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


trio 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. Music and dance improvisation. Lausanne, Switzerland.
photo: Audrey Manfredi

Donna Lee / Like Someone In Love - tap dance, piano, double bass
Bad Blood / Half Man Half Cow / St Thomas / Ants In The Pants / For Teis - tap dance, double bass, electric guitar

"Covid virtual residencies" projet
Have You Met Miss Jones / Swing Paradise / Nightmare / Misty / Donna Lee (2) / Groovid / Nothing Else But Me / Wave / Coléoptères

The "trio improv'iste" is a jazz trio that explores the rhythmic possibilities of tap dancing as a percussion instrument in jazz. It works in a polymorphic way with different instruments (double bass, piano, saxophone, guitar, vocal, clarinet, vibraphone, 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 project has never ceased to enrich itself with all kinds of musical traditions. It has toured in Switzerland, France, Italy, Canada, Mexico and Guatemala. In 2021, it received a special grant from the Fondation Parallèle to carry out a project called "Covid virtual residencies", which consisted in the exploration of new musical paths in collaboration with swiss and foreign musicians.

duration: 1h or 2 sets of 45min


Laurent Bortolotti - tap dance / Antoine Brochot - double bass / Latyr Boye - double bass / Jean-Yves Poupin - piano, composition / Teis Semey - electric guitar / Fédia Amice - electric guitar

Balthazar Bodin - trombone / Andres Jimenez - piano / Mirko Maio - piano / Alix Logiaco - piano, composition / Gabriel Zufferey - piano / Edgar Dorantes - piano / Ornella Ponnaz - piano / Ramiro González García - saxophone / William Barrett - double bass / Louise Knobil - double bass, electric bass, vocal / Lasse Mørck - double bass / Fabien Sevilla - double bass / Sergio Zepeda - guitar / Julio Valle - electric guitar / Sébastien Bride - electric guitar / Zoltán Kisák - guitar / Fredy Corado - tap dance / Thomas Wadelton - tap dance, ukulele / Laia Mollins - tap dance / Murielle Bortolotti - contemporary dancing / Raphaël Dumont - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet / Ernie Odoom - saxophone, vocal / Frédéric Jaupart - accordion / Elisabeth Barbey - vibraphone

former members
Guillaume Martineau - piano, composition / Marc Drouard - electric guitar / Stéphane Fisch - double bass, electric bass / Alex Bellegarde - double bass / Popol Lavanchy - double bass / Philippe Sola - double bass