30.04.2020 to 30.04.2020 | Congress

Symposium "Improvisation Shapes the Future"

The event is postponed.


"Freedom alone, going on is the purpose in the art world as well as in the whole of great creation ..." If it had not been said by Ludwig van Beethoven, then it could just as well have come from the mouth of a jazz musician. During the Beethoven Anniversary Year commemorating the 250th birthday of Bonn’s most famous son, Jazzfest Bonn dedicates itself to the topic of improvisation from the widest range of perspectives and it will start with a symposium.


We know that the “great” composers Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven were masters of improvisation and used it as a creative source for their compositions. We also know that the importance of improvisation was lost to the public during the 19th and 20th centuries. Drawing on Beethoven’s life and work, various experts will investigate improvisation as an aesthetic phenomenon that has provided both possibilities and difficulties for historical and contemporary composers. What does musical innovation look and sound like today? The creative music scene faces new challenges, particularly in times of digital change, with algorithms increasingly taking over all areas of life.

The names of the speakers will be announced as soon as possible.

Further information is available at www.jazzfest-bonn.de.

The symposium is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

This event is organized in cooperation with the German National Museum of Contemporary History (Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland).


Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Willy-Brandt-Allee 14
53113 Bonn

Admission prices

Admission is free of charge.


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