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Tatu Kantomaa on toiminut musiikin monipuolisena ammattilaisena jo pitkään. Hänen yli 30-vuotinen uransa koostuu lukemattomista esiintymisistä Suomessa ja ulkomailla, levytyksistä sekä sävellys- ja sovitustyöstä. Tatu asui ulkomailla, Islannissa ja Saksassa, yhteensä 12 vuotta ja palasi sitten kotikaupunkiinsa 2008. Rovaniemellä Tatu on jatkanut freelance muusikon töitä mm. teatterimuusikkona Rovaniemen teatterissa ja Pieni kansani laulu-näytelmätrilogian parissa Äkäslompolossa.

Uransa viime vuosikymmenellä Tatu on keskittynyt enemmän sävellystyöhön. Viimeisimpiä valmiita teoksia ovat nykysirkusesitys “Tick”, tanssiesitys “VillerValla” sekä nukketeatteri ja sirkusesitys “Mörkö - Ei mitään pelättävää”. Lisäksi Tatu on säveltänyt teoksia Pohjoinen kantama - yhtyeen ohjelmistoon syksystä 2013 lähtien.

Tatu Kantomaa is an accomplished Finnish artist whose career spans over 30 years. His public appearances include solo-accordion performances, playing in numerous venues in theatre and musical productions as well as in ensemble recordings. In recent years, Tatu has focused on compositions, music production and arrangements as well as holding an instructor position at an adult education center in Rovaniemi, north Finland.

Tatu has performed publicly since the age of seven. Countless appearances in Finland with his mentor, Mr.Veikko Ahvenainen gave Tatu a solid training in public performance, culminating in his solo debut at the Hyvinkää accordion festival in Finland in 1985. In 1986-1987 he toured the United States and Japan accompanied by Mr. Ahvenainen and during this time they performed together on television shows in Moscow and Eastern Germany.

In 1996 Tatu  became a permanent member of the Icelandic alternative group Rússíbanar. Also pursuing a solo career, however, he released the solo album “Listen” and saw it through with a concert tour in Iceland. In 1999 Tatu moved to Hanover, Germany, studying under Elsbeth Moser for two years in the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater”. During this time he formed a duo with Finnish tenor Harri Kaitila, focusing on Finnish tango music and touring Germany extensively in 2001.

Tatu returned to Iceland in 2002 and has gained popularity in various different musical scenes performing solo and with musicians like Egill Ólafsson, Björgvin Halldórsson, Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir, Kolbeinn Ketilsson, Guðni Franzson, Matthías Hemstock and Hjörleifur Valsson among others. Along with recording performances and appearances in theatre venues such as the National Theatre of Iceland, Tatu has been extending his accordion prowess into the world of the bandoneon, the instrument mostly used in the Argentinian tango music.

Tatu moved back to Finland in 2008 and continues his work as an artist and a teacher in his home country.

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