jazz é-tap
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a jazz trio whose rhythm section is entirely managed by a tap dancer


rio improv'iste. Tap dance and acoustic jazz music concert and show to swing, middle jazz, mainstream, bebop, modern jazz, contemporary and experimental jazz, Cuban music, latin and Brazilian and funk. Voicing, jrjp technique, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project. Music and dance improvisation. Lausanne, Switzerland, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

video 1 (3 min) / video 1 (full concert) - tap dance, double bass, electric bass, electric guitar

video 2 - tap dance, double bass, electric bass, electric guitar, bass clarinett

"Covid virtual residencies" projet: Swing Paradise / Nightmare / Misty / Donna Lee

The "improv'ist trio" is a jazz trio that explores the rhythmic possibilities of tap dancing as a percussion instrument in jazz. It revolves around a core of double bass and tap dance and works in a polymorphic way with different melodic or harmonic instruments (piano, saxophone, guitar, vocals, clarinet, etc ...). The tap dancer takes the role of the drummer. Music becomes dance, dance becomes music. Since their first appearance in 2006 at the Cully Jazz Festival, this trio has never ceased to explore and enrich itself with all kinds of musical traditions. It has toured in Switzerland, France, Canada, Mexico and Guatemala. In 2021, this project has received special grant from the Fondaition parallèle to carry out a project called "Covid virtual residencies", which consisted in the exploration of new musical paths in collaboration with foreign musicians by video.

This trio features on the jazz é-tap CD.

duration: 1h or 2 sets of 45min


Laurent Bortolotti - tap dance - Lausanne, Switzerland
Antoine Brochot - double bass - Lausanne, Switzerland

current melodists
Jean-Yves Poupin - piano - Geneva, Switzerland / Teis Semey - electric guitar - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alix Logiaco - piano - Paris, France / Ramiro González García - saxophon - Xalapa, Mexico / Edgar Dorantes - piano - Xalapa, Mexico / Lasse Mørck - double bass - Xalapa, Mexico / Zoltán Kisák - guitar - Hongrie + Lausanne, Suisse / Thomas Wadelton - tap dance, ukulele - Melbourne, Australia / Laia Mollins - tap dance - Barcelona, Spain / Murielle Bortolotti - contemporary dancing - Lausanne, Switzerland / Raphaël Dumont - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet - Paris, France / Ernie Odoom - saxophone, singing - Geneva, Switzerland / Frédéric Jaupart - accordion - Annecy, France

former members
Guillaume Martineau - piano - Montreal, Canada / Ornella Ponnaz - piano - Lausanne, Switzerland / Gabriel Zufferey - piano - Geneva, Switzerland / Andres Jimenez - piano - Geneva, Switzerland / Sébastien Bride - electric guitar - St-Maurice, Switzerland / Marc Drouard - electric guitar - Annecy, France / Elisabeth Barbey - vibraphone - St-Maurice, Switzerland / Stéphane Fisch - double bass, electric bass - Geneva, Switzerland / Alex Bellegarde - double bass - Montreal, Canada / Fabien Sevilla - contrebasse - Lausanne, Switzerland / Popol Lavanchy - double bass - Lausanne, Switzerland / Philippe Sola - double bass - Geneva, Switzerland