The internationally renowned tap dancer Thomas Marek and the pianist and composer Patrick Bebelaar have been playing together in a wide variety of instrumentations for many years. In their most recent programme they have devoted themselves to the most intensive way of making music together: the duo.
They fuse the traditional boundaries of music and (tap) dance, break away from classical song structures and make use mainly of musical and dance improvisation. All traditional constants, such as timing, melody and theme are in a changing, kaleidoscopic flow. A rarely modern and contemporary combination of tap dance and music.
Thomas Marek’s dance improvisations develop their own highly musical percussion language, in which the dancer works with his entire body as a musical instrument. Together with the avant-garde, intensive play of Bebelaar, an exciting dialogue of dance and music unfolds before the eyes of the audience.

Patrick Bebelaar (Pianist/Composer)

Patrick Bebelaar is one of Germany’s most renowned pianists.
In 2000 he was awarded the Baden-Württemberg Jazz Prize and composed on behalf of the International Bach Academy (2002, 2005, 2008), the German Literary Archives and many others. His CDs have received international awards (including the German Record Critics’ Prize and the Critics’ Prize of the New York City Jazz Record Magazine: “Album of the year”). For many years he has performed with international colleagues such as Michel Godard, Gavino Murgia, Günter “Baby” Sommer, Akardy Shilkloper, Johannes Enders, Carol Rizzo, Wolfgang Puschnik, Herbert Joos, Günter Lenz, Joe Fonda, Pandit Vikash Mahraj and many others. He has also collaborated with writers such as Peter O. Chotjewitz, Peter Härtling, Adonis, Oskar Pastior, Vincent Klink and Wiglaf Droste.

“…He condenses his playing into frenetic attacks, into complex nested rhythms and sharply sharpened harmonies. The late-romantic proliferating virtuoso vocabulary
of a Skriabin and Rachmaninov is in Bebelaars art on the summit of the unleashed the intoxication, exacerbated.”
(Rainer Köhl, the Rheinpfalz, 26.4.01)

“…avant-garde playing techniques and respectful continuation of tradition.”
(Stuttgarter Zeitung)

“Patrick Bebelaar is one of the best pianists in the Republic and enchants the audience time and again with his astonishing technical maturity combined with his soft touch and great virtuosity.”
(Peter Bastian, 16.3.2012 Badische Latest News)