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48th Montreux Jazz Festival Poster Sculpted by Yoann Lemoine (Woodkid)
(Published: February 27, 2014)

The poster for the 48th edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival transcends time and space. This monochromatic masterpiece was designed and crafted by Yoann Lemoine, better known on stage and records as Woodkid. He based his work on a 3-dimensional scan of one of jazz's most emblematic instruments and then took advantage of the complex shape, with its intriguing imperfections and hollows. This entirely digital process, sculptural in nature, resulted in the Festival's first ever 3D poster. The mineral feel of Woodkid's artwork evokes the unique landscape of the Montreux region.

In the Montreux tradition of nurturing special relationships with artists, Lemoine was given carte blanche to produce the Festival poster after his memorable stage performances at Montreux. In 2012, after his concert at the Festival, Claude Nobs invited Woodkid to perform the following year at the Auditorium Stravinski, this time with Lausanne's Sinfonietta orchestra. That performance prefigured this year's poster, with brass instruments resonating with Woodkid's hi-tech soundscape as part of his relentless, and avowedly unattainable, pursuit of perfection.

Lemoine has many irons in the fire: in addition to his music, he has had success as a graphic designer, photographer, and director of prize-winning videos, inhabiting these various spheres with verve and vision. He burst onto the scene as Woodkid with his first album in 2011, followed up by a tour and then 2013's The Golden Age.

More Information: http://montreuxjazzfestival.com


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