Armed Man Berlin

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ABacoustics have recently had the honour of working alongside our friends Rondo Media on their production of Sir Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man.

The performance took place on November 2nd in the Mercedes-Bens Arena in Berlin to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The concert brought together The World Orchestra for Peace and 2000 singers from 27 countries under the conductorship of the great composer to perform the multi-faith, multi-lingual work where the text of the Catholic Mass is combined with other religious and historical sources, including the Mahabharata and the Islamic call to prayer.

The unique performance featured a specially commissioned war archive film reinforcing the powerful narrative of the work projected onto five screens – the build up to war, war itself and the consequences of war.

New languages were added for this historic performance when Yumeji Matsufuji sings the original Japanese words of poet, activist and survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Toge Sankichi. One movement was performed in the Welsh language by Leah-Marian Jones and German text being used for some other choral movements.

We supplied four engineers, Midas Pro 1 and Avid Profile mixing desks for Front of House, EAW monitors and DPA microphones.

ABacoustics would also like to thank our new friends at Black Box Music for supplying their L’Acoustics PA, choir foldback, IEM’s and four wonderful engineers.

S4C will broadcast the performance in a programme entitled ‘Cyngerdd Heddwch Berlin’ on Armistice Day, Sunday, November 11 at 7:30pm.

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