About

Bio

Jean Kapsa is a French composer and pianist born in 1985, originally from Drôme and currently living in Paris. He evolves within several bands with which he recorded ten albums, as well as three solo piano albums, including « Vespera » (2020) which marked the beginning of a research between piano, effects pedals, analog and modular synthesizers. 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, 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, Hungaria).

On the other hand, he collaborates punctually for creations in various fields: he performed at the Cité de la Musique (Philharmonie de Paris) as part of the festival Villette Sonique for a 4-hand with Nils Frahm (2014); he was part of the festival Saoû Chante Mozart for which he wrote variations and improvised around the music of Mozart (2014); he performed at the Cordeliers Convent in Paris for the 2011-2012 John Galliano FW Collection; he played 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).

Awards

Trio Kapsa Reininger Fleau: 1st prize at the Ile de France Jazz competition chaired by Antoine Hervé (2007) ; Revelation Jazz Magazine for the album Parhélie (2015)
Quartet Festen: 1st prize at the Golden Jazz Trophy chaired by Martial Solal (2010)
Quartet Back: 1st prize at the European Jazz Contest in Rome (2012)