Gert & Uwe Tobias, Chinoiserie I (Detail), 2012, 200 x 300 cm, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

The Art in Music
25 years of the ACT label

29.09.2017 –

The connection between music and art always plays a key role for the internationally acclaimed jazz label ACT. For 25 years now the works of numerous contemporary artists have adorned the album covers whose eye-catching design became a trademark for the label.

With the foundation of his own jazz label in 1992, the record boss Siggi Loch was fulfilling a dream of his youth. In the meantime ACT has developed to become one of the world’s leading provider from Europe. Nils Landgren, Esbjörn Svensson, Lars Danielsson, Youn Sun Nah, Nguyên Lê and Andreas Schaerer are just some of the musicians represented there. For Siggi Loch, modern art and contemporary jazz music are inseparably linked, and this is why he initiated the enhancement of numerous record covers by well-known artists including Neo Rauch, Georg Baselitz or Erwin Wurm. At the centre of the presentation in the Marta Forum stand the works of the Bonn-based painter, illustrator and graphic designer Martin Noël (1956–2010) as well as the Romanian twins Gert & Uwe Tobias (*1973) who now live in Germany.

Opening Event

Friday, 29.09., at 6 pm in the Marta Forum

Following some introductory words by Marta Director Roland Nachtigäller on the exhibition, and by Ralf Hammacher on the concert festival of the Musik-Kontor, Siggi Loch talks about his turbulent life between music and art. Admission to the event is free of charge. At around 7.45 pm the Marta Forum will be closed briefly to be prepared for the concert later.

Concert program for the ACT25 Festival

29.09. at 8 pm concert with Nguyên Lê (guitars and programming) and Ngo Hong Quang (song, traditional Vietnamese instruments), Tickets: 25 € plus advance booking fee via Musik-Kontor-Herford e.V.
30.09. at 6.30 pm presentation by Siggi Loch: “25 Years in the Spirit of Jazz” (admission free)
30.09. at 8 pm
concert with Leszek Możdżer (piano) and Lars Danielsson (double base, cello cello), Tickets: 25 € plus advance booking fee via Musik-Kontor-Herford e.V.
01.10. at 8 pm
concert with Nils Landgren (trombone and vocals), Michael Wollny (piano), Lars Danielsson (double base)

Thank you

Marta partners
Many thanks to the Marta Herford Corporate Partners and Corporate Premium Partners as well as the Marta Fund for New Art for their ongoing support of our program.