Lighting Designer, Joel Reiff has tapped 28 Ayrton Domino Profiles as his “workhorse” fixture for Counting Crows’ 56-date summer tour across the US, which he programmed on a grandMA3 console.
The band kicked off their Banshee Season Tour in June in Omaha and will wrap with a show at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado on 25 September. Upstaging provided the Dominos and grandMA3 consoles for the tour.
“I like to emphasise the music in my lighting design and not take the audience’s eyes away from what the band is doing on stage and what they’re hearing. As my spot fixtures the Dominos get the brunt of the looks and take the majority of the punch. Eight are on the downstage for key lighting with the rest mid- and upstage to light the stage,” explained Reiff.
The Banshee Season Tour marked Reiff’s first time using Dominos. “Upstaging introduced me to the fixture, and I trusted them when they said these lights will work for you. They are doing very well on the tour, and I will consider using them in future,” Reiff commented.
Reiff is a longtime grandMA user and has a pair of grandMA3 light consoles on the tour as active and back up systems. He programmed the show’s lighting and Sceptron video elements on a grandMA3 light. “grandMA is my console of choice, the one I’ve been most comfortable with since I started using the original console,” Reiff continued. “I loved the grandMA2 and now the grandMA3 is a natural progression of the system with better hardware and screens.”
He gives kudos to Upstaging where John Bahnick, Rich Locklin and Tony Thompson were his chief contacts. “Upstaging is a great company, and I try to work with them whenever I can,” he concluded.
ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton fixtures and MA lighting products in North America.