Ibrahim Marouf uses NEXO GEO M12 for innovative live performances
The award-winning Lebanese jazz trumpeter and pianist Ibrahim Marouf gave an innovative live performance. The stage is set in the historic Nimes Colosseum, a huge Roman amphitheater in the south of France. Marouf's work uses a high-profile mobile NEXO sound system to create an immersive sound field in which a concert is recorded for future multichannel playback.
After months of blockade that caused heavy losses to the live music industry, Ibrahim Marouf decided to perform again. This famous trumpeter and pianist enjoys a high reputation in the jazz and world music circles, has won many awards, is also a composer of film music, and serves as a guest artist for many famous people, such as Matthew Cheddy, Melodi Gardet and Sting. He chose the Nimes Arena as the venue for an intimate concert in a vast space.
Nimes is one of the best preserved Colosseum in the world and one of the largest, 133m long and 101m wide, with two-story arcades. It has a long history as a venue for holding live concerts. However, the current epidemic prevention safety restrictions mean that it is impossible for him to have a live audience. So he chose Oleo Pictures, which has made hundreds of jazz films, and invited its boss, Samuel Tibart, to make a concert film for him to broadcast on Quincy Jones' video-on-demand platform Qwest TV.
Photographing famous buildings in southern France in summer natural light, the main performers (Marouf as trumpeter and Francois Delport as guitarist) move around the arena, from the balcony to the highest arcade to the center of the arena, where a choir of 100 children and a brass band of 100 musicians accompany each other, 1.5m apart. The director avoids obvious technical traces as far as possible and ensures that the stage, trusses, lamps and professional audio equipment are kept away from the camera.
Nicholas Poitrano of Herisson.tv was hired by Oleo Pictures as a recording and tuning engineer. "my first idea was to make a recording for the movie. But after talking to Lionette, the speaker engineer at Ibrahim Marouf's tour, I learned that performers need the space and feel of a live concert. Samuel Tibart asked us to create an immersive sound field that allows us to record and use multiple channels in the future. "
Potrenau realized that so many singers and musicians could not perform in a large space without listening. "We decided to hire a sound reinforcement system for this project. I contacted TEXEN to provide equipment and got help from NEXO and Bertrand Billon from engineering support. We asked them to provide a multi-functional and powerful on-site sound reinforcement system that can be easily moved and deployed and keep the site beautiful with minimal footprint. "
TEXEN deployed NEXO GEO M12 speakers and placed three on two ultra-low frequency MSUB18 to create a highly mobile sound reinforcement system consisting of a stack of small and powerful pedestal speakers and controlled by Yamaha CL5 digital mixer. All devices are powered by NXAMPmk2 equipped with Dante network cards. Potrenau also needed a decentralized monitoring system for choirs and brass bands, so TEXEN deployed the ultra-compact NEXO ID24 on a small microphone rack that surrounds the choir. NEXO's new point source P8 speakers are used for remote stage monitoring and sound reinforcement, while P12 is used for monitoring two major performers.
Bertrand Billon said: "this is an excellent opportunity to showcase the NEXO sound reinforcement solution, we use all the technology, from large and small, point source speakers to powerful and compact line array speakers. In order to keep the stage as clean as possible, long cables need to be laid from a distant rack. Due to epidemic prevention restrictions, our members are quite small, so we have to merge into a working group to manage sound reinforcement, monitoring and frequent system migration. TEXEN is the perfect partner for this project. "
The film will be released in November and broadcast on Qwest TV to coincide with the release of Ibrahim Marouf's new album.