How to Compose Music: An Introduction to Musical Improvisation and Composition – FREE

Activity Details

Free Webinar

1 Hour

Unlimited Participants


19 September 2020 10.00 – 11.00 (UTC + 2)


We don’t need to be musicians to make music and improvise with our sonic environment, we rather need to allow ourselves to jump into the musical game. In this lecture we will bring light on basic elements of musical improvisation and composition. Through different musical genres and examples played live on the piano, we will look at rudiments of improvisation and talk about the different steps that help us to create a musical piece. This lecture is open to all, beginner musicians and non musicians are welcome to join.

The webinar is free and open for everybody. Zoom link for the webinar is HERE.

Instructor Details

Jean Kapsa is a composer and pianist who loves to improvise, whether it be around jazz standards, classical tunes, pop songs, or original compositions. Jean composes and evolves within the trio « Kapsa Reininger Fleau », the quartet « Festen » and the quartet « Back ». He recorded ten albums with these groups and two solo albums. He regularly performs in France (Ministère de la Culture, Maison de la Radio, Opéra de Lyon, Cité de la Musique, Jazz in Marciac, Jazz à Vienne, Montreux Jazz Festival, Sziget Festival, Jazz sous les Pommiers, Crest Jazz Vocal, Saoû Chante Mozart, La Maroquinerie, Studio de l’Ermitage, La Marbrerie, Sunset-Sunside, etc.) and abroad (Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Malta, Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia, United States, Algeria, Serbia, Guinea, Romania, Hungary). On the other hand, he collaborates punctually for creations in various fields: he performs at the Cité de la Musique (Philharmonie de Paris) as part of the festival Villette Sonique for a four hands with Nils Frahm (2014); as part of the festival Saoû Chante Mozart he writes variations and improvises around the music of Mozart (2014); he performed at the Cordeliers Convent in Paris for the 2011-2012 John Galliano FW Collection; he plays in quartet with Magnus Lindgren and in Big Band with Didier Lockwood at Pavillon Baltard for the Djangos D’or (2008), in quartet and quintet with brothers Louis and François Moutin, Rick Margitza, Christophe Monniot, Michael Felberbaum and Manu Codjia (2010, 2014), in trio with Christophe Wallemme at the amphitheater of the Opéra de Lyon (2006).