"Jazz on the Danube" with Electro-Voice
Straubing, July 2009Once again, this year’s Jazz an der Donau (“Jazz on the Danube”) festival offered a classy lineup of acts, including world-famous stars Santana and Lee Ritenour, as well as German jazz greats Till Brönner und Klaus Doldinger’s Passport. The renowned performers drew some 10,000 music lovers to Straubing in Lower Bavaria between July 16 and July 19. A team led by Ingo Haasch was responsible for the sound at the festival, and they relied once again on equipment from Electro-Voice.
The centerpiece of the production comprised a combination of XLC and XLE line-array systems from Electro-Voice, driven by TG7 power amplifiers equipped with RCM-26 modules. Xi-2123A/106F loudspeakers accompanied by Xsubs. Xi-1122 loudspeakers driven by CP3000S amplifiers saw action as side- and front-fills.
“The sound quality was singled out for praise by numerous visitors as well as many of the musicians,” says Ralph Huber, Deputy Chairman of Jazz an der Donau e.V. “The sound was powerful and transparent. Every instrument was crystal clear, which was of decisive importance, especially to Klaus Doldinger’s Passport and Richard Galliano.”
Haasch’s sound team not only found the right blend of sound in front of the stage, but also onstage. Wolfgang Haffner, the world-class drummer appearing this year with Till Brönner, explained: “Monitor sound is crucial to the success of a concert because if the musicians can’t hear themselves properly – or other band members are too quiet or too loud – it has a negative impact on the quality of their performances. Fortunately I was totally satisfied with the foldback at this festival.”
Jazz an der Donau 2009 was also a success for Ingo Haasch. “This is now the seventh time we’ve handled this event,” says Haasch. “Naturally the experience accumulated from previous years influences the planning – and our calculations this time proved spot-on. The combination of XLC and XLE systems once again proved extremely flexible, so we were able to do full justice not only to the delicate jazzy sound of Lee Ritenour but also to the powerful, eleven-piece lineup with which Santana took to the stage.”
About the “Jazz on the Danube” festival
Jazz an der Donau is one of Europe’s most important jazz festivals. With acclaimed performances from the likes of Lee Ritenour, Till Brönner, Klaus Doldinger’s Passport, and Shaggy, a total of 10,000 visitors, and a sell-out final concert given by Woodstock legend Carlos Santana, the festival this year further enhanced its reputation. For more information on the annual “Jazz on the Danube” festival, visit www.jazzanderdonau.de.
14x XLC127DVX line-array tops
4x Xsubs (delays)
30x TG7 power amps (with RCM-26 modules)
20x Xw15A wedges
18x CP3000S power amps
2x Xi-2123A/106F loudspeakers
4x CP4000S power amps
2x Xi-2123 loudspeakers
3x Xi-1122 loudspeakers
8x CP3000S power amps
2x PLASMA P2 subwoofers