The Montreux Jazz Festival Plumps for Abstract 2011 Festival Poster Designed by Francis Baudevin

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ZURICH (Reuters).- The Montreux Jazz Festival has broken with tradition to mark its 45th anniversary by choosing an abstract design from local artist Francis Baudevin for the 2011 edition of its highly collectible poster. The Montreux Jazz Festival on July 1-16, 2011 will seek to add to the success of the 2010 festival, which featured diverse stars from the worlds of pop, rock and jazz like Roxy Music, Youssou N’Dour and Diana Krall. Baudevin’s geometric design featuring circles cut out of four colored squares at a 45-degree angle against a blue background is only the second abstract poster motif in the festival’s long history. It is reminiscent of the holes in a Swiss Emmental cheese or round vinyl records set against their quadratic sleeves. “Records have a permanent place in my life. I wake up with records, I use them constantly, I have a lot of records,” Baudevin told Reuters. Brazilian Romero Britto made last year’s