Montreux Jazz Festival 2007
Founded in 1967 by Claude Nobs, the Festival has become an unmissable event with guests such as Miles Davis, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Massive Attack, Ella Fitzgerlad, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Santana. Jazz music may have constituted the Festival's historic roots, but other musical styles quickly found their place within the festival, sharing a common bond of musical curiosity and mutual enthusiasm.
The 2007 Festival edition (from 30th June to 15th July) has distinguished itself from the previous ones by wide changes.
"The 40th edition was meant to be, and was, an apotheosis, a milestone for the Festival. It was meant to reflect 40 years of history, the last 10 of which under its "modern" form. Today, our job is to solidify the Festival's standing and to adapt it to new cultural trends, both in terms of the artists and of the public or the media", declares Mathieu Jaton. After 6 years of working as a volunteer for the Festival, Mathieu was hired by the permanent office in 1999 as head of marketing and sponsoring. He became secretary general the next year. Since then, he has been in charge of the Festival's operational activities.
This is the reason why the festival foresees a variety of stands, of locations (besides the main ones, the Auditorium Stravinski, the Miles Davis Hall and the Casino Barrière, the "Montreux Jazz Boats", the Festival's famous musical cruises, take some 1100 spectators across Lake Geneva for a unique musical experience, and the Montreux Jazz Trains offer musical journeys across the idyllic scenery of the Riviers and the Alps at an altitude of 2000m), of music (the Jazz Café provides soul, jazz and funk, while the Studio 41 chill-out before of after-work drinks and house as the night progresses.
The festival merchandising boasts about author mark posters: Keith Haring and Andy Warhol design the poster of the 20th anniversary.
This year, for the second time in the history, the prestigious poster for the Festival has been designed by a woman (the first one was Niki de Saint Phalle in 1984), Katrin Olina , born in Iceland (www.katrin-olina.com). Katrin Olina's versatile approach to creativity enables her work to be applied within the fields of illustration, product design, graphic design, fashion and textile design. Beyond the Montreux Jazz Festival, the most recent collaborations include the interior for a cosmetic surgery clinic in Taipei and another interior which opens in Florence in May 2007. Among her selected clients Mandarina Duck, Fornarina, Print Magazine, Nokia, Giant.
Moleskine has edited two formats: the classic notebook (with a personalised band, logo and illustrations by Katrin Olina in the very first pages), and a limited edition notebook (just 3 copies!) as precious instrument to collect the Festival artists' autographs. Collectors have been warned!
Per maggiori info: www.montreuxjazz.com