“Simplicity is the ultimate perfection. ” 

Apple II, 1977

TAP&BASS Reduced To the Max

When a tap dancer and a bassist have been developing innovative, full-length and successful shows for over twenty years, it speaks for the creative potential of the two artists Thomas Marek (Tap Dance) and Kurt Holzkämper (Bass). 

Packed in a captivating live show full of ideas and surprises Tap&Bass presents: “BEATS – Reduced To The Max”.

Marek and Holzkämper perform charismatically and with a lot of humor in their stage show with probably the “most boring” instruments in the world: tap dance and bass.

In exciting arrangements and improvisations, soft sounds alternate with brilliant funk grooves and present tap dance beyond any clichés or categories.
 On the basis of the archaic elemental force of rhythm, their visual dance performance blends naturally with sounds, melodies and the tonal possibilities of various bass instruments. 
The musical spectrum of the duo ranges from Rhythm´n Blues and Jazz to Funk and Drum´n Bass. The foundation for this versatility is a common understanding of form, movement and a distinctive musicality.

Whether in their own shows (Kampnagel Hamburg, Tanzhaus Düsseldorf, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, etc.), at variety shows (Schmidt’s Tivoli) or at major festivals and guest performances from New York City to St. Petersburg:

The artistic combination of the two always unfolds a special intimate magic.
 The absolute strength of Tap&Bass is their interplay on stage and their communication with the audience, who are sure to find themselves bobbing, snapping or tapping.


Kurt Holzkämper Bass/Sounddesign

Kurt Holzkämper studied jazz bass, music production and music education at the Würzburg Conservatory.
 He played with Frank Kimbrough and John King (NY), 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) and the Cubans Regis Molina (Till Brönner) and Olvido Ruiz Castellanos (Cuba Nova) as well as free improvisations with Fried Dähn.

Concert tours to Russia, the Ukraine, the USA and Nicaragua form an important basis for the versatility of his musical work.
Jazz, Brazilian and Latin American elements unite in his bass playing.
 Television and big dance productions together with the tap dancer Thomas Marek, many concert readings with Grupo Sal and the actors Dietmar Schönherr, Brigitte Karner, Joachim Król, the Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal, the writer Gioconda Belli and the cooperation of the trio Azul with the actress Suzanne von Borsody in a programme about Frida Kahlo, CD recordings, documentary film and audio book dubbing, his many years of work as a musical event designer (DaimlerChrysler IAS Geneva) and his various teaching activities mark his active work as a musician, lecturer and composer.

The composition for electronics and band “Flaschenpost” with the large Jazz@Large orchestra was premiered at the Theaterhaus during the Stuttgart Jazz Days. In 2017 he was a guest at the renowned CAMP Festival for Electro-Acoustic Improvisation in Bulgaria.