Japanese live music club, Live Roxy Shizuoka, added a permanent installation of Ayrton Ghibli™, MagicDot™R and CosmPix™R fixtures. The club intends for the installation to enhance the experience of the bands that play there and the audience who come to dance in one of Shizuoka’s latest music venues.
Live Roxy Shizuoka, the club with an 882 person standing capacity located near JR Shizuoka station, opened with a grand celebration in February 2018. The club’s owner, Mr. Mitsuhiro Matsuura, purchased two Ghibli fixtures, five MagicDot-R, and a central CosmoPix-R for the stage lighting.
Before the club’s grand opening in February, Hibino Lighting Inc., Ayrton’s exclusive distributor in Japan, arranged the demo of the Ayrton fixtures for Live Roxy, and supplied and installed them, along with a full lighting and rigging package and lighting console.
“Since I was a teenager it has been one of my long-term dreams to open live music clubs,” said Mr. Matsuura, once a band member himself. “When I first discovered Ghibli, Magicdot-R and Cosmopix-R, I felt that they would make my 20year-long dream perfect because not only the artists, but also the Live Roxy audiences, would experience excitement from the effect of those fixtures. I had heard of Ayrton’s good reputation, and I found it to be true. Once I saw the fixtures for myself, there was no hesitation at all in my decision to purchase them for Live Roxy.”
Ghibli is Ayrton’s first LED spot lighting fixture, and it has a light output of 23,000 lumens to illuminate artists on stage. Ayrton says that the optics produce an extremely uniform fat beam with no hot spot, and asserts that Ghibli’s gobos and colors meet the needs of live entertainment.
The highly compact, ultra-fast, and powerful MagicDot-R, one of Ayrton’s most popular luminaires, weighs just 5.3kg. According to Ayrton, the MagicDot-R occupies very little space in an installation but still delivers an overall luminous flux of 1,800 lumens and a luminous intensity of 180,000 candela while consuming 130W.
CosmoPix-R, another of Ayrton’s steady sellers, is based on the concept of the famous double-rotation spheres with PAR36 lamps, dating back to the early ’80s. The CosmoPix-R is fitted with 12 separately-controlled 60W LED light emitters in a 12-face arrangement. The dynamic luminaire offers continuous double rotation on the pan and tilt axes and has a light output of 18,000 lumens.
“Permanent installation of Ayrton’s fixtures is one of our growing business sectors,” says Mr. Yukitoshi Watanabe of Hibino Lighting Inc. “We listen to what our customers want, and recommend the proper lighting fixtures to meet the conditions of each venue. Ayrton’s lighting fixtures have great reputation in Japan for beautiful light and colours, and for their robustness, all of which meant we had no difficulty in getting Live Roxy’s investment.”
Mr. Matsuura commented, “I have a big plan to expand our live music club business. Live Roxy Shizuoka is a baby step for the plan. My first encounter with Ayrton’s fixtures has made me realize that Ayrton’s reputation is real, and this experience has led me to consider purchasing more Ayrton fixtures in the future.”
Numerous artists have performed at Live Roxy since its opening, and the club is a great success.