Born: June 10, 1978
Greek guitarist and composer Tassos Spiliotopoulos is known for combining lyrical compositions with melodic, high energy improvising into a style that is rooted in Jazz tradition but often expands beyond it.
With a solid reputation as a "technically gifted musician," Tassos has built an impressive résumé of collaborations "in a relatively short time," as praised by All About Jazz (US). The progressive website Jazz-rock.com (US) labeled Tassos ‘..simply a master improviser with his own unique chording and melodic phrasing.’
Drawing from his vast musical influences, Tassos crafts compelling compositions with a "dark, modal jazz" . Time Out, London (UK) praises him as a guitarist to watch out for, leading bands with an enthralling energy that captivates listeners.
Building upon the works of classic and modern jazz masters alike, Tassos displays his virtuosity with "impressive chops" on the six-string, as acclaimed by Bill Milkowski of Jazz Times (US).
Tassos Spiliotopoulos has to date recorded five albums of all original music. His latest album ‘Ballad for a New World’ is hailed by The JazzMann (UK) as ‘A collection of intelligent, varied and highly melodic original compositions..’
With a modest approach and unwavering dedication to his craft, Tassos Spiliotopoulos continues pushing contemporary jazz's boundaries. From intimate club performances to international stages, Tassos's "lucid flow of elegant ideas," as Evening Standard (UK) described, transports listeners on a mesmerizing journey through a rich tapestry of emotions. As his reputation grows, so does the admiration for his musical prowess and the genuine passion he brings to each performance.
PRS guitars, Ibanez guitars, Roland amps, Line 6 effects
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Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
Tassos is available for guitar lessons online (Skype, FaceTime etc)
Some of the areas of focus in the lessons are:
- Guitar technique, exercises, practice routine
- Chord voicings
- Fretboard knowledge, scales, patterns
- Approaches to improvisation
- Composition - finding your voice in music