Kay Sleking plays tango in various formations. He performs as a soloist, as an accompanist, in an ensemble or in an orquésta típica. He combines his excellent technique with profound musicality and swing.
As a double bass player Sleking plays in Gran Orquesta Tipica OTRA and played in his Orquésta Típica Bélgica. In addition, he also plays in trio, quartet or quintet formation.
As a bandoneonist he has a solo program, interspersed with guitar solos. He also plays in small ensembles, including his guitar trio Guitarras Tango, where he plays both guitar and bandoneon.
Concert halls and festivals
Since the early nineties, Sleking has performed with various musicians in concert halls at home and abroad. He could be heard in The Concertgebouw and De Kleine Komedie in Amsterdam, and in the Rotterdam Doelen. He played at the Ullapool Guitar Festival in Scotland, the Healdsburg Guitar Festival in San Francisco and the Festival de Fénétrange in France.
Kay Sleking played among others with the bandoneonists Alfredo Marcucci, Leo Vervelde, Victor Hugo Villena, Carel Kraayenhof and with among others pianists Wim Warman (Sexteto Canyengue) & Julian Peralta (Astillero), violinist Martijn van der Linden (Astillero). In 2005 Kay Sleking founded Guitarras Tango, with which he performs at home and abroad. In 2012 he founded Orquesta Tipica Tango Masivo with, among others, Julian Peralta. In 2016 he started with Orquésta Típica Bélgica, which specialized in dance repertoire.
From March 2018 he starts with Nocturnal Stories, a music theater show in which he weaves a story with his three instruments.
“The day you do not know where you are going, just remember where you came from. For me, it was always the voice of the instruments. Guitar, double bass, and bandoneon. ”
In 2006 his solo CD Guitarra Y Tango was released, with traditional tangos in new arrangements. With bandoneonist Victor Hugo, he recorded the CD Valdarno with, among other things, new compositions. With Guitarras Tango he recorded the CD Flor de Lino and with Martin de Ruiter Tango Noche. He played on several CDs of colleagues, including the new CD by Victor Hugo Villena.
Sleking is a lecturer at the Argentine Tango department of the Rotterdam Conservatoire. He supervises the guitar ensemble Guitarras Porteñas and the orquésta típica TOC, among others. With Guitarras Porteñas and the Orquesta Tipica OTRA he played in 2006 at the tango festival in Buenos Aires. In addition, he regularly performs with Guitarras Porteñas. Sleking arranges on various levels for various ensembles and guitar, gives workshops in tango guitar and tango ensembles and presentations tango history.
Kay Sleking studied classical guitar at the Amsterdam and Rotterdam Conservatoire. During his master’s degree in Argentine tango, he specialized in the Argentine Tango department of the Rotterdam Conservatoire, with the Argentine guitarist, arranger and composer Coco Nelegatti. He was laureate for his graduation concert and was hired as a main subject teacher at the department.