We welcome back to the UK and Birmingham Jazz, Tassos, now a resident of Sweden, touring his new album 'In the North'. An album that Tassos considers his best-recorded work yet and one that confirms his reputation as one of the most accomplished guitarists of his generation and a musician that brings something truly new to the Jazz table. The music builds on to the modern Jazz idiom, but this time new influences from Greek folk music, film music, flamenco, blues and fusion are incorporated.
Born in 1978 in Athens, Greece, Tassos Spiliotopoulos moved to London in 2000 to pursue music and since 2013 is based in Stockholm, Sweden. While in London Tassos quickly became a part of the UK Jazz scene and worked with many of the country's top musicians. He also studied at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama (Mmus) and Trinity College of Music (Bmus, Hons).
Since the very beginning of his time in London Tassos has been touring with his own bands as well as numerous other creative projects, performing in clubs and festivals in over 15 countries in Europe, America and Asia. He has worked with artists such as Kenny Wheeler, Gary Husband, Asaf Sirkis, Dimitri Vassilakis, John Parricelli, Mike Outram, John Etheridge, and more.
In 2005, Tassos formed a quartet with three of the most talented musicians he has been playing with, Asaf Sirkis, Robin Fincker and Yaron Stavi. The idea was to create a fresh sounding, contemporary group that combines lyrical, extended-form compositions with high energy improvising. The Quartet's first album 'Wait For Dusk' was released by Konnex Records in 2006.
Tassos' second album 'Archipelagos' was released in 2010 on F-IRE records and featured special guests Kenny Wheeler and John Parricelli. The album was warmly received by the international music press praising Tassos' distinct guitar style and unique compositional approach.
2016 marked a new collaboration between Tassos and Swedish musicians Örjan Hultén, Fredrik Rundqvist, Palle Sollinger with the release of the new album 'In the North'.
Tassos Spiliotopoulos– guitar, Örjan Hultén - saxophone, Robert Erlandsson - bass, Fredrik Rundqvist - drums.
Here are two videos of the band
Some links where you can listen to the new album 'In the North'
An interview Tassos did for London Jazz News..
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