Tap&Bass is an internationally acclaimed performance duo by bassist Kurt Holzkämper and tap dancer Thomas Marek. Together, they have been performing their unique concerts at festivals and theaters all over the world for the last 20 years.

TAP&BASS “BEATS”

Introducing the latest production from Tap&Bass. BEATS is a concert format mixing tap dance with electronic music and acoustic jazz in a captivating live performance. BEATS premiered in May 2017 at the Internationale Jazztage 2017 (International Jazz Days 2017) Festival at Theaterhaus, in Stuttgart, Germany.

BEATS is a unique show combining tap dance and contemporary electronic music with elements of acoustic jazz. In their 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, isolated tap sounds and beautifully composed melodies.

About Tap&Bass

Tap&Bass is an internationally acclaimed performance duo by bassist Kurt Holzkämper and tap dancer Thomas Marek. Together, they have been performing their unique concerts at festivals and theaters all over the world for the last 20 years. Highlights include the Joyce Theater (NYC), Frankfurter Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Internationale Jazztage at Tanzhaus NRW (Stuttgart), VENUE (St.Petersburg) and many more.

Kurt Holzkämper (Bass / Sounddesign)

Kurt Holzkämper studied jazz bass, music production and music education at the Würzburg Conservatory. He has played with Frank Kimbrough and John King (NYC), Meschiya Lake (New Orleans), Johannes Enders (D), Daniel “Topo” Gioia (Argentina), the Brazilians Edmundo Carneiro (Tania Maria), Don Pi (Djavan, Tim Maya), Luiz Brasil (Gil Gilberto, Caetano Veloso), the Cubans Regis Molina (Till Brönner) and Olvido Ruiz Castellanos (Cuba Nova) as well as free improvisations with Fried Dähn and others.

Concert tours to Russia, Ukraine, the USA and Nicaragua constitute an important element of his musical career. In his bass playing, he combines jazz, Brazilian and Latin American elements.

His body of work as a composer, musician and performer includes various TV and dance productions together with tap dancer Thomas Marek, many concert readings with Grupo Sal together with the actors Dietmar Schönherr, Brigitte Karner, Joachim Król, the Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal, the writer Gioconda Belli and the collaboration with Trio Azul and actress Suzanne von Borsody in a show about Frida Kahlo.