Jean-François Zygel

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Jean-Francois Zygel

Jean-François Zygel occupies a unique place in the musical world: pianist and composer, he is a recognized master of improvisation, this art of invention and of the moment.

His eclecticism and curiosity lead him to regularly share the stage with artists from all walks of life: Gabriela Montero, Chilly Gonzales, Didier Lockwood, Bobby McFerrin, Michel Portal, Ibrahim Maalouf, Abd Al Malik, Médéric Collignon, Bruno Fontaine, André Manoukian, Jacky Terrasson, Art Point M, Raphaëlle Boitel, Dan Tepfer, Thomas Enhco, Sly Johnson, Kaori Ito…

His projects combine improvisation, composition and repertoire, with the main home ports this season being La Seine Musicale, of which he was appointed associate artist, the Orchester national du Capitole de Toulouse and the Philharmonie Luxembourg, where he has been in residence since 2015.

Appreciated by the general public for his work of initiation into classical music on radio and television, Jean-François Zygel is also renowned in France and abroad as one of the best specialists in concert accompaniment. silent films.
He transmits his art of improvisation in his class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, initiating numerous partnerships with institutions such as the Forum des Images, the Center Pompidou, the Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation or the French Cinémathèque.

His various albums are published by Naïve and Sony. JeanFrançois Zygel can be found on France Inter every Sunday from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. in La Preuve par Z, where he defends his favorite art with humor and passion.

Program proposals


Jean-François Zygel improvises on Bach

“There is always a moment in the life of a musician when Bach falls on his head ...

Take Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann (who said of the Well-Tempered Clavier that he was his "daily bread"), Chopin (who began his days with the performance of a Prelude and fugue), Brahms, Liszt, not to mention, more close to us, Shostakovich and his twenty-four Preludes and fugues, Hindemith and his Ludus Tonalis.

More recently, Bach has become the favorite food of improvisers, especially jazz musicians.

Will you be shocked that I take my turn in Bach's music, that I deliver my vision of it, that I remember the 18th century to better invent the 21st century? "

 

Jean-François Zygel improvises on Beethoven

Virtuosity, sense of color, fantasy, humor and imagination will be the key words of this exceptional concert by the most famous of French pianist improvisers, in homage to the great romantic composer.

Inspired by his rhythmic energy, his pianistic heroism, his powerful and drawn themes, Jean-François Zygel imagines for us a veritable recital of improvisations, as Beethoven himself practiced them until the end of his life in front of his dear Viennese audience.

 

The Fabulous Fablier by Jean-François Zygel.

Jean-François Zygel deploys all his virtuosity in honor of the 400th birthday of Jean de La Fontaine! The famous improviser pianist sets the animal allegories of La Fontaine's fables to music in instant compositions, according to his fancy and his inspiration. On the fairy tree, the little stories are wisely waiting to be chosen ... But which one will be read and imagined in music? What melody for the crow, what chords for the cicada, what rhythms for the City Rat or for the Field Rat? A transfiguration in which the spectators participate by seizing the words of the poet, thus fully participating in the show, from the youngest to the oldest. An interactive, original and unique musical display.

 

Victor Hugo, words and music

An astonishing improvisational recital which will pay homage to the great Victor Hugo, to his legends, to his breath, to his visions, to his humor too. From Orientales to Misérables, from Notre-Dame de Paris to The Legend of the Centuries, from Contemplations to Punishments, Jean-François Zygel will transfigure into music the immense and eventful word of the most famous of French poets.

 

Jean-François Zygel puts your city to music
Improvisation recital

Between virtuosity and fantasy, the famous pianist composer will share with you during this recital an unusual and festive sensory experience, a poetic journey nourished by his own emotions and his meeting with the listeners of this unique concert.
Musical paintings inspired by the history, architecture, emblematic places and legends of your city. A tailor-made concert!

 

Cine-concert

Jean-François Zygel is today recognized in France and abroad as one of the best specialists in the accompaniment of silent films in concert. Among his favorite films, the great titles of German expressionist cinema (Nosferatu, Faust, L'Aurore et Le Dernier des hommes by FW Murnau, Les Nibelungen by Fritz Lang), but also French impressionists such as Marcel L'Herbier (L ' Argent) or Jean Epstein (La Belle Nivernaise). His repertoire also includes the famous Phantom of the Opera by Rupert Julian, Les Misérables by Henri Fescourt, Le Roi des rois by Cecil B. DeMille, and silent films by Alfred Hitchcock.

Videos

Jean-François Zygel: "Variations on Élise"
Jean-François Zygel: "After the rain" (tribute to Michel Legrand)
Impro'baroque
Jean François Zygel re-harmonizes the prelude n ° 1 of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier - Chills! ...
JF Zygel et Marcin Wyrostek
TIFF Stories: Improvisation Jean-François Zygel | TIFF 2020

Upcoming concerts

22 Jan 2022
CARPENTRAS (84) - Espace Auzon - Jean-François Zygel met Carpentras en musique
Jean-François Zygel
28 Jan 2022
AIRE-SUR-LA-LYS (62) - Espace Culturel AREA - Jean-François Zygel met Aire-sur-la-Lys en musique
Jean-François Zygel
04 Feb 2022
SAINT-THIBAULT-DES-VIGNES (77) - Centre Culturel Marc Brinon - Jean-François Zygel met Saint Thibault des Vignes en musique
Jean-François Zygel
05 Feb 2022
CHELLES CEDEX (77) - Théâtre de Chelles - Jean-François Zygel met Chelles en musique
Jean-François Zygel
12 Feb 2022
MEAUX (77) - Théâtre Luxembourg - Jean-François Zygel met Meaux en musique
Jean-François Zygel
18 Feb 2022
MAUREPAS (78) - Espace Albert Camus - Jean-François Zygel met Maurepas en musique
Jean-François Zygel
16 Mar 2022
MONTÉLIMAR (26) - Le Toit Rouge
Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
15 Apr 2022
SAVIGNY-SUR-ORGE (91) - Salle des Fêtes de Savigny sur Orge - Jean-François Zygel met Savigny sur Orge en musique
Jean-François Zygel
13 May 2022
SUCY (94) - Espace Jean Marie POIRIER - Jean-François Zygel met Sucy en musique
Jean-François Zygel
14 May 2022
PROVINS (77) - Église Saint-Ayoul - Jean-François Zygel met Provins en musique
Jean-François Zygel
15 May 2022
PROVINS (77) - Église Saint-Ayoul - Jean-François Zygel met Provins en musique
Jean-François Zygel
20 May 2022
LE CRÈS (34) - Theatre de l'Agora - Jean-François Zygel met le Crès en musique
Jean-François Zygel
28 May 2022
BIARRITZ (64) - la Gare du Midi
Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
24 Jun 2022
PARIS (75) - Théâtre Traversière - Jean-François Zygel met le 12e arrondissement en musique
Jean-François Zygel

Archived concerts

15 Jan 2022
LE RAINCY (93) - Eglise Notre dame de la Consolation
Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
18 Dec 2021
TOULOUSE (31) - La Halle aux grains - Pom-pom-pom-pom, avec l'ONCT
Jean-François Zygel
14 Dec 2021
TOULON (83) - Le Liberté scène nationale - Fantaisies sur Beethoven
Jean-François Zygel
10 Dec 2021
DEAUVILLE (14) - Les Franciscaines - Jean-François Zygel met Deauville en musique
Jean-François Zygel
05 Dec 2021
LOURDES (65) - Festival musique sacrée de Lourdes - Ciné-Concert
Jean-François Zygel
04 Dec 2021
LOURDES (65) - Conférence - Médiathèque de Lourdes
Jean-François Zygel
27 Nov 2021
DAX (40) - CC L'Atrium - Jean-François Zygel met Dax en musique
Jean-François Zygel
20 Nov 2021
BOULOGNE BILLANCOURT (92) - La Seine Musicale - Un Requiem imaginaire, avec le Choeur Spirito
Jean-François Zygel
13 Nov 2021
LA GACILLY (56) - Artemisia - Jean-François Zygel met la Gacilly en musique
Jean-François Zygel
10 Nov 2021
PARIS (75) - Maison de la Radio - Les Clefs de l'orchestre : Roméo et Juliette de Tchaïkovski
Jean-François Zygel
09 Nov 2021
PARIS (75) - Maison de la Radio - Les Clefs de l'orchestre : Roméo et Juliette de Tchaïkovski
Jean-François Zygel
30 Oct 2021
TOULOUSE (31) - La Halle aux grains - Un Américain à Paris, un Français à New York
Jean-François Zygel
22 Oct 2021
BOULOGNE BILLANCOURT (92) - La Seine Musicale - Le Grand Duel Maalouf/Zygel
Jean-François Zygel
15 Oct 2021
LIVRY GARGAN (93), FRANCE - Centre Culturel Cinéma Yves Montand
Jean-François Zygel
10 Oct 2021
SAINTE-FOY-LÈS-LYON (69), FRANCE - Vie Culturelle et Coopération Internationale
Jean-François Zygel
08 Oct 2021
WISSOUS (91), FRANCE - Espace Saint Exupéry
Jean-François Zygel
05 Oct 2021
GENÈVE, SUISSE - Jean-François Zygel improvise sur Beethoven
Jean-François Zygel
02 Oct 2021
BOULOGNE BILLANCOURT (92) - La Seine Musicale - Mon Mozart à moi
Jean-François Zygel
30 Sep 2021
RUNGIS (94) - Centre Culturel Arc en Ciel Théâtre Rungis
Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
25 Sep 2021
PARIS (75) - Le Monde Festival - L'art de l'improvisation
Jean-François Zygel
19 Sep 2021
NOHANT (36) - l’Auditorium du domaine George Sand - Carte blanche à Michel Portal et Jean-François Zygel
Jean-François Zygel
18 Sep 2021
AVRAY (92) - Salle de Spectacles Le Colombier - Double Bach
Jean-François Zygel
17 Sep 2021
L'ISLE-ADAM (95) - La Scène Adamoise - Jean-François Zyget met L’Isle-Adam en musique
Jean-François Zygel
01 Sep 2021
EPINAL (88) - Auditorium de la Louvière
Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
26 Jul 2021
SAOÛ (26) - Saoû chante Mozart : Mon Mozart à moi
Jean-François Zygel
21 Jul 2021
SAINTES (17) - Festival de Saintes : Fantaisies sur Bach
Jean-François Zygel
18 Jul 2021
ECHTERNACH ( 6), LUXEMBOURG - Trifolion
Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
13 Jul 2021
ANDRÉZIEUX-BOUTHÉON (42) - Festival du Forez : Jean-François Zyget met Le Forez en musique
Jean-François Zygel
10 Jul 2021
LANRIVAIN (22) - Festival Lieux mouvants : Double Bach
Jean-François Zygel
02 Jul 2021
FROVILLE (54) - Festival de Froville : Bachmania
Jean-François Zygel
27 Jun 2021
ST SYMPHORIEN DE LAY (42) - Ancienne Carrière - improvise sur Beethoven
Jean-François Zygel
13 Jun 2021
CHÂTENAY-MALABRY (92) - Les Musicales de la Vallée-aux-Loups : Victor Hugo, paroles et musique
Jean-François Zygel
16 May 2021
LUXEMBOURG - Philharmonie Luxembourg - Mon Luxembourg à moi
Jean-François Zygel
07 May 2021
LIVRY GARGAN (83) - Centre culturel cinéma Yves Montand - improvise sur Bach
Jean-François Zygel
29 Apr 2021
GRENOBLE (38) - Musée de Grenoble - Jean-François Zygel improvise sur Apollinaire
Jean-François Zygel
22 Apr 2021
MAUBEUGE (59) - Le Manège - Un Requiem imaginaire, avec le choeur de chambre Spirito
Jean-François Zygel
20 Mar 2021
LE RAINCY (93) - Église Notre-Dame du Raincy
Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
19 Mar 2021
WISSOUS, FRANCE - Jean-François Zygel improvise sur Beethoven
Jean-François Zygel
07 Mar 2021
LUXEMBOURG - Philharmonie Luxembourg - Voulez-vous faire l'humour avec moi ?
Jean-François Zygel
28 Feb 2021
PARIS - Cinémathèque française - ciné-concerts Murnau : "City Girl" et "Nosferatu"
Jean-François Zygel
20 Feb 2021
TOULOUSE - Halle aux grains - Un Français à New York, un Américain à Paris, avec l'Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse
Jean-François Zygel
13 Feb 2021
PARIS - Auditorium de Radio France - Les Clefs de l'orchestre : Ravel, Ma Mère l'Oye, avec l'Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France
Jean-François Zygel
12 Feb 2021
PARIS - Auditorium de Radio France - Les Clefs de l'orchestre : Ravel, Ma Mère l'Oye, avec l'Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France
Jean-François Zygel