Cristiano Grassini had two jobs on at the festival, the first was as a PA system technician during the preparation of Umbria Jazz with Adamson Europe GmbH’s Jochen Sommer, and the second, as FOH manager of the Arena Santa Giuliana stage throughout the festival. ‘
“As a system tech, I can say that I thought it was impossible to hang 12 cabinets in such a short time, and above all with very minimal physical effort,” Grassini explains. “The ability to set the degrees between the cabinets before they are hung, and the ease of use of the new system reduce the time required for learning, and the risk of error as well. The Autolock rigging system makes the process of hanging a rig a pleasant experience.”
When it comes to questions about how the new Energia system does its job, Grassini answers as his second job, which is the FOH Sound Engineer and Production Assistant to visiting engineers, who took turns mixing artists for 12 days at Arena Santa Giuliana.
He says, “I was amazed by the linearity on the two axes, precise directivity, and the incredible power available.”
The many sound engineers who mixed on the E15 system during the festival included the engineers for Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Pat Methany, Sting, Esperanza Spalding, and Erykah Badu to name a few.
“The engineers were impressed by how the entire arena was covered. The linearity of the system enabled them to mix at FOH position knowing that the entire audience would be listening to the same result in every corner of the arena,” Grassini continues. “The abundant energy available allowed myself and all engineers to mix at FOH position without having to undermine the system. I would consider this experience with the E15’s much more than just positive, as it allowed me to tackle this important festival without any difficulty.”
Festival founder and Umbria Jazz Clinic Chairman Carlo Pagnotta is very happy with the results: “Since Angelo was put in charge of the Santa Giuliana Arena we’ve not had any audio problems, faults or badly staged shows, as used to happen before. Whilst Angelo has been in the technical organisation of Umbria Jazz, he continues to improve the manner in which the audio reaches the audience, although it is always impeccable.”