A Nexo Geo T rig was employed at the Montreal Jazz Festival's main stage. Montreal (September 5, 2007)--The 27th Montreal Jazz Festival had some 30 countries represented with 500 concerts over the course of 11 days, attracting over two million attendees. Performers included Bob Dylan, Keith Jarrett, Harry Connick, Jr., Cesaria Evora, Wynton Marsalis, Manu Chao, Zachary Richard and Francis Cabrel, to name a few. On the mainstages were sizable Nexo PA systems.
Hugo Tardif has served as technical director responsible for the outdoor shows at the jazz festival for the last three years, and joins Solotech as one of the two sound department's technical coordinators, along with Daniel Rioux. Solotech again provided production this year for the three-mega stages, along with Nexo products provided by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.
"Many different brands of line arrays were used in the past but were difficult to tune because the location is not a real open field situation," says Tardif. "The Nexo cabinets were much more manageable in this particular situation." After discussing the matter with Yamaha's Michel Trepanier, the opportunity was born.
"When we installed the small, lightweight Geo D and T rigs, everybody was amazed with the power and clarity of the system. To be able to provide such a clear and crisp sounding system was a relief and a blessing for us," Tardif adds. "The lightweight aspect of the Geo T system was also very helpful for the festival's team, as this year, two giant video screens were added, which limited the weight capacity of the mobile stage."
Nexo gear included a Nexo Geo T rig (10 x T4805 and 1 x T2815 with 6 x CD18 per side) for the main stage with Alpha EF side fills on the stage. A Nexo Geo D rig (6 x D10 and 2 x Geo Sub per side) with PS15 fills was used on a second stage, and a Geo S system (7 x S805 and 1 x S830 with 4 x CD12s per side) with PS8 fills was provided for the third stage.
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.