Italian Culture at its Best: grandMA2 Joins Luciano Ligabue

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The popular Italian artist Luciano Ligabue recently played six dates in the spectacular Arena of Verona, all of them sold-out and greatly acclaimed. “A rather varied and complex concert” reported Jò Campana, who has been Ligabue’s trusted lighting designer for many years. “A defining element is certainly the 70-strong classical orchestra that plays along with the rock band, resulting in an interesting twist on Luciano’s style”.

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The different soundscape required a different approach to lighting, and for lighting control, Campana used 2 x grandMA2 light and 1 x MA NPU (Network Processing Unit).

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Campana explains: “We already played 10 gigs in the arena back in 2009, so luckily I knew the location: aesthetically clean, essential, stylistically austere. Let’s not forget this is a Roman amphitheatre dating back to the 1st century AD!

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“My aim was therefore to echo certain classical guidelines in the lighting design. I believe life and work decisions must have a solid ground underneath, and therefore I knew straight away that the whole lighting set-up had to be managed by a grandMA2 console. This has been a recurring choice throughout my career, and MA Lighting is my go-to brand.”

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“I am convinced that this is the only brand on the market that can offer me real guarantees, versatility and constant efficiency. On this very occasion I knew I was going to have little time for testing and setting up the show, and I prepared as much of the work as possible ‘virtually’ in the weeks before. Notwithstanding these limitations, thanks to grandMA2 onPC, I could carry out the task to the best of my abilities.

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Agorà delivered the lighting equipment. Molpass is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting in Italy.

MA Lighting International, based in Paderborn, Germany, is the dedicated sales, support and service entity for the renowned control systems, digital dimming systems, networking tools and media servers of MA Lighting Technology, based near Wuerzburg, Germany. The product range offers cutting-edge solutions for control and dimming, including the award-winning grandMA2 consoles, the MA onPC command wing and MA onPC fader wing and reliable digital dimmer racks and packs. With its innovative MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) MA bridges the lighting and video worlds.

Today, MA Lighting is respected for its technical knowledge and has achieved a unique international reputation for its operational philosophy. The company offers more than 30 years experience and strictly follows a professional user-centric approach, getting as close as possible to the market via its own international offices and support centres in the UK, North America, Latin America, the Middle East/India, Asia Pacific and Scandinavia/Eastern Europe/Russia – supported by a world-wide distribution and service network.

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