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Martin Lighting Solutions LED solutions light up Dutch Nieuwjaarsconcert

Cultural staple celebrated its 50th anniversary and New Year with MAC Ultra Performance fixtures, deployed by lighting design company Light-H-Art

It has been announced that Martin MAC Ultra Performance LED fixtures were deployed by lighting design company Light-H-Art earlier this year to provide the esteemed Nederlands Blazers Ensemble: Nieuwjaarsconcert 2022 with lighting that “captivated” audiences watching live and virtually.

The Nederlands Blazers Ensemble Nieuwjaarsconcert – performed on-stage before an audience and broadcasted by NPO 2 on New Year’s Day – is a pivotal event in the Dutch cultural calendar, ringing in the New Year for countless viewers. The 2022 edition marked the concert’s 50th iteration, which paid tribute to legendary singers Nina Simone and Maria Callas. To create immersive and riveting visuals suitable for such a milestone, veteran lighting designer Henk-Jan van Beek and the Light-H-Art team selected the Martin MAC Ultra Performance as the lighting fixture of choice. 

“I had already seen and played with the MAC Ultra Performance, and so I knew it was something I wanted to have,” said van Beek. “It’s since become my de-facto workhorse – it’s easy to set up, zooming into an iris effect is fast and elegant. Because it’s so bright, the fixture is amazing at painting walls and making the subtle background illuminations that are vital in a stage performance.” 

The MAC Ultra Performance features Martin’s 1150W, 6000K proprietary LED light engine is capable of emitting up to 46,500 lumens in projection over its 50,000+ hour lifespan. The fixture’s comprehensive collection of effects, filters and colour blends allows for everything from stark white beams and saturated colour washes to flickering strobes and captivating prisms. Suited for broadcasts as well as live shows, the MAC Ultra Performance was ideal for creating the grand and stunning visuals fit for Nieuwjaarsconcert.

“We were impressed with how few fixtures we had to use to get the effects we needed,” added van Beek. “I used a night sky gobo and was absolutely stunned. It literally looked like the walls were painted. Everyone who worked on the production was impressed by the brightness, as well as the fast and precise zoom – it was exactly what we needed. The rest of the year looks incredibly busy,” said van Beek. “Life is returning to normal, and summer is finally here. I can’t wait to see what happens next.”