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!

Aforemention Remixed out on Mashibeats/Ropeadope

Since releasing his acclaimed debut album Aforemention, drummer, DJ and producer Tommaso Cappellato has taken his solo project to live stages all over the world – from Los Angeles’ Low End Theory to New York’s NUBLU, from Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival Leysin to Kyoto’s legendary Club Metro. Now, we’re graced with four stunning re-interpretations of songs from his longplayer, lovingly reimagined by talent from all over the planet.

Each rework came into being through a story of friendship, comradery or even random encounters – such as in the case of London-based soul singer Natalie May who happened to be in the audience at Cappellato’s London show at Jazz Re:freshed, and improvised her melody to “R’n’Free”, recording it straight onto her phone right then and there. One of the most popular songs on the album, “Fly” – beautifully vocalled by LA gem Nia Andrews, gets flipped into anthemic soulful house for dancefloor lovers by legendary DJ/producer Alex Attias (Beatless/Mustang) with keyboard contributions courtesy of master piano/keys/electronics performer Mark de Clive-Lowe. Afrikan Sciences – an authority among the most visionary electronic music creators – delivered a stunning, cubistic drum-machine-driven rework of “Pastlife Flashbacks” – only 48 hours after getting the stems!; while Emanative, a fellow drummer with whom Tommaso has shared the DJ booth with on a few occasions, paints an ambitious sonic canvas taking elements from each individual song from the original album and titles it “Emanative’s Affirmation”, a uniquely beautiful 12-minute conceptual ambient soundscape.

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Two Los Angeles Shows in January

Mark de Clive-Lowe

The Creator Has a Master Plan: Celebrating the Music of Pharoah Sanders

+ Dwight Trible, Carlos Niño, Corbin Jones, Tommaso Cappellato and very special guest…

Friday 19 + Saturday 20 January, 2018

8pm doors / two sets each night

* refunds available up to 7 days before the event

“Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son, I am the Holy Ghost” – Albert Ayler

For this very special two night engagement at downtown LA’s Blue Whale jazz club, Mark de Clive-Lowe pays homage to and celebrates the music of the great living legend Pharoah Sanders. One of the defining voices of 20th Century jazz and improvised music, Pharoah came to prominence in the band of John Coltrane, and after Coltrane’s death went on to establish himself as a carrier of the torch and musical leader of minds and spirits. His Impulse Records catalog alone defines him as one of the most important voices in jazz, exploring the breadth of spiritual jazz and raw improvisation.

For these two nights, MdCL explores Pharoah’s music with Dwight Trible, Carlos Niño, Corbin Jones (Katalyst) and direct from Italy, Tommaso Cappellato, plus very special guest…

on Mark de Clive-Lowe….

“an underground phenom…” – Okayplayer

“…a timely reminder that some of the greatest producers, in line with the likes of Quincy and Stepney, are also musicians with chops as well as smart adventurers in sound.” – Echoes (UK)

New Podcast+Interview on XLR8R

A great feature on XLR8R dated October 31 2017 came out on the LA/Berlin based web music magazine. During one of my performances last summer at Dancity Festival I was approached by some of its crew and was asked to compile an exclusive mixtape. I was happy to share a lot of unreleased music of my forthcoming works as well as some of my friend’s yet to be published albums. It was nice also to get to talk a little bit about my past and to unravel what’s next in my future direction.

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#Aforemention live on Dommune, Tokyo

One of the highlights of my recent tour in Japan last september was playing in Tokyo, run by visionary artist Ukawa Naohiro. It’s a small venue that, very similarly to Boiler Room, has been showcasing countless live streams of artist from all over the planet. The sound was quite incredible in there with their funktion one sound system with Mr. Ukawa directing 6 different cameras from a hidden tiny room placed at the back of the venue in real time. Two great DJ sets were performed before and after by DJs Kirioka and Midori Aoyama. Just brilliant!

Über Jazz Announced Nov. 18 2017

It’s my third time performing at ÜBERJAZZ Festival and I’m so honored to be headlining with my own solo project #Aforemention along with this incredible array of international talented stars. The first two times I played at this wonderful festival I was part of Mark de Clive-Lowe’s “Church” project and it was a blast. I look forward to see all these familiar faces again!