs were flown either side in throw mode over six K1s, and two SB28s either side with three pairs of L-Acoustics 115XT HiQs as front-fills were all that was required to achieve an even coverage for the outdoor location. Four LA-RAKs powered the system with three LA8s in each controlled by the LA Network.
Jakob Palfrader, the front of house engineer for the Bavarian State Orchestra, was said to have been ‘very pleased’ to see the L-Acoustics K1. A last minute surprise addition to the event was a group of Kashmiri musicians who joined the Bavarian State Orchestra on stage and delivered a fusion performance called Haftrang, which was only rehearsed one day prior to the show.
‘Once the orchestra performed in its full glory conducted by the maestro Zubin Mehta it was a truly magical evening and one of the many landmark events that the SNL Pro team is proud to be a part of,’ said a spokesperson from SNL Pro.