K-array Brings Sound Reinforcement To Amazon Rainforest

K-array was chosen as the sound reinforcement for the Amazonia Live opening show, held on Saturday 27 August in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Manaus, Brazil.

Professional audio production and rental company Gabisom used two KR202 portable systems to provide complete coverage for the 250-person audience.

Amazonia Live is a social and environmental outreach stemming from the organisers of the Rock In Rio musical festival, with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of the Amazon rainforest and to raise funds to recover vegetation.

“We want this event to shake the world awake, because the Amazon is the heart of the planet and responsible for a fundamental ecologic balance,” said Roberto Medina, creator of the project.

For the opening event the organisers created a floating stage in the form of a leaf in the middle of Negro River where performances by the Amazonas Philharmonic Orchestra, the Amazonas Choir, a rock band featuring Sepultura’s guitarist Andreas Kisser and vocalists Ivete Sangalo and tenor Placido Domingos took place.

“Since the show was made for television, the goal was to create a system that sounds great yet had no visual impact,” explained Peter Racy, Gabisom’s Chief Sound Engineer. Yet the floating stage created several challenges for the rental company. Racy continued: “Reducing the visual impact was difficult because it meant we had to extend all the fibre optic cabling, including AC, underwater for the audio and DMX for the lights.”

Gobos do Brasil represents and distributes K-array products in Brazil.