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     Elvis Costello & EAW: An Unforgettable Performance at the
                     2004 Lincoln Center Festival

August 23, 2004 – Whitinsville, Mass. - For three weeks every July, the Lincoln Center
Festival at Lincoln Center Plaza presents more than 150 performances by more than 30
participating artists and performance groups in its nine venues. The festival, which began in
1996, traditionally runs from the first Tuesday after Independence Day until the end of July.
Its varied program includes plays, musical performances, orchestral works as well as
Kabuki, the traditional form of Japanese theater.


“Luckily, the core sound designers, production managers and techs have not changed much
since the beginning, which is unusual for a festival environment,” said David Meschter,
sound coordinator for the Lincoln Center Festival, whose many responsibilities include the
collection and fulfillment of each group’s technical rider. Planning for the massive event
begins in mid-February, when Meschter and other Festival coordinators assemble and
allocate resources. One such audio resource is Simon Nathan, principal of Audio Production
Services (APS) in North Westchester, NY. APS partners with New York-based Promix to
provide all audio equipment for every Lincoln Center venue during the Festival.


For Lincoln Center Festival 2004, Elvis Costello played a weeklong series of three shows at
Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic. The 2,700-seat
venue’s unique architecture includes tri-level balcony seating around the interior perimeter,
dubbed “the tiers” by Lincoln Center staff.


The series highlighted the vast career and musical styles of Costello. The first performance
was Elvis Costello and the Dutch ensemble Metropole Orkest, the world’s only full time jazz
orchestra with strings. Second, it was Elvis Costello and The Imposters with drummer Pete
Thomas, keyboardist Steve Nieve, and bassist Davey Farragher. And finally, the last
performance was Elvis Costello and the Brooklyn Philharmonic featuring the North American
premiere of Il Sogno, Costello’s first orchestral suite, as well as Costello performing a
program of orchestral-accompanied songs.
For the Costello run, Meschter and Nathan chose EAW KF730 small line array modules
(SLAM). Eight EAW KF730s per side were hung above the lighting truss in Avery Fisher Hall
for all three performances. “We needed a sound system that was small, light, sounded good
and could throw a reasonable distance,” said Nathan. “The KF730s fit the bill.”


“We also wanted a system that can be important in all three of the shows and is versatile
enough to be matched with additional cabinets,” said Meschter. “The KF730s worked out
very well with the Elvis Costello shows. With the Metropole, the program was mostly
amplified and reinforced, with electronics worked into the orchestra. For that, we used the
KF730s and four EAW SB1000 subwoofers. With the Imposters, we added eight EAW KF750s
and six EAW SB1000s to the KF730s for added punch. And with Philharmonic, only the
second half of the show is amplified voice. For that, we stripped the system down and just
used the KF730s for Elvis’s vocals.”


The KF730s also fit the criteria of a clean sightline, an especially passionate topic for
traditional philharmonic patrons and players. According to Nathan, he hasn’t received any
complaints on sightlines to date.


“Once we had decided on a line array, we began looking for the smallest line array system
possible since classical players do not want to see speakers,” added Meschter. “The KF730s
have served this space better than any system we’ve brought in here before. There is even
coverage from the tiers down to the floor.”


About David Meschter
David Meschter received a degree in audio technology from American University in
Washington, D.C. At the start of his career, he was the sound consultant to the Merce
Cunningham Dance Company for seven years. During the next seventeen years, he has
worked with the likes of John Cage, Philip Glass, and Meredith Monk.

About EAW
Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW), a LOUD Technologies Inc. brand, is the worldwide
technological and market leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance
professional loudspeaker systems. EAW speakers are found in high-end sound
reinforcement applications including sporting arenas, churches and nightclubs, and on major
musical tours. For more information visit: www.eaw.com.

EAW is a registered trademark of LOUD Technologies Inc. in the United States and other
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For more information please contact: Eastern Acoustic Works • 1 Main Street • Whitinsville,
MA 01588 • Phone: (508) 234-6158 • Fax: (508) 234-8251 • Internet: www.eaw.com

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