Welcome to my online place. My name is Tassos Tataroglou (alias Kame) and I am a multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, shakuhachi, voice, guitar), improvisor and composer born in Thessaloniki (GR) in 1985. Since 2013 I live in Basel (CH).
I studied classical trumpet performance with Tassos Giamouridis and Giannis Karampetsos, modern singing with Georgia Syllaiou, as well as music theory, analysis and pedagogics in Athens & Thessaloniki. I continued my studies in contemporary music and especially in free improvisation with Fred Frith and Alfred Zimmerlin in the Music Academy of Basel (2015-2017). Before and during my master’s I received lessons in viola da gamba and baroque singing in Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, as well as choir conducting courses in the Music Academy of Basel. My interest in different approaches of musical expression in other cultures led me start shakuhachi lessons with the master of Kinko Ryu and Taizan Ha styles Ueli Fuyûru Derendinger.
Deeply connected to the exploration of timbre, I created in 2017 the Microtone – Duplex trumpet, which combines most ways of the construction of brass instruments from the Renaissance up to today and it is the most important tool in my music.
Since 2016 I am a member of Unorthodox Jukebox Kollektiv in Basel & since 2017 member of Insub Meta Orchestra based in Geneva. In 2015 I created together with cinematographer and video artist Kostas Tataroglou the audio-visual improvisation duo Incounterpoint vol.1 with which we performed in Switzerland, France, Spain & Greece. My work in transdisciplinary projects includes engagements with painters, dancers and theater companies.
In 2019 I published my first solo albums Escape, Tsuru no sugomori, Materia Ignota, the DVD with works of Incounterpoint vol.1 Basel walks and the book with the transcription of Tsuru no Sugomori – Renpoken in staff notation. In March 2020 I released together with the greek contrabass player George Kokkinaris the album 2:1.
The times of the pandemic, although sadly without concerts and social contacts turned to be quite creative and inspirational. Apart from the time in the studio working on solo stuff, new ideas etc, I had the luck and the pleasure to collaborate with artists like Giancarlo Nicolai, Eric Ruffing, Thomas Zimmermann, d’incise, Violeta Motta, Florian Walter, Mikael Szafirowski, Mara Winter, Clara de Asìs, Marina Tantanozi, Christoph Schiller, Ludovica Bizzari, Ursina Früh, Romana Ramer, Charlotte Elise Böttger, Simon Wenger et al.