Purple Gazelle is tap dancer Marije Nie's band built around the classic combination of tap dance and jazz. Virtuoso feet, stomping rhythms, open ballads and free improvisations bring out intense interactions between the musicians and the tap dancer. Together they hunt for sounds, grooves and songs that inspire and challenge the musicians, dancer and audiences.
Marije Nie: tap dance
Christian Pabst: piano
Guillaume Ortet: bas
Erik Kooger: drums
With classic songs by Duke Ellington as a starting point and the avant garde jazz as beacon, Purple Gazelle looks for adventure. Keeping one leg firmly in the (glorious) past and one leg into the future, tap dancer Marije Nie and her musicians create new paths in the rich tradition of tap dance and jazz.