Tassos Spiliotopoulos

Tassos Spiliotopoulos

Musicians | Instrument: Guitar | Location: Stockholm

Compelling guitarist Spiliotopoulos creates dark, modal jazz...a band and a guitarist to watch out for.
—Time Out, London

Updated: December 28, 2021

Born: June 10, 1978

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 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 'Tassos Spiliotopoulos Quartet' with some of the most talented musicians from the London jazz scene. 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 marks a new collaboration between Tassos and musicians from Sweden and the release of the 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 as well as a composer that brings something truly new to the Jazz table. As with previous Tassos Spiliotopoulos albums, 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.

In 2021, after a period of intense touring Tassos released 'Solitude - EP' featuring a trio with Kevin Glasgow and Asaf Sirkis. 2021 also marks the start of a new collaboration with Greek musicians Michael Evdemon and Panos Vassilopoulos called S.E.V. Trio. The new trio released a series of videos including 'Live in Athens' as well as their debut album 'Far from Close' featuring original music written by Tassos Spiliotopoulos and Michael Evdemon.

Gear

PRS guitars, Roland amps, Line 6 effects


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’’..arising from eclectic influences, this is original music for concentration, absorption and enjoyment.’’ (London Jazz News)

"Compelling guitarist Spiliotopoulos creates dark, modal jazz... a band and a guitarist to watch out for." —Time Out, London

"...Guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos, a six-string shredder clearly influenced by Allan Holdsworth and John McLaughlin, flaunts some impressive chops..." —Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

"...Tassos Spiliotopoulos developed his melodic originals into a lucid flow of elegant ideas." —Evening Standard

"...In the sound of excellent Jazz guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos we hear fusion masters such as Allan Holdsworth, Scott Henderson and John McLaughlin, as well as younger important players such as Kurt Rosenwinkel and Ben Monder." — Jazz & Tzaz Magazine

Corridor (Part 2)

From: Ballad for a new world
By Tassos Spiliotopoulos

Seven Wishes

From: Far from Close
By Tassos Spiliotopoulos

Solitude

From: Solitude
By Tassos Spiliotopoulos

Ποιμενικόν (Shepherd's Minor)

From: In the North
By Tassos Spiliotopoulos

The Quest

From: Archipelagos
By Tassos Spiliotopoulos

Tassos Spiliotopoulos Albums