dBS Solutions have had the pleasure of providing lighting and designer for Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and composer Rufus Wainwright who will play 4 highly anticipated UK dates in April 2019 to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of his eponymous debut which first burst him onto the music scene.
Rufus Wainwright, has released eight studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums. He has collaborated with artists ranging from Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell to Burt Bacharach. At the age of 14 he was named Canada’s best young musician and later received the Juno Award for Best Alternative Album. His album “Rufus does Judy” recorded at Carnegie Hall in 2006 was nominated for a Grammy.
His acclaimed first opera, Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009 and has since been presented in London, Toronto and BAM in New York. In 2010 Wainwright was commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony to compose and interpret “Five Shakespeare Sonnets,” a five-movement song cycle that sets Shakespeare’s “Sonnets” to orchestra and voice. They have since been performed worldwide by orchestras including the Chicago and Montreal Symphonies.
dBS Solutions provided a full front of house system for the Manchester show utilizing twenty of our dB Technologies VIO L210 system, VIO x 10 fills, and subs from Martin audio. System Techs Chris Bogg and Rob Parkinson set the system up in no time in the morning before the touring party arrived. “Using Ease Focus 3 to draw up the venue and design the system takes no time at all,” says Chris. ” I was amazed again at the accuracy of the system’s coverage. We had planned to use the in house delay speakers for the gallery however we could have easily done the event without them.” The touring team were very happy with the system and it was a great night with some superb music.