tech requirements

Rumput is a big band — up to 10 musicians, several of which sing lead or close harmony vocals at various times in a typical set, plus puppeteers with a mobile shadow theater. But we’re flexible, practiced at subtle dynamics and careful listening, and we prefer to keep it simple.


Our preferred audio setup is as close as we can get to unplugged — just three microphones:
1. Hannah’s voice and cak (soprano ukelele)
2. Andy’s selo/cello (which is used primarily as a percussion instrument)
3. Additional lead singers (typically used on only a few songs per set).

But the required audio system depends on the size and acoustics of your venue, as well as the demeanor of your audience. If they’re there to listen, we know how to keep their attention; otherwise, the situation may call for a little more wattage.

We have our own compact PA system (a Bose L1 Model II with two bass modules, 3 condenser mics with low mic stands, and a small stage amp for the bass ukelele.) We also have our own sound technician and lighting designer, though we’re happy to work with venue staff.

Each of the plucked string instruments — guitar, cak (soprano ukelele), cuk (tenor ukelele), bass ukelele, and selo — has a built-in pickup. The bass uke requires amplification, and we provide a stage amp for that. But for the others, jacking in is a last resort — we prefer to go acoustic or use microphones if the room will support it.

We have a basic lavalier mic for the violin. If you have better mics, that’s preferred.

We typically don’t mic Brian’s percussion, as we find it cuts through the mix just by bleeding into the vocal mics.


The spatial arrangement depends on your venue as well. If the stage is at least 20 feet (6m) wide, we prefer to spread out in a single arc. For smaller stages, we’ll use a 2- or 3-tiered setup.

We generally prefer to sit on the floor or stage, but will use chairs if needed.

We’re flexible on some details of the arrangement, but the following criteria are required:
1. Hannah (lead vox) goes in the middle.
2. Andy (selo) sits next to Hannah.
3. The percussionist is off to one side so as not to overwhelm the mix.

We strongly prefer to perform with our puppeteers. If an 8′ x 4′ (2.4 x 1.2m) or larger riser is available, we can sit in front of his shadow theater. Otherwise we’ll need to find space off to one side of the stage.