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Jazz Stories in Red and Blue

Niklaus Troxler / Graphic art

Willisau is a small Swiss town in the center of Europe. It is also the place where the pioneering international jazz avant-garde has been meeting since the mid-1960s.

Swiss graphic designer Niklaus Troxler is the name behind the concerts and the legendary Willisau Jazz Festival. Beyond the program design, he has given jazz in Willisau its unique artistic face, especially with his world-famous poster designs. It is a global/cross-cultural shaped synthesis of music, art and performing that Niklaus Troxler has developed in Willisau since the mid-1960s.

The exhibition “Jazz Stories in Red and Blue” uses graphic works to focus on Niklaus Troxler’s aesthetic understanding of jazz as a stimulus for innovative graphic approaches. For this exhibition, he has provided the Jazzinstitut with many rarely shown posters, in bigger as well as in smaller formats.

Niklaus Troxler’s posters stand for commercial art with cult character. He translates jazz and the encounters with the musicians into his own visual world, which is characterized by colors, shapes and typography. In countless variations of his varied visual language, he tries to capture what is typical for him in the music. Thus instruments become symbols, letters become outlines, shapes and colors become patterns of movement. The reason behind this: everything that Niklaus Troxler finds exciting about jazz also fascinates him about the picture: the mixture of composition and openness and thus also improvisation and chance.

It is precisely his close personal contact with the musicians and the music that inspires him time and again to create in differerent styles. Thus, there is no typical “Troxler style”. Perhaps it is this fact that makes his art timeless and special.

And so, in his œuvre, his small hometown of “Willisau” naturally forms an artistic unity with the New York free music scene.


Exhibition

30 September through 2 October 2021 during the conference at the conference venue

4 October through 31 December 2021 at the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt’s gallery
open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday 10am-2pm


Conference:
From, Thursday, 30 September, through Saturday, 2 October 2021, we will be discussing about “Roots | Heimat: Wie offen ist der Jazz? (more…)


Concert:
On Friday evening, 1 October 2021, Luise Volkmann and LEONE sauvage at Bessunger Knabenschule. (more…)


If you have any further questions, fee free to write us at jazz@jazzinstitut.de