Astral Travel – “If You Say You Are From This Planet, Why Do You Treat It Like You Do?” out on Hyperjazz Records March 20 2020

Enter a world in which drummer and composer Tommaso Cappellato leads a new configuration of his Astral Travel ensemble, comprised of select improvisers from the contemporary creative music scene.

Inspired by the poetry of Sun Ra inscribed within the pages of the book “This Planet Is Doomed”, the music and lyrics focus on the current consciousness of the planet, raising questions and issues of humanity’s collective spiritual direction. The body of work contained in this album is the result of numerous live-in-studio improvisations, deconstructed in a meticulous post-production process by avant-garde electronic producer Rabih Beaini.

Vocalists Dwight Trible and Camilla Battaglia sing and declaim the poems, which are enveloped in a spontaneous musical magma. Each piece is collectively created by Tommaso Cappellato on drums along with pianist Fabrizio Puglisi, reeds player Piero Bittolo Bon, who also contributes to the electronic soundscape, and double bassist Marco Privato. Astral Travel was created in memory of Cappellato’s late mentor, pianist and arranger Harry Whitaker, composer of the ‘70s masterpiece “Black Renaissance”.

Butterflying Bonus Tracks and New Video

Starting October 16 I will be touring with my solo act and with some musical heavy weights in several cities across the US. The tour is supported by Italia Music Export, powered by SIAE. Facebook events and ticket links below.

For the occasion I’m releasing two new Butterflying Bonus Tracks and a new video clip of “No Flies For A Closed Mouth” (feat. Piero Bittolo Bon) contained in the original “Butterflying LP” out on Mother Tongue Records. Copies of the vinyl will be available at each show. Cover Designs by Raimund Wong.


Tommaso Cappellato US Tour Supported by Italia Music Export

My upcoming US tour courtesy of Italia Music Export starts October 16 at some of my favorite spots around the country. I’ll be performing with my solo act as well as collaborating with some musical heavy weights!

For the occasion I’ll be releasing two Butterflying Bonus Tracks mixed & mastered by none other than Zeroh out on Bandcamp and all streaming platforms on October 15.

Here the details, hope to see you soon somewhere!

10.16 Trio + C. Brown & Y. Yamamoto – Bar Lunatico, Brooklyn (NY)
10.18 Solo + Nickodemus + Spy From Cairo – Nublu, New York (NY)
10.22 Solo + Korgy & Bass – The Hallowed Halls, Portland (OR)
10.23 Solo + Carlos Overall & Friends – Royal Room, Seattle (WA)
10.25 Solo + Mark de Clive-Lowe “Church” – Cafe Stritch, San Jose (CA)
10.26 Solo + Mark de Clive-Lowe “Church” – Spirithaus, Oakland (CA)
10.27 Solo + Mark de Clive-Lowe “Church” – Teragram, Los Angeles (CA)
10.29 Dub + Todd Simon “Hodgepodge” – Apotheke, Los Angeles (CA)

Many thanks to Re::life Bookings, Jonathan Rudnick at Soul’d Out Productions for putting it all together and Edoardo Cantarella at Weird Studio for the graphic design. Flyer photo by Elena Botti.

Upperground Orchestra plays Panorama Bar and releases “Euganea”

After three years of hiatus Upperground Orchestra – led by Rabih Beaini and featuring Piero Bittolo-Bon, Alvise Seggi, Tommaso Cappellato and new entry as an additional drummer Daniele De Santis – will be performing at legendary techno venue Berghain-Panorama Bar in Berlin, Germany as part of a label two-nights event presenting four new releases.


The Upperground Orchestra LP, titled Euganea, was recorded at the Renaissance-era Villa dei Vescovi outside Padua in 2016 during the Musica Veneta residency supported by Fondo Ambiente Italiano. It’s the four-piece electronic jazz group’s first release since 2012’s The Eupen Takes. The lineup for Euganea features Beaini on electronics and spatula, Tommaso Cappellato on drums and percussion, Alvise Seggi on bass and oud plus Piero Bittolo Bon on woodwinds and electronics. The five-track LP is out October 7th.



“Butterflying” out on Mother Tongue Records

Butterflying — the latest offering from Italian multi-instrumentalist, producer and selector, Tommaso Cappellato — is an honest celebration of musical evolution.

Inspired by a recent trip to NYC (where he spent most of his formative years) and a beat tape by definition, these eight tracks saunter between lo-fi hip hop and free jazz, from downtempo electronica to ambient bliss; the result of an open-hearted approach to discovery and time spent meticulously unearthing, rearranging and merging old and new material.It’s this ‘built with care’ attitude that makes Butterflying the perfect first release on dj/producer Patrick Gibin’s groundbreaking new venture, Mother Tongue. Started in 2019, it houses an independent record label, vinyl pressing plant, distribution and shop under one roof, prioritising growing quality relationships with quality artists.

Download + Vinyl here:


Mother Tongue Records Launch Party

Saturday May 4 Mother Tongue vinyl pressing plant, record label & distribution launch party will be happening in Verona, Italy with a stellar lineup of djs and live musicians: Volcov, Kaidi Tatham, Patrick Gibin, Gin Tonic Orchestra & yours truly! make sure you get your tickets in advance as space is limited. Supported by Sounds Familiar.

Mother Tongue will be releasing Tommaso’s upcoming beat tape “Butterflying” on May 21. Pre-sales will start on May 6.

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Upcoming Solo in Detroit, April 26

Excited to be debuting in Detroit at Motorcity Wine on April 26. I’ll be presenting a new solo set featuring tracks contained in the upcoming beat tape soon to be released on Mother Tongue Records. Opening set: Leafar!


Solo Live Recording at Fylkingen in Stockholm

During the debut week in Stockholm of “Elephantine”, a 9-piece band presented by Egyptian musician and composer Maurice Louca – and which I’m part of as one of two drummers – I had the opportunity to introduce a more experimental side of my solo Aforemention, using exclusively acoustic drums, Sunhouse Sensory Percussion and a JDXI Roland synth.

The whole set is based on improvisation around 5 scenes, or movements. There is a whole plot I’m developing but won’t reveal any of it until it’s fully conceived. In the meantime you can listen to the recording masterfully executed by experimental musician, sound engineer and art director John Chantler.

Tommaso teams up with Sunhouse Sensory Percussion

In the beginning of 2018 I joined forces with avant-thinking company Sunhouse Sensory Percussion and acquired four of their sensors to enhance my solo performances. Since then my Aforemention set has reached a new plateau in terms of sound, direction and versatility.

The sensors are attached to each of the four drums and have three methods of sound acquisition: optical, acoustic and magnetic. Each sensor communicates with the audio interface (through XLR cables) which then transfers the signal to an AI software made by the Sunhouse company itself. The software tells the sensors to split each drum in 10 different virtual parts, each assignable with countless samples, sounds, loops, effects and automations. The possibilities are infinite!

One of the things I like the most is assigning a note to one or more drums and automate the pitch according to the velocity of my strokes. You can even choose what kind of harmonic scale should the automation follow. My personal preference is to use these sensors with acoustic drums, although you can choose to use mesh heads instead and just go for the electronic sounds while still playing a drum kit.

In this video I play three short demos with some sounds I imported from my own library. New audio/video material on the way soon!