Venue: Education Room 1 at Band on the Wall.
Open to 15 participants only.
Max Pollak was inspired by the virtuosic footwork displayed by many of the greats in American film, and most importantly, jazz music. A native of Austria who has lived in New York since 1991, he has been tapping since the age of eleven, and playing drums and percussion since the age of fourteen. From the beginning, he has focused on studying each discipline in depth in order to improve his understanding of the other.
Today Pollak is recognized worldwide as the creator of “RumbaTap.” So respected is Pollak for this concept that his performances, teaching schedule, university lectures, and residencies take him throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Central and South America.
The music/dance ensemble created and named after his unique body percussion/tap concept, premiered in 1999 featuring Bobby Sanabria, Cuban Rumba legend Barbaro Ramos, and Paul Carlon’s Latin jazz quartet Grupo Los Santos.
Max Pollak and RumbaTap let the music play them — hips, shoulders, arms etching pictures in sound and space — the ancient thrill of releasing the beat of your soul by playing “the groove” on the oldest instrument known to man – the body.’