I was born somewhere on earth between blood and flowers.
I have learnt from the good, the bad and the ugly.
I love literature and painting.
I explore the sound of my trumpet.
Tassos Tataroglou (alias Kame) was born in 1985 in Greece, where he studied classical trumpet with Ioannis Karampetsos, besides music theory & analysis and pedagogics. Since 2013 he lives in Basel. Between 2015-2017 he attended the master in free improvisation with Fred Frith and Alfred Zimmerlin in the Music Academy of Basel. His interest about different approaches of musical expression in other cultures led him start learning the shakuhachi in 2019 with the master Ueli Fuyûru Derendinger.
Deeply connected to the exploration of timbre, he created in 2017 the Microtone – Duplex trumpet. This instrument combines most ways of the construction of brass instruments from the Renaissance up to today. The result of this experiment is the main tool for Kame’s music.
Kame is a member of large ensembles (Unorthodox Jukebox Kollektiv, Insub Meta Orchestra) and he often performs in various formations. In 2019 he created the trio “Ishi no Kūki” with Thomas Zimmerman, shakuhachi & Ludovica Bizzari, percussion. His work in transdisciplinary projects includes engagements with video-artists, painters, dancers and theater companies.
In 2019 he published his first works: Escape, Tsuru no sugomori & Materia Ignota and the DVD Basel walks, through which he reveals the big range of possibilities of the microtone-duplex. Later this year he published his arrangement of the remarkable traditional japanese piece for shakuhachi Tsuru no sugomori (Renpoken) in western notation. In March 2020 he released his first duo recording 2:1 with the contrabassist George Kokkinaris.