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Tassos Spiliotopoulos

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.

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Thomas Clausen

Thomas Clausen is regarded by many as one of Europe’s top Pianists.
He has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Ben Webster and many others.

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Thomas Poll

Thomas Poll, born  22-04-1989 grew up in a family where music was important.
He started with the violin and at the age of 10 he startet playing upright bass. During his school years he played in several bigbands, bands and a symphonic orchestra, his passion for music was growing.
At the age of 18 he started to begin his study at Codarts Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Rotterdam. In his 3rd year he did an exchange program to New Orleans for 1 year.

In that time he learned a lot and playing with international known musicians  such as Jason Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Leah Chase and so on.
When he came back he graduated from codarts with a 9.5.
After that things started to roll, tours in Europe, Asia and trips back to New Orleans.
Playing with some of the finest musicians in Holland such as Hans van Oosterhout, Peter Beets, John Engels and so on.
Right now he lives in Holland and he has some big plans for the future, doing his master in New Orleans!

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Tom Lumley

After Graduating with a first class BA honours degree from the prestigious jazz course at Leeds College of Music in 2008 Tom Lumley‘s skills lay in his uncanny improvisational ability and creative approach.
With interests and influences from the jazz world along with keen interests in Contemporary Improvised music, Balkan folk music, Hudustani Classical music, Afro Cuban music and DIY Avant Guard Electronica he has a very broad palette of tastes and knowledge. Tom’s main musical focus is involved with the acute and detailed processes of improvisation.

His interests lay in how the combinations of musical elements from separate genres can lay on top of each other and how both academic processes and emotive urges and senses can be combined to produce wonderfully elaborate music without the need for pre-learned scores or musical preconceptions.
In 2011 Tom was granted the Welsh Arts Council’s “Advanced Study Award” funding to study a Master of Music course at CODARTS Conservatory in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) specialising in research on the use of Low Tech electronics within freely improvised music and its application practically and academically.
Tom has performed with many artists, names including Tony Allen (Fela Kuti), Mathew Bourne, Frank Vigroux, Chris Sharkey (Acoustic Lady Land, Trio Vd), Dave Kane, Huw Warren, along with being an active Member of LIMA (Leeds improvised Music Association).
Tom has recently become more involved with the Cologne (Germany) free improv scene completing extensive tours across Germany and The Netherlands.

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Tuur Moens

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Vangelis Karipis

Vangelis Karipis was born in Athens in 1971. He became involved with traditional Greek music from an early age, studying oud as well as Byzantine music. From the age of sixteen he started teaching himself percussion. He followed seminars in ethnic percussion with important musicians such as Tricy Sankaran, Joe Santos, Jamey Haddad, and Alfredo Reyes.
He has worked with many Greek composers and singers and has participated in many concerts and international festivals (Womad, Sfinx, Meinz). He has collaborated with internationally renown soloists, both in concerts and in recordings.

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In 2004 he represented Greece at the Medimuses international percussion convention in Tunis. He also participated in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens Olympics.
In 1997 he established, together with Andreas Pappas and Petros Kourtis, the percussion group “Krotala”, with which they perform concerts and participate in festivals in Greece and abroad.
His records to date are Krousta in collaboration with Andreas Pappas and Yiorgos Gevgelis, and Krotala with Andreas Papas and Petros Kourtis.
He teaches percussion in musical high schools and conservatories in Athens.
Source: www.musipedia.gr

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Yaron Stavi

He is featured on Gilmour’s Best Selling album Rattle That Lock which was released in 2015.
He is a long time collaborator of Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music and appears on Phil’s albums 6PM, Vozero, 50 Minutes Later, Firebird VII, The Sound of Blue and more.
Yaron has toured with Phil Manzanera and on a residency in Ronny Scott’s Jazz Club in London they hosted David Gilmour among other guests. He has played again with David Gilmour on a charity concert where they were joined on stage by the likes of Kate Moss, Lilly Allen, Shane Macgowan and Madness’s singer Suggs.

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He is featured on Gilmour’s Best Selling album Rattle That Lock which was released in 2015.
He is a long time collaborator of Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music and appears on Phil’s albums 6PM, Vozero, 50 Minutes Later, Firebird VII, The Sound of Blue and more.
Yaron has toured with Phil Manzanera and on a residency in Ronny Scott’s Jazz Club in London they hosted David Gilmour among other guests. He has played again with David Gilmour on a charity concert where they were joined on stage by the likes of Kate Moss, Lilly Allen, Shane Macgowan and Madness’s singer Suggs.
In 2017 Yaron recorded with Annie Lennox and Ralph McTell.
Yaron played on Robert Wyatt’s albums Cuckooland and Comicopera.
He plays on Monica Vasconcelos’s Album The São Paulo Tapes which was produced by Robert Wyatt.
He plays with The Blockheads as a substitute for their legendary bass player Norman Watt-Roy.
Yaron recorded a few albums for John Zorn’s label Tzadik with Koby Israelite and works with singersongwriters Victor Vox, Beatie Wolfe and Sonia Bernardo. In 2019 Yaron moved back to Germany and he now lives in Stuttgart.

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