The Montreux Jazz Festival, Claude Nobs' Legacy,
inscribed as of June 2013 on the
UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.
« It’s the most important testimonial to the history of music, covering jazz, blues and rock »
These are the words that Quincy Jones pronounced to present the preservation and restoration project of one of the musical monuments from the 20th century, the Montreux Jazz Festival Archives.
From Aretha Franklin or Ray Charles to David Bowie or Prince, more than 5,000 hours of concerts have been recorded both in audio and video, since the creation of the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967, by the visionary Claude Nobs.
Founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, Claude Nobs left us a documentary heritage of international significance for current and future generation, inscribed as of June 2013 on the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.
The Montreux Jazz Festival video library is the largest testimony of live music recorded on the same stage, both in audio and video, for the past 47 years - more than 4’000 bands among others were filmed in Montreux resulting in 10’000 recording tapes.
This collection contains many of the greatest names in middle and mainstream Jazz, including Errol Garner, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson to Herbie Hancock. Most of them composed great number of improvised jam sessions extremely rare. Miles Davis played his last performance, conducted by Quincy Jones in 1991. Many artists, like Marvin Gaye, recorded their first and only performance for television in Montreux.
This collection of “live” music recordings, ranging from 1967-2012, with universal significance and intercultural dimensions has no direct equal in the world. This musical library traces a timeline of stylistic influences from the early styles of jazz to the present day.
The 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997 and 2002 to 2013 editions of the festival were recorded in High Definition TV. The Festival even experimented 3D in 2010 in partnership with the Nagra Kudelski Group and 3D 4K since 2012 with NPV3D.
Some of the performances are being released on DVD, CD, MP3 and Blu-ray. Eagle Rock’s “Live at Montreux” series debuted in November 2004 has already captured 150 major artists including shows dating back to the 1960s.
Montreux Sounds, curator of the archives, is partnering since 2007 with EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Lausanne), one of the leading university of technology worldwide, for preserving and showcasing the entire MJF archives (5’000 hrs of concerts recordings) in a dedicated space, named the Montreux Jazz Café, at the heart of their beautiful campus.
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Douze produits ou projets ont été honorés vendredi à Langenthal (BE) du prix du Design suisse. Jamais le jury n'avait décerné autant de distinctions depuis que ce concours biennal a été créé en 1991. Cette édition 2013/14 s'est révélée exceptionnelle, a indiqué le jury.
Pour preuve, celui-ci a décerné au moins un prix dans chaque catégorie. Le prix d'honneur non doté est allé à Chantal Prod'hom, directrice du mudac (Musée de design et d'arts (Read more...)
For the preservation and promotion of the 47 years of audiovisual archives of the founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, Claude Nobs left us a documentary heritage of international significance for current and future generation, inscribed as of June 2013 on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.
Thierry Amsallem, his partner, will continue to give life to Claude’s collection through the newly-established Claude Nobs Foundation, with a goal of (Read more...)
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The Montreux Jazz Festival and EPFL have launched a major project to digitize the most important audiovisual heritage of jazz, blues and rock concerts from the last 45 years. The Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab explores the potential of these digital archives: it offers an immersive experience which revitalizes our bond to such heritage. The first module was presented to the media in June 2012.
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Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Montreux Sounds SA have decided to join forces to create a unique and first of a kind high resolution digital archive of the Montreux Jazz Festivals.
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