On December 1st and 2nd Kurt Holzkämper and Thomas Marek will teach a tap dance workshop at Studio Bluetap in Berlin.
On Saturday evening there will be a performance with their new show “BEATS”.

Studio Bluetap, Ohlauer Strasse 43, 10999 Berlin

Workshop:

In this workshop everything revolves around the connection of (tap) dance, music and jazz. The workshop will be taught by Thomas Marek and Kurt Holzkämper and accompanied by Kurt live on bass.

Over a period of 8 hours the following topics will be covered:
– Musicality and rhythms in jazz (forms, timing, phrasing, tempo shaping, etc.)
– Playing together!  Communicating with musicians & bands
– Free Play! Principles of improvisation and interplay in jazz

About TAP&BASS:

Tap&Bass is an internationally renowned performance duo of bassist Kurt Holzkämper and tap dancer Thomas Marek. With their unique shows, they have performed at numerous festivals and theaters around the world over the past 20 years. Together they have performed at the Joyce Theater NYC, the St. Petersburg Skorochod Theater, the Frankfurt Alte Oper, Kampnagel Hamburg, the International Theaterhaus-Jazztage Stuttgart, the Tanzhaus NRW in Düsseldorf and many others.

Schedule:

Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd 10h-14.00h (incl. short break)

Costs and registration:

The workshop is aimed at tap dancers from intermediate level and up. Professionals are welcome as well as amateurs who want to get more involved with live music, rhythms and interplay in jazz.

The fee for the complete workshop (8h) is € 200.-
Early Bird Fee: Registrations before November 1st will receive a discount of 10%
All prices are final prices.

To register please send an email to: office@thomasmarek.com
The registration is only valid with a bank transfer of the workshop fees to the following account:
Thomas Marek
IBAN: DE 74 20050550 1268 138482 BIC: HASPDEHHXXX

 

PERFORMANCE “BEATS”

Electronic music meets tap dance meets acoustic jazz

In their latest show, Tap&Bass celebrates the archaic elemental force of the beat, tracing it, experimenting with it and improvising upon it.
“BEATS” is a unique show combining tap dance and contemporary electronic music with elements of acoustic jazz. In this 75-minute performance Kurt Holzkämper and Thomas Marek create a captivating dance performance & live concert blending electronic music & beats, looped sequences of double bass and electric bass, alienated tap sounds and beautifully composed melodies. These collages from electronic and minimal music and jazz, create a pulsating web of grooves and virtuosic improvisations.
Their combination of eletronic and acoustic music is unique in the sense that both musical approaches seamlessly blend with one another. The use of laptops and sound effects become part of their musical expression and improvisations and therefore an extension of their instruments.
On stage they use various basses, electronic sound generators, laptops and a pair of tap shoes to create their magic.

Saturday, December 1st, 20.00h : Studio Bluetap, Ohlauer Strasse 43, 10999 Berlin
Tickets are €15.- and  available at the door.