"Good drummers keep the rhythm but outstanding ones color it. Cappellato is an artisan, whether exploiting a persuasive hip hop beat or providing a melodious song-like solo where he carefully manipulates every inch of his kit."
Mark F. Turner - Allaboutjazz USA
YAH SUPREME is one of the most extraordinary people I know. Not only he's a great MC with a unique musical and rhyming style, a charming entertainer and an inventor of genre, but his generous and open personality makes him a gatherer of some of the most special people I know in my life, regardless of nationality or cultural background.
I met Yah exactly 10 years ago (November 2004) in a French bistro in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and since then we never stopped collaborating, producing songs, touring or more simply just staying in touch, both constantly updated on each other's lives.
Our main collaboration manifested on the album "POST MODERN GARDEN" which I produced back in 2005 (and independently released in '06) with the use of a laptop, a keyboard, a pro-tools m-box and a couple of mics randomly (mis)placed in front of the instruments. I'm very proud of the outcome and although the album didn't get universal attention and recognition, it always received very positive feedback. But, as they say, it's never too late!
Along with the making of the album we co-founded a band and collective named "BROHEMIAN", a concept that is still very much alive and creatively active. The other main members and founders of this establishment are percussionist, drummer and vocalist Chauncey Yearwood and Sean Aiken aka DJ Concerned, both key members in the music scene in NYC.
Now, 8 years later Yah, in collaboration with composer and arranger Andy Barlow aka Tiger VS. Cobra and a few other producers (including myself), eventually finalized what he has been conceiving for the past four years, a new album entitled "NAKED CITY" which features some amazing special guest vocalists on almost all the tracks.
For the album cover and inside artwork Yah selected some stunning shots by street-photographer Simone Settimo, portraying and depicting several dramatic random moments of New York City life, with graphic design by Miko, who also worked on the cover of Post Modern Garden.
The release party of "NAKED CITY" will take place on November 11 2014 (11/11/14) at Meridien 23, a fairly brand new place in the heart of Chelsea where many special guests are expected to attend, both on stage and in the audience. The band will be featuring Adam Ahuja (keys), Hagar Ben Ari (bass), Chauncey Yearwood (percussion & vocals), Tommaso Cappellato (drums), with guest vocalists: Cole Williams, The Incomparable Shakespeare, Dulcinea Detwah, Valerie Evering, Hannah Kavanagh, Cav Manning. The admission to the event is free and it starts at 8pm.
CARLO ATTI (tenor saxophone)
FABRIZIO PUGLISI (piano)
STEFANO SENNI (bass)
TOMMASO CAPPELLATO (drums)
This is one of my favorite combination of people I have the pleasure to play with from time to time. Each one of these musicians has a very profound and intimate relation to music, very spiritual and intellectual at the same time. They way our voices and background combine makes it so that something special and magical happens whenever we perform. Spontaneity is the key as we all speak the same language. Hopefully all this will be properly recorded on an album. These are some moments from our last gig at Spazio Indue in Bologna on October 23 2014.
#spiritual #avantgarde #free #JAZZ
On October 18 2014 I will be holding a music workshop open to all instrumentalists in Castelfranco Veneto (TV) Italy. I will be talking about practice strategies, developing a personal sound, choosing a stylistical direction, performance psychology and many other topics. Depending on the attendance students will be invited to perform as well. The event will take place in a wonderful new facility called Improve, a newly renovated and sound-proofed warehouse geared with top qualitiy instrumentation.
Questo workshop e' rivolto a tutti gli strumentisti che si vogliono confrontare col mondo creativo della musica. Si spazierà dagli aspetti tecnici strumentali, strategie di studio, sviluppo di un suono personale, approccio con il mondo del lavoro e tante altre tematiche. Verranno trattati vari stili della musica afro-centrica (jazz/funk/latin) e di sperimentazione (avant-garde, improvvisazione ed elettronica). Dipendentemente dal numero dei partecipanti gli studenti verranno chiamati a suonare per approfondire alcuni argomenti. L'evento si terra' presso la scuola di musica Improve a Castelfranco Veneto (TV), luogo dotato di strumentazione eccellenti e spazi insonorizzati.
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Very excited about these two upcoming events in the city of London. September 21 (International Peace Day) I will be joining drummer/producer Nick Woodmansey (aka Emanative) to select some Spiritual Jazz vinyl records at Brilliant Corners, a stylish lounge/restaurant with an amazing old school sound system in the heart of Dalston.
On Thursday September 25 I will be back at Mau Mau Bar in Portobello Rd. - Nottinghill for Jazz Re:freshed night to premier my live solo set "Aforemention" where I'll be improvising on drums, a Juno 60 synthesizer, a looper and effects. So grateful to this crew of amazing indivuals who made the effort of putting out the Astral Travel album "Cosm'ethic" last year!
Almost one year has gone by since "Cosm'ethic" was first released on UK record label Jazz Re:freshed. Since then, both the album and the band have been on a constant spotlight, receiving props from all sources and performing at very prestigious venues (i.e. Mau Mau Bar in London, La Casa del Jazz in Rome and Prince Charles in Berlin for the Free Spirits event organized by Jaw Family in conjunction with Gilles Peterson's Steve Reid Foundation).
Last year DJ and producer Shuya Okino of "Kyoto Jazz Massive" awarded Tommaso Cappellato as the year's "Best New Artist" on his radio program "Jazz Ain't Jazz" on Japan's Inter FM, while the album was featured as one of the highlights of 2013 on Bandcamp Weekly, the major indie music internet store. The album has also been played by DJ's and podcasters in all continents... well all except Antarctica :-)
In February 2014 Astral Travel got officially included in Berlin-based booking & management agency Best Works' roster along with other amazing acts such as Jazzanova, Da Lata, Mop Mop and Fat Freddy's Drop. Thanks to this "Cosm'ethic" was introduced to P-Vine Records and in no time agreements were made to license the album in Japan.
Here's the P-Vine release, more Cosm'ethic than ever!!!
And this is how the album is presented in major retail stores throughout the country!! What!?!
Only a few days ago an extensive article about the record and its release on P-Vine Records was published by aforementioned DJ Shuya Okino, a major contributor to Astral Travel's fame in Japan. Thank you Shuya!!
You can read all other reviews at the following page:
More news to come about Astral Travel in the next few weeks. For any updates please like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/astraltravelmusic
I never really took the time to talk in depth about my friendship and musical relationship with vibraphonist, pianist, bassist and composer Bill Ware. Bill and I met around 1997 when I first arrived in New York, thanks to saxophonist Jay Rodriguez, who had been living in Italy prior to that time and convinced me to move to the U.S. During that time both Jay and Bill were very active with Groove Collective, the most popular acid-jazz band in New York, featuring some great musicians who I became quite acquainted with such as trumpet player Fabio Morgera, trombonist Josh Roseman, keyboardists Itaal Shur and Barney McCall. I used to go see them perform quite often and only now I realize how influential their music has been for my musical development. Bill has also been part of the "Jazz Passengers", a theatrical and conceptual jazz band born out of John Lurie's "Lounge Lizards" and led by alto saxophonist and story teller Roy Nathanson.
Starting in 2002 I started collaborating with Bill on a regular basis playing gigs around New York City. We mainly performed with one of the most amazing bass players I've had the pleasure to play with, Mr. Bradley Jones, also a member of the Jazz Passengers. Bill and Brad had a trio called "Vibes" including the original drummer from the Jazz Passengers, E.J. Rodriguez (not to be confused with the saxophone player from Groove Collective), who at the time had relocated in Phoenix (AZ). We mostly played the trio repertoire with the addition of a few improvisations and jazz standards. Here's a not so hi-res video of a performance we made in 2005 at the legendary Nyuorican Poets Cafe', with Chauncey Yearwood on congas.
As time went by Bill started recording me on drums for a series of different projects he was working on. One of the first things to come out was an outstanding 14 minutes through-composed piece entitled "Das Juengste Kind" from the album "Bach Set" co-led by Bill and cellist Sarah Wollan with a wonderful line-up of musicians including Roy Nathanson, DK Dyson, Brad Jones, Curtis Fowlkes, David Wechsler, E.J. Rodriguez, Russ Johnson, Tommaso Cappellato, Victoria Paterson and Sam Bardfeld.
In early 2005 Bill decided to start a new challenge called "Urban Vibes" thanks to a residency we had at Acme Underground, a club located on Great Jones St, in Noho. The concept around this project was to have an open ensemble with different players who would alternate according to each one's availability and to experiment with different instrumentation settings. The core nucleus of this band included Bill on vibes, me on drums, Chauncey Yearwood on vocals and percussion, Giorgio Poli on electronics, Freddy Shehadi and sometimes Marc Ribot on guitar. Many hours of music have been tracked and to this day Bill is still working on this material.
Another project that involves me on drums is "New Vibes" featuring a series of new original compositions written by Bill in which he also acts as vocalist. This project includes saxophonist Jay Rodriguez and bassist Brad Jones. Hopefully all of this material will be available soon and it's one of the freshest things I've heard lately. Here's me, Brad and Bill after a recent show at Nublu in NYC.
Thanks to Bill in May 2005 I got to play with the Jazz Passengers featuring Debbie Harry (aka Blondie) in occasion of the Howl Festival held by the Federation of East Village Artists paying tribute to Allen Ginsberg. I was so honored to be part of the show, the music was great and Debbie revealed to be a true, humble and sweet person. Among the guests I remember seeing Philipp Glass and "meeting" Bjork who inadvertently ended up punching me in the face while dancing like crazy!!
My collaboration with Mr. Ware has never stopped since and we've been performing in various settings throughout the years. In May 2014 we'll be performing two shows at Nublu in New York City: May 11 featuring Brad Jones on bass with special guests Francesco Geminiani (saxophone) and Francesco Fratini (trumpet), and May 25 featuring Saadi Zian on bass with special guests Kazu Kumagai (tap dance). Hope to see you there and for many more shows to come!!
We're well deep into spring and a new chapter has started. After three great shows with Astral Travel in Italy, I'm now in New York to run some bureaucratic errands and play some shows. It's been a week since I've been here and I was able to reconnect with lots of friends and musical partners I haven't seen in quite a long time. So great to see how everybody is doing so well!
Starting this weekend, Friday April 25, I'll be playing at improv session Paradigm Refrain with Nico Soffiato on guitar and Giacomo Merega on electric bass at Goodbye Blue Monday in Brooklyn. On Sunday April 27 I'll be part of Michael Blake's Band featuring Teddy Kumpel and Tim Luntzel at Bizarre Bar in Bushwick playing some rare and obscure oldies. On May 10 I will be joining Rosita Késs and Doug Wieselman at Nublu to perform Rosita's originals while on the 17th I'll be performing duo with the legendary Don Byron paying tribute to John Coltrane at Michiko's Studios on 46 St. (bet. Times Sq. & 6th Ave.). More shows to be confirmed in the next few days.
Some exciting news regarding Astral Travel are our new partnership with Berlin-based booking agent Daniel Best of Best Works (Jazzanova, Da Lata, Mop Mop) and the release of "Cosm'ethic" on Japanese label P-VINE Records on June 4 2014, while Shuya Okino from Kyoto Jazz Massive selected us as Best New Artist of 2013 for the JAJ InterFM Awards. A series of interviews and reviews have come out on Musica Jazz, Soundwall Magazine, Witclub and radio podcasters worldwide have been playing the album on a regular basis.
A new video has been released for the GIBUS 2014 campaign featuring myself on drums, Ty Le Blanc (voice), Andrea Lombardini (bass) and Alfonso Santimone (keys). It's an ad shot to market their brand new line of high-end gazebos "Sun Room". For the occasion Ty and I co-wrote the song "Let The Sunshine In".
A new promotional video has been released by the Jazz Re:freshed crew, an interview where we talk about my favorite records in my vynil collection.
A new Mixtape of mine has been broadcasted on Polish Radio Kampus through the series "Digital Meditation". Here's what they had to say about it: "Making long story short, the inspiration information continues! Musician responsible for one of the best jazz albums of 2013, encouraged by Maceo’s sonic meditation phenomenon (#91) hit us with special transcendental jazz-mix prepared exclusively for our show! We still can’t hide our excitation and can’t wait to launch this beautiful trip for you. Don’t think twice and tune in to listen meditation of one of our favorite drummers around – Tommaso Cappellato!"
Enjoy the spring and hope to bring some more exciting news in the weeks to come.
"Music brings you places" (Anonymous)
Recently returned from a trip in India, where I regained my energies after a fierce 2013, I'm back in the grind moving around and making moves. The musical season started with a nice series of gigs with my friends Rosita Késs and Richard Julian, two wonderful songwriters and musicians who I have been playing with for a few years. The release of the album we recorded together in 2012 in New Orleans is way overdue but it should definitely happen this year.
The album "Cosm'ethic" keeps receiving props from every possible source: magazines, blogs, radio programs and podcasts from all over the world. "World Traveller" was featured on 2013's last episode of "Bandcamp Weekly" (the world's largest independent online music store) as one of the highlights of last year, while Shuya Okino of Kyoto Jazz Massive in Japan listed us among the five Best New Artists of the year. On January 24 Astral Travel opened the new season of concerts at the prestigious Casa del Jazz in Rome and other gigs are to follow in early spring around northern Italy. For en extensive read of recent reviews you can visit the Album Page.
I'm currently in Berlin playing CTM Festival on January 29 with Upperground Orchestra led by DJ and producer Rabih Beaini and featuring Piero Bittolo Bon on reeds and Alvise Seggi on bass. Joining the concert will be legendary and visionary musician and composer Charles Cohen, worldwide renown for having mastered the Buchla Music Easel synthesizer, an extremely rare integrated analog performance instrument made by pioneer Don Buchla. On January 31 I will join piano player and composer Kelvin Sholar, originally from Detroit and a Berlin resident, for a piano trio performance at Kaffeehaus Mila.
Back in Italy I will play a double date with a massive quartet featuring Carlo Atti on tenor saxophone, Fabrizio Puglisi on piano and Stefano Senni on bass. This will take place at Barazzo in Bologna February 8-9, while on February 20 I will join young talents Alessandro Lanzoni and Gabriele Evangelista for piano trio performance in Siena, Tuscany. Those who are familiar with these players know what they're in for!
Other big news are around the corner but it's quite too early for them to be revealed so stay tuned. You can subscribe to the NEWSLETTER and like my FACEBOOK PAGE to keep informed. Thank you all for your support!