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Tommaso Cappellato 
Tommaso Cappellato č un batterista e compositore eclettico e creativo. Forte di uno swing deciso, nutrito da 9 anni di residenza a New York, studi alla New School University e due anni come leader della house band alla prestigiosa Rainbow Room, arricchisce il suo linguaggio con viaggi in diverse parti del mondo tra cui Africa, India e Giappone. Tra i suoi ultimi progetti da leader spicca il trio con Don Byron e Fabrizio Puglisi e il quartetto OPEN, con Michel Blake, Giovanni Guidi e Joe Rehmer. Le sue numerose collaborazioni comprendono anche Peter Berstein, Aaron Goldberg, Steve Grossman, Jon Hendricks, Marc Ribot, Kurt Rosenwinkel, George Cabels, Lionel Loueke, Pietro Tonolo, Enrico Pierannunzi, Dado Moroni, Antonio Faraň.

TOMMASO CAPPELLATO’s love for music began at the early age of 8. Inspired by the many cultural influences of his family he was encouraged by his father to learn to play the piano, but it was not until age 11 that his passion for the drums began. As a teenager, at the age of 16, Tommaso decided to truly enthrall himself into the world of music by taking lessons with two professional local drummers. In 1996 he left Italy to enroll in courses at the Drummers Collective in New York City. In 1997 Tommaso received a scholarship from the New School University in Manhattan where he obtained a BFA in Music Performance four years later. During his time spent there he had the opportunity to study with notable artists in the international jazz scene such as Richie Beirach, Michael Carvin, Joe Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, Bob Cranshaw, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis, Portinho, Jorge Rossy, Bill Stewart and Reggie Workman.

ARTISTIC EXPERIENCES: Italian drummer, composer and producer Tommaso Cappellato is a 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 collaborate with many influential musical artists. During his 9-years stay in New York Tommaso took part to several musical projects playing all styles of music. A remarkable time of this period was the 2-year engagement at the Rainbow Room playing 6 nights a week with pianist Ehud Asherie and bassist Joseph Lepore. Soon after he joined Vibes Trio with vibraphonist Bill Ware and bass player Brad Jones. In 2004 Tommaso, along with Brooklyn-based mc Yah Supreme, founded the hip hop band Brohemian and recorded the album “Post Modern Garden” in which he acts as both drummer and producer. In 2005 he travels to Senegal, Africa to record with Guinean percussionist and singer Salif Bangoura while in 2008 he tours Japan and Australia. In 2010 he extensively tours China with Tectonic Quartet featuring Michael Blake, Peter Scherr and Teddy Kumpel.

In 2009 Tommaso debuts as a leader with his own Quartet including Michael Blake, Giovanni Guidi and Joe Rehmer releasing the single “The Knight” exclusively on vinyl and the full studio album "Open" for the label Elefante Rosso. Other projects he's involved in are "Blackground" a bass-less trio with Don Byron and Fabrizio Puglisi, the double saxophone quartet "Nesso G" with saxophonists Francesco Bigoni & Michele Polga and bass player Danilo Gallo and "Hat" with brand new talents Alessandro Lanzoni on piano and Gabriele Evangelista on bass;

Tommaso’s COLLABORATIONS include performances and recordings with: Tim Armacost, Omer Avital, Peter Bernstein, Michael Blake, Robert Bonisolo, Fabrizio Bosso, George Cables, Carol C (Si-Se’), Mark De Clive-Lowe, Antonio Farao', Joel Frahm, Aaron Goldberg, Steve Grossman, Debbie Harry (Blondie), Jon Hendricks, The Jazz Passengers, Lionel Loueke, Junior Mance, Ronnie Mathews, Ron McClure, Dado Moroni, Butch Morris, Dj Nickodemus, Enrico Pieranunzi, Marc Ribot, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Pietro Tonolo, Harry Whitaker, Richard Wyands.

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