Take Five With Tommaso Cappellato

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Meet Tommaso Cappellato: Italian drummer and composer Tommaso Cappellato always strived to leave his mark as the founder and creator of numerous musical situations. His curiosity for different styles and continuous will for research led him to travel and explore various countries in the world to meet, learn from and collaborate with influential musical artists.

During his nine-year stay in New York Cappellato completed his education at the New School University where he studied with notable artists such as Richie Beirach

Richie Beirach
Richie Beirach
b.1947
piano
, Michael Carvin, Joe Chambers
Joe Chambers
Joe Chambers
b.1942
drums
, Jimmy Cobb
Jimmy Cobb
Jimmy Cobb
b.1929
drums
, Bob Cranshaw
Bob Cranshaw
Bob Cranshaw
b.1932
bass
, Billy Hart
Billy Hart
Billy Hart
b.1940
drums
, Victor Lewis
Victor Lewis
Victor Lewis
b.1950
drums
and Reggie Workman
Reggie Workman
Reggie Workman
b.1937
bass
.



While in the Big Apple he took part to several musical projects: Trio65 (Jazz), Bill Ware's Vibes (Funk/Electronic) Jacoband (Country/Folk), Andrea Monteiro & Brazilian Love (Latin).

In 2004 Cappellato, along with Brooklyn-based MC Yah Supreme, founded the hip hop band Brohemian and recorded the album Post Modern Garden, in which he acted as both drummer and producer.

In 2005 he traveled to Senegal, Africa to record the album Sali Dons: Le Destine (Music Rekk 2005) with Guinean percussionist and singer Salif Bangoura, produced by musicologist Stefano Marcato.

Cappellato's collaborations include performances and recordings with: Tim Armacost, Peter Bernstein

Peter Bernstein
Peter Bernstein
b.1967
guitar
, Michael Blake
Michael Blake
Michael Blake
b.1964
saxophone
, Robert Bonisolo, Fabrizio Bosso, George Cables
George Cables
George Cables
b.1944
piano
, Carol C (Si-Se'), Antonio Farao, Joel Frahm
Joel Frahm
Joel Frahm

sax, tenor
, Aaron Goldberg, Steve Grossman
Steve Grossman
Steve Grossman
b.1951
saxophone
, Debbie Harry (Blondie), Jon Hendricks
Jon Hendricks
Jon Hendricks
b.1921
vocalist
, The Jazz Passengers, Lionel Loueke
Lionel Loueke
Lionel Loueke
b.1973
guitar
, Junior Mance
Junior Mance
Junior Mance
b.1928
piano
, Ronnie Mathews
Ronnie Mathews
Ronnie Mathews
1935 - 2008
piano
, Ron McClure
Ron McClure
Ron McClure
b.1941
bass
, Dado Moroni, Butch Morris
Butch Morris
Butch Morris
1947 - 2013
cornet
, DJ Nickodemus, Enrico Pieranunzi
Enrico Pieranunzi
Enrico Pieranunzi
b.1949
piano
, Marc Ribot
Marc Ribot
Marc Ribot
b.1954
guitar
, Pietro Tonolo, Harry Whitake and Richard Wyands.

Presently Cappellato keeps traveling the world, leading his own groups and collaborating in different musical contexts such as jazz and improvisation, electronic, avant-garde and world music.

Instrument(s): Drums, piano.

Teachers and/or influences? Teachers (alphabetically listed): Eddie Bobe, Enzo Carpentieri, Michael Carvin, Joe Chambers, Jim Chapin, Max Chiarella, Jimmy Cobb, Bob Cranshaw, Duduka Da Fonseca, Ian Froman, Roberto Gatto, Billy Hart, Michael Lauren, Victor Lewis, Adam Nussbaum, Portinho, John Riley.


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