An amateur jazz musician and fan, Troxler has organized the annual Willisau Jazz Festival since 1975. "Everything that fascinates me about jazz music is also what interests me in design: rhythm, sound, contrast, interaction, experiment, improvisation, composition, individuality. I have been organizing jazz concerts for as long as I have been designing," he has said. In Troxler’s posters, color, line, and letterforms re-create the restlessness of jazz music, its movement and invention. He begins each work by searching for metaphors for the music and then translates them into illustrations or typography.
Gallery label from Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye, November 15, 2014–January 17, 2016.