Tommaso Cappellato

Solo Live Performance

Tommaso Cappellato

Drums, Sensory Percussion, Synths, Electronics

LA-based Italian hybrid drummer, producer, and DJ Tommaso Cappellato is known for his diverse range of musical styles. From jazz improvisation to hip-hop beats and experimental electronica, he has collaborated with prominent artists from around the world. He currently leads his jazz projects Collettivo Immaginario and Explorare, serves as a label manager for his own imprint Domanda Music and has released several solo projects. 

Cappellato has incorporated Sensory Percussion technology into his live solo shows, using it to create melodic and harmonic extensions to his drumming without the need for additional devices. For his live performances he currently uses an acoustic drum kit mapped with Sensory Percussion, Ableton Live, along with either a Roland JDXI or a Novation Mininova synthesizer.  

Incorporating Sensory Percussion into his live show has allowed Tommaso to create a seamless blend between the acoustic side of the drums and other melodic and atmospheric sounds. He maps the sensors to the rims of the drums, leaving the drum heads mostly untouched, in order to maintain the integrity of the acoustic sound while adding in elements of technology. 

A highlight of his journey as a solo artist occurred during his performance at TEDx Padova in 2020. Utilizing sensors attached to his drum set, he captivated the audience with his project, Watershed, which encompassed electronic sounds and synchronized live motion graphics displayed on a large screen. Through this visionary spectacle, he eloquently conveyed profound concepts centered around the theme of Identity. 

As a solo performer Tommaso headlined some of the most prestigious festivals, clubs and concert series around the world including Low End Theory (Los Angeles), NY Winter Jazz Festival, Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival, Jazz Cafè (London), The Room Shibuya (Tokyo), Metro (Kyoto), Uberjazz Festival (Hamburg) and Nublu (NYC).

Collettivo Immaginario

Tommaso Cappellato (DRUMS, PERCUSSION, VOCALS)

Collettivo Immaginario is a funk-infused instrumental jazz trio best known for captivating audiences from LA to Milan with their fresh blend of modern beats and 70’s electronica. Formed by Tommaso Cappellato (drums and percussion), Nicolò Masetto (electric bass) and Alberto Lincetto (rhodes, piano and synths), Collettivo Immaginarioʼs slick sound and energetic live performances have made them a rising star of the festival scene in their native Italy. Their style is firmly rooted in the jazz tradition of collective improvisation, through which they have developed an agile, kaleidoscopic sound, while subtly paying homage to genre-bending giants such as Azymuth, Lonnie Liston Smith, Herbie Hancock, Hermeto Pascoal and Italian film music composers Piero Piccioni and Piero Umiliani.

Since their debut performances in 2019, the trio has answered the call from toe-tapping audiences across Europe to capture their on-stage magic on record, starting with their single, “Closer To The Sun” (featuring Chauncey Yearwood), which was released on First Word Records in the same year. In 2022 the trio spread their wings, showcasing their musical dexterity on their first full-length album “Trasforma” released on Cappellatoʼs Los Angeles-based imprint, Domanda Music. Collettivo Immaginario is currently working on their new full length album to be released in the fall of 2024. The first three singles “Oltreoceano”, “Libra” have recently been released on all digital platforms with a third single “Tempo Al Tempo” in collaboration with Danilo Plessow (Motor City Drum Ensemble) and Patrick Gibin, also pressed on a 12” vinyl.


Tommaso Cappellato, the visionary behind Domanda Music and a respected figure in global jazz, leads Explorare – an ever-evolving ensemble of LA’s finest jazz virtuosos. Launched in early 2022, Explorare’s mission is to delve into music’s rich landscape through improvisational performances, where persistent grooves are shaped by the unique vibes of the individual members in the present moment.

Their self-titled debut album, “Explorare” drops on October 13, 2023, on the homonymous record label Explorare, featuring pianist Diego Gaeta and bassist Tony Martin. Explorare is more than just a musical project – it embodies the spirit of musical community through a transformative journey that invites listeners to delve into the depths of sonic exploration, guided by carefully crafted energy and passion.

Diego Gaeta (keys)

Tony Martin (bass)

Tommaso Cappellato (drums)

Recorded by Eric Hagstrom at Brainstory Studio, Long Beach (CA) – April 2022
Mixed by Diego Gaeta
Mastered by Max Trisotto
Art Direction Tommaso Cappellato
Cover Artwork by Mattia Tono

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