What is Pavo Concertus?
Pavo Concertus is... a mobile masterpiece.
At 12 feet tall, Pavo Concertus is all at once, a mobile instrument and a work of art. The pickup truck-turned peacock features a full octave of
genuine antique organ pipes that are fully equipped with an array of music synchronized LEDs. The on-board organ has been graced by many a talented musician over
the last year, much to the delight of onlooking spectators. The back of the tail fan features an LED equalizer synched to
blaring speakers, the heart of our peacock. Our raucous roaming party has been known to shake up more than one neighbourhood.
Pavo Concertus is... a feat of engineering.
We are no gods, and transforming an old truck into a musical peacock is often laughable. From mounting pipes to fast Fourier transformations to
all-night solder parties, creating this masterpiece has been an enlightening experience for us all. When you chance upon our peacock on the street,
not only may you be impressed by our hot light tricks and fancy beats,
but also by our pages of drawings, piles of scrapped prototypes, and hours of late-night electrical troubleshooting.
Pavo Concertus is... a fellowship of like-minded individuals.
From its inception, this project has brought out a little bit of crazy in all who heard about it. The team has drawn in the best, brightest,
and most dedicated individuals, simply through the grapevine. But the Pavo Concertus network extends far beyond those who meet regularly to hammer out ideas.
It extends to all those who saw it grow, who altruistically lent their knowledge, and who began to connect
to the local maker community. Who are you and what are you making? We canít wait for you all to meet each other.
Pavo Concertus is... an idea.
The project was born out of an idea that building something inherently frivolous, unprofitable, yet undeniably awesome is not only possible, but worthwhile.
The project was built to pioneer the dawning of a new cultureóa culture where
ambitious neighbours and educated hobbyists come together to bring each othersí ideas to fruition. Start with an idea; ideas are bulletproof.
Meet Our Team
At its core, the engine of Pavo Concertus is its dedicated team of driven individuals. Meet the entourage of engineers and audiophiles who brought Pavo Concertus from sketch to realization.
Isabel bought the unevolved version of Pavo Concertus with Ravi in the summer of 2013. She has a background in mechanical engineering,
teaching science to children, and solar vehicles. Managing Pavo Concertus has honed her skills in budget balancing, part sourcing, advice
seeking, contacting strangers, and the fine art of getting things done. Every passing day on the project, she learns more from each member of the powerhouse Pavo team.
Carmen has a background in mechanical engineering, loves art and being creative.
With this project she was able to use and develop these skills to help design the finer details of this bird.
From sketching the first drawings of Pavo Concertus; to getting a workout lifting and painting organ pipes; to designing and
creating the feather details - Carmen has enjoyed the creativity, the enthusiasm and the passion the team has shown throughout this project.
After the amazing time that was Beakerhead 2013, Michael is super excited to continue his work with Pavo.
He was thrilled to have learned as much as he did throughout the project last year - particularly regarding car electronics and project/time management.
He comes from an electrical/biomedical engineering background, and was happy to have transformed his theoretical skills into technical ones. According to him the many
late nights were well worth the turned heads and conversations with passersby. He is very excited about Calgary's growing engineering-projects community, and can't wait to collaborate with some new groups.
Bryan is finishing up his electrical engineering degree at the University of Calgary and works on Pavo's electrical circuitry in his spare time.
Infamous for clean, reliable wiring, and pulling overnight miracles, Bryan is a master conductor when it comes to Pavo's veins, arteries, and circuit diagrams.
Alan graduated from
the Electrical Engineering program at the
University of Calgary. A Solar Car Alumni, Alan was the first to pilot Pavo's electrical team. Together with Ravi, he spent long hours
reading manuals, removing screws from the dashboard and rewiring the alternator. Ask to see
Alan's victory dance! Guaranteed to amuse.
Mike joined the Pavo team in July of 2013 programming the world's first organ pipe LED equalizer. Using his experience in electronic
projects and knowledge from his computer engineering degree, he hopes to add some exciting new features and improved reliability to the
electrical systems for this year's Beakerhead festival. He continues to make Pavo Concertus's future a bright one!
Ryan is a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Calgary. He joined the team in July 2014 and has been helping out with various improvements to the art car,
such as designing a DJ tabletop for the organ. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys photography and playing the piano. He is very excited to play Pavo Concertus in its full glory when
it is ready for Beakerhead in September.
Ravi is a
Communications and Marketing graduate from the University of
Calgary. His ambitious attitude and fast fabrication launched Pavo from an idea into a reality.
He is a strong believer in building a strong team
and has a "Get'er done" approach to manufacturing. You'll find him showing off the body rework phases on Pavo's youtube channel.
Tannis is a
University of Calgary Kinesiology graduate with a passion for art, design, and technology. With a keen eye for good design and a job well done,
Tannis logged the most hours reworking the truck body, welding, and constructing Pavo's glorified hood ornament. Tannis also enjoys learning web design,
development, and computer programming. In fact, she is currently
studying software development at SAIT!
Where You Can Find Us!
To get you hyped up, enjoy this gif of the team at the Shell International Engineering Competition from our very first year: