Educated as a classical and a jazz musician at the Brussels Conservatory, he started his career on the commercial music scene. As a sideman he worked, recorded and toured with several popular artists: the late Bart Van den Bossche, Philippe Robrecht, Johan Verminnen and many more. As a session musician he cooperated on many of their recordings.

Van Marcke gradually found his way into his own music, jazz. Leaded his own bands and performed on Blue Note Festival, Brossella, Klarafestival, Gentse Feesten, Jazz in ’t Park, Concertgebouw Brugge. Recorded with renowned jazz musicians: David Linx, Peter Hertmans, Pascal Schumacher, Bart Quartier and many more.

Recent years he performs as a solo pianist, playing his own music and jazz standards. But still he loves to gather his fellow musicians in small line-ups.

Since 2020 he’s playing keyboards with the symphonic rock band Isopoda.

Bart Quartier (vibes) – Bart De Lausnay (bass trombone) – Karel Van Marcke (piano

Inspired by the restrictions following the corona-lockdown, Karel and singer Kyoko Baertsoen go and jazz-up corona-proof parties.

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