Montreux Jazz Café and Archives

ArtLab EPFL – Montreux Jazz Cafe – Photo Adrien Barakat

Located in the southern part of the ArtLab building, on the lake side, the Montreux Jazz Café at EPFL, in addition to being a café-restaurant, is dedicated to showcasing the archives of the Montreux Jazz Festival, which are inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

More than 5,000 concerts (14,000 tapes in total, 11,000 hours of video recording and 6,000 hours of audio recording) have been digitized and preserved as part of the Montreux Jazz Digital Project led by the EPFL Metamedia Center in collaboration with several laboratories.

Besides leading the digitization and preservation of the recordings, EPFL has designed devices to browse, visualize, and listen to the archives that are available to the public.


Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab

ArtLab - Heritage Lab - Montreux Jazz Café EPFL - photo Adrien Barakat
ArtLab – Heritage Lab – Montreux Jazz Café EPFL – photo Adrien Barakat

The Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab is the most imposing of the devices for listening, viewing and consulting the festival’s archives. It offers a total immersion in Montreux concerts. Located in an annex of the Montreux Jazz Café, it is open to the public.

Its design is the work of the EPFL+ECAL Lab and the ALICE laboratory of the EPFL.


Contact – Montreux Jazz Café @EPFL :

+41 21 693 89 00
[email protected]

OPEN: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
CLOSED: Saturday and Sunday

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