SUMMER 2012 - Part I

Many exciting things are about to happen this coming summer. Next week I will reunite with my old time friend from Argentina, alto saxophonist Ramiro Flores, who's visiting and performing in Europe for a few weeks. We will play a couple of trio gigs, June 15 in Verona and the following day in Padova. Ramiro and I met in New York about 10 years ago taking part in a project playing Argentinian pop music. A very fun time of my life.

The following week I will play with the acclaimed double saxophone quartet NESSO G featuring Michele Polga, Francesco Bigoni and Danilo Gallo (June 22 at Sile Jazz Festival) while the next day I will replicate with my ORCHESTRA playing in the ancient castle of Padova. This will be a historic event since the castle has never been open to the public before. For the past century it served as a prison and remained abandoned in the last few years. I feel very honored to have been chosen for its very first opening. The Orchestra will perform my own original compositions arranged and conducted by Michele Corcella and it sounds something like this:





The last week of June I will be touring for a week straight with my brother Andrea Lombardini, the excellence in worldwide electric bass, and young brazilian trumpet sensation Gileno Santana. Look in the shows page for details. We will also spend a couple of days in the studio. Definitely looking forward to this! On July 7 my brand new project ASTRAL TRAVEL (my tribute to Spiritual Jazz) featuring Alessia Obino (voice), Paolo Corsini (rhodes/synths) and Marco Privato (bass) will be featured in the "Bugs Festival" at Roots Club in Verona hosted by DJ Volcov and we'll be opening for Dego (formerly of 4Hero). July will also see the coming out of the long awaited Upperground Orchestra vynil release "The Eupen Takes" on Morphine Records distributed by Rush Hour. Click on photo to see the preview.


At the end of the month I'll be recording in multi-instrumentalist Piero Bittolo Bon's new album for Long Song Records. The album will be featuring guitarist Simone Massaron and Peter Evans, trumpet player of Mostly Other People Do The Killing. Last but not least my coop project THE MINUS ONE with Michael Blake and Stefano Senni will be on the road again July 27 (Pordenone), August 10 (Pisa) and August 16 (Como). One other thing: my site www.tommasocappellato.com will soon have a great new look thanks to the great web designer Nicola Negri, so check back!

THE ORCHESTRA

MAY 18 2012 
TERMINAL LIVE MUSIC
Via Palestro, 62 PADOVA

"TOMMASO CAPPELLATO ORCHESTRA" 

Tommaso Cappellato (drums/compositions)
Michele Corcella (arranging/conduction)
Alessia Obino (voice)
Matteo Alfonso (piano)
Michele Manzo (guitar)
Marco Privato (bass)
Marco Catinaccio (percussion)
Gianluca Carollo (trumpet)
Hugo D'Leon (trumpet/flugelhorn)
Mattia Dalla Pozza (alto/soprano sax)
Ettore Martin (tenor sax)
Giovanni Masiero (baritone sax)
Giuseppe Calamosca (trombone)
Federico Pierantoni (trombone)

THE MINUS ONE on "PUNTO ROJO RECORDS"

THE MINUS ONE - "LIVE IN PISA" (Punto Rojo Records)

Tommaso Cappellato
Stefano Senni
Michael Blake

Nato da una costola del Tommaso Cappellato Quartet, The Minus One e' un trio collettivo completato da Stefano Senni al contrabbasso e Michael Blake al sassofono tenore e soprano. Esponente di spicco della scena jazz newyorkese Michel Blake è al tempo stesso un ottimo interprete e improvvisatore come testimonia la sua ampia discografia e la partecipazione in svariate band tra cui i Lounge Lizards, nominati ai “grammy” per la colonna sonora del film “Get Shorty”. Stefano Senni e' uno dei bassisti piu' richiesti in Italia. Tra i progetti che lo coinvolgono spiccano i Visionari di Bollani e la Special Edition di Enrico Rava. Tommaso Cappellato è un batterista e compositore eclettico e creativo. Forte di uno swing deciso, nutrito da 9 anni di residenza a New York e studi alla New School University, arricchisce il suo linguaggio con viaggi in diverse parti del mondo tra cui Africa, Brasile, India e Giappone. The Minus One ha pubblicato il disco "Live in Pisa" per l'etichetta Punto Rojo agli inizi del 2012.


APRIL DATES IN ITALY

21 - Sunomi, Milano
22 - Circolo Quid, Brescia
23 - Take 5, Bologna
24 - The Kitchen, Vicenza
25 - Alla Poppa, Venezia





NESSO G @ Centro D'Arte Padova



17 FEBBRAIO 2012 
Cinema Teatro TORRESINO - PADOVA
info & tickets: http://centrodarte.it

Tommaso Cappellato: batteria
Michele Polga: sassofoni
Francesco Bigoni: sassofoni
Danilo Gallo: basso

Il libero jazz italiano sta realizzando musica di livello eccellente. Come dimostra il quartetto NESSO G, formazione cooperativa nata un paio d'anni fa su stimolo del batterista Tommaso Cappellato. Il repertorio è scritto per due sassofoni, basso e batteria: temi e arrangiamenti essenziali, che lasciano spazio alla conversazione senza rete delle ance, pungolate da una ritmica mobilissima. E' musica che testimonia di una sicura preparazione storica, che non frena però la curiosità, la fantasia, la volontà di trovare una lingua originale. E' nell'indole di Cappellato infatti non accontentarsi del già sentito, o di una musica “scolastica”. In questo i compagni di viaggio sono ideali. Danilo Gallo ha attraversato in questi anni, anche tramite i lavori con “El Gallo Rojo”, molteplici percorsi sonori, a contatto sia con le avanguardie che con linguaggi più accessibili. Lo stesso si può dire dei due sassofonisti, più vicino allo stile post-bop Michele Polga, più ondivago e imprevedibile Francesco Bigoni. NESSO G sorprende ad esempio quando tenta di dialogare con il jazz innodico, spirituale, vicino ai grandi afroamericani degli anni 60. Proprio perchè non c'è identità né imitazione, ma riscrittura sincera, freschezza esecutiva, anche un certo distacco emotivo che giova al rendimento collettivo. Tommaso Cappellato ha girato il mondo suonando con decine di artisti ed è vissuto un decennio a New York, dove ha collezionato collaborazioni prestigiose. Danilo Gallo, vincitore del “Top Jazz” 2010 quale miglior bassista, è animatore inesausto di situazioni musicali. Ricordiamo il suo gruppo Gallo & The Roosters, e poi Guano Padano, Rollerball, Mickey Finn. Michele Polga è tra i più attivi sassofonisti in Veneto, ha studiato con i maggiori jazzisti nazionali. Ha inciso di recente due ottimi cd per la Caligola (“Clouds Over Me” e “Movin' House”), oltre all'ultimo “Michele Polga meets Fabrizio Bosso – Live At Panic Jazz Club” per la Abeat. Francesco Bigoni dopo un'intensa attività in patria – Under 21 di Enrico Rava, Orange Room, Houdini's Cage e molte iniziative del Gallo Rojo – si è stabilito a Copenhagen e ha fondato un trio con Mark Solborg e Kevin Brow, che si ascolta nell'intenso “Hopscotch” edito dalla Ilk.


BEARZATTI/DALLA PORTA/CAPPELLATO “AVANTGARDEN” TRIO

Francesco Bearzatti - sax
Paolino Dalla Porta - bass
Tommaso Cappellato - drums




February 7 2012 - Cantine De L'Arena, Verona
February 8 2012 - Exwide, Pisa

Michele Manzo "Spirits" Live Full Video

SPIRITS

Michele Manzo (guitar)
Tim Armacost (tenor/soprano sax)
Marc Abrams (bass)
Tommaso Cappellato (drums)

Live at Exwide, Pisa - January 25 2012

First Set




Second Set



Poem by a Friend #2

SWING IS A MIRACLE 
by Tim Armacost

Swing is a miracle, like love.
Love doesn’t see color. Swing knows no creed.

My brother is in love with a Japanese woman.
I know a brother who married a white woman.

A young Tutsi man forgets to breath when he
Lays eyes on the most beautiful girl in the world,
A Hutu.

Hindus and Muslims, Israelis with Palestinians,
Sioux and Europeans – falling in love all over the place.

Love says. “I’ll give you bliss,
But if you two want happiness
You’re going to have to work for it.”

You can practice to swing, but you can’t practice
Swinging. You can prepare yourself for swinging.

The miracle of swing arises among human
Beings who are worthy. You can be worthy today,
And Tomorrow, not.

Did you learn anything about love reading
‘A Red, Red Rose’?
Did you know it after you heard
“Love is a Many Splendored Thing’?
Nah, you recognized love. You said to your self,

Oh, this is love.

Same with swing. Did you get it from listening to a record?
Did someone’s attempt to describe it get you any
Closer?
You said, ‘oh, that’s what swing is,’ after you did it.

While you’re swinging – are you aware of
The color of the people who share that gift with you?
Shit, no.

Swing is not the same thing as love, but it’s pretty hard not to

Love the people you’ve done some swinging with.

Swing graces all styles. Swing doesn’t care if you
Play Avant Garde, R&B, Classical, Gamelan, or Swing Music.
Swing arises among human beings who love to play,
Together.

Rain falls on everyone’s head. Love knows no race.
Swing ignores creed. Death chuckles at our idea of Color.

Michele Manzo "Spirits" 4tet feat. Tim Armacost


JANUARY 20-27 2012

Michele Manzo (guitar) 
Tim Armacost (tenor & soprano sax) 
Marc Abrams (bass) 
Tommaso Cappellato (drums)

Venerdi 20 - Ventotto Di Vino - Roma
Sabato 21 - Music Inn - Roma
Martedi 24 - Cantine De L'Arena - Verona
Mercoledi 25 - Exwide - Pisa
Giovedi 26 - Q Club - Padova
Venerdi 27 - Le Rive Jazz Club - Cartigliano (VI)

Welcome Two Thousand Twelve!

Well here it is, the so longed for (supposedly) end-of-the-world year. Of course now that we will cease to be, human kind is starting to wake up and make sense. Not much but a little bit at least. As for me it seems this last year of existence will be a blast with lots of new projects and musical journeys to look forward to. Trying to squeeze everything before December 21 of course ;-)

The year will start with two brand new groups: in January I will be touring with the Michele Manzo Quartet featuring Marc Abrams on bass and Tim Armacost on tenor and soprano saxophones. Tim, a newyorker, hasn't been in Italy much lately but I'm sure he will soon gather a lot of attention from musicians and jazz lovers. We'll be playing a couple of shows in Rome (January 21st at the legendary Music Inn), Verona (24), Pisa (25), Padova (26), Cartigliano (VI) (27).

After a couple of weeks I'll be again on the road for 2 gigs with a brand new trio featuring the multiply awarded saxophonist Francesco Bearzatti and bass legend Paolino Dalla Porta. February 7 Verona, 8 Pisa.

On February 17 I will be hosted by Centro D'Arte di Padova for a concert with Nesso G along with my peers Michele Polga, Francesco Bigoni and Danilo Gallo.



 At the end of the month I will be flying to New Orleans, LA to record an album with singer-songwriters Richard Julian and Rosita Kess at Piety Street Studios, one of the most amazing studios on planet earth!

Other recordings soon to be out:

- The Minus One, Live in Pisa (+ Stefano Senni & Michael Blake) - El Punto Rojo Records; - Upperground Orchestra [Vynil + CD] (+ Rabih Beaini, Alvise Seggi, Piero Bittolo Bon) - Morphine Records;

That's it for now I don't want to anticipate too much, the world might not want to wait to end.
Peace and Serenity to all! The earth is still a grandiose place.


December 2011 Dates



Two Not One - The Music Of Warne Marsh & Lee Konitz
Nico Gori (as, cl) Mirko Guerrini (ts, bs), Stefano Senni (bs)

01 - Al Leon D'Oro, Zero Branco (TV)
03 - Blackmail, Prato
04 - Quid, Brescia
05 - La Taverna Del Conte, Monzambano (VR)

Silvia Manco Trio - Tribute to Frida Kahlo
Silvia Manco (vo, pn), Andrea Lombardini (el. bs)

09 - Music Inn, Roma
11 - Cantiere Jazz, Roma

Marco Ponchiroli Trio 
Marco Ponchiroli (pn), Marco Privato (bs)

15 - Cantine De L'Arena, Verona

Kicca & Intrigo
Kicca (vo), Oscar Marchioni (hm), Francesco Bearzatti (ts)

21 - Sartea, Vicenza
24 - Swing Bar, Conegliano

Stefano Bedetti 4et
Stefano Bedetti (ts), Alfonso Santimone (pn), Stefano Senni (bs)

26 - Torrione, Ferrara

TWO NOT ONE

TWO NOT ONE
The Music of Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh & More

Nico Gori (alto sax)
Mirko Guerrini (tenor sax)
Stefano Senni (bass)
Tommaso Cappellato (drums)

Il quartetto “Two Not One” prende spunto dallʼapprezzato quanto arduo repertorio della scuola che fa capo al pianista Lennie Tristano. Due suoi allievi, seguendo lʼesempio del maestro, sviluppano il linguaggio del Cool Jazz sovrapponendo sofisticate melodie su strutture armoniche di canzoni “standard” americane. Sono i sassofonisti Lee Konitz e Warne Marsh che per anni a venire continuano ad approfondire il mondo sottile di tale particolare linguaggio. Nico Gori (apprezzato ospite nel concerto bresciano di Fred Hersh a Jazz in Eden) e Mirko Guerrini (collaboratore stabile di Stefano Bollani) esplorano, sviluppano e aprono questa tradizione cosi affascinante e cosi poco affrontata, accompagnati da Stefano Senni al contrabbasso e Tommaso Cappellato alla batteria.

LISTEN at: http://www.mirkoguerrini.com/two-not-one-4et/






SHOWS

December 1 2011 - Leon D'Oro, Zero Branco (TV)
December 3 2011 - Blackmail, Rignano Sull'Arno (FI)
December 4 2011 - Associazione Culturale Quid, Brescia
December 5 2011 - Taverna Del Conte, Monzambano (MN)

November 2011 Dates



03 Remembering Miles 4et - Tavagnacco (UD)
David Boato (trumpet), Matteo Alfonso (piano), Simone Serafini (bass)

10 Michele Manzo Trio - Abano Terme (PD)
Michele Manzo (guitar), Marc Abrams (bass)

Stefania Tschantret 4et Tour
Stefania Tschantret (voice), Joel Holmes (piano), Stefano Senni (bass)

11 Blackmail Jazz Club, Rignano Sull'Arno (FI)
13 Take 5, Bologna
14 Auditorium Le Notti di Cabiria, Anzola nell'Emilia (BO)
15 Torrione Jazz Club, Ferrara

16 Carlo Atti & Friends - Risorta Osteria del ReFosco, Padova Jazz Festival
Carlo Atti (tenor sax), Danilo Memoli (piano), Davide Garattoni (bass)

Antonio Gallucci 4et
Antonio Gallucci (tenor & soprano sax), Alessandro Lanzoni (piano), Gabriele Evangelista (bass)

18 Antonio Gallucci 4et - Rovolon (PD)
19 Antonio Gallucci 4et - Bar Astra, Vicenza
21 Recording, Cavalicco (UD)
22 Recording, Cavalicco (UD)

Remember Frank?
Jordi Grognard (tenor & soprano sax, bansouri flute), Nicola Lancerotti (bass)

27 Cafe' Roskam, Brussels
28 Recording - Brussels
29 Recording - Brussels
30 Bonneffoi - Brussels

October 22 2011 at SMALLS in NYC

LIVE AT SMALLS


Last time I played a gig at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City in April 2009 was definitely one of the most fun I've had. It included myself on drums, Aaron Goldberg on piano, Omer Avital on bass, Michael Blake on saxophone and the wonderful Leena Conquest singing on a couple of tunes. You can listen to it here: http://www.smallsjazzclub.com/index.cfm?eventId=1540

I will now return to that magic spot with a great project I've recently been a part of, along with the legendary Don Byron on clarinet and tenor saxophone and amazing piano player Fabrizio Puglisi.

The show will take place on Saturday October 22 2011 in the AFTERNOON (4-7pm).

The club is located on 183 W 10th St. in the heart of Greenwich Village. The gig will be streamed on the club's website so it will be possible to watch us live anywhere in the world in realtime.

Michele Polga Meets Fabrizio Bosso

I'm very excited to be playing with this wonderful group led by saxophonist Michele Polga. This project started as a quartet in early 2010 with mr. Polga on tenor saxophone, Luca Mannutza on piano, Luca Bulgarelli on bass and myself on drums. By the end of that same year it became a quintet with the addition of trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso. There was an immediate alchemy between us five and by the second gig the band was already smoking. That's how Michele decided to release on CD a magical night of great inspiration and excitement. The album is entitled "Michele Polga Meets Fabrizio Bosso - Live At Panic" and was released just a few months ago on Abeat Records.

Two Friends by michelepolga




UPCOMING SHOWS 
October 5 Ridotto del Teatro Sociale - Rovigo 
October 6 Q Club - Padova 
October 7 Al Vapore - Marghera (VE)

Newsletter September 2011


GIGS

CARLO ATTI & FRIENDS
September 24 - Risorta Osteria Del ReFosco - Padova

STEFANIA TSCHANTRET & ORCHESTRA
October 1 - Piazza Maggiore, Bologna

MICHELE POLGA meets FABRIZIO BOSSO
October 5 Ridotto del Teatro Stabile - Rovigo
October 6 Q Club - Padova
October 7 Al Vapore - Marghera (VE)

DON BYRON, FABRIZIO PUGLISI 
& TOMMASO CAPPELLATO Trio
October 22 - Smalls Jazz Club, New York

RECORDS

Tommaso Cappellato - "Open"
Tommaso Cappellato - "Originals"
Michele Polga Meets Fabrizio Bosso - "Live At Panic"
Bigoni/Polga/Gallo/Cappellato - "Nesso G"

VIDEOS


LINKS

Poem By A Friend

vanishing reason states a void in the stream of thoughts. a pause.
self recognition stepping into emptiness
improving improvising improbable propositions
take away everything and touch your nose

Francesco Durante Viola


Stadtmusik in Basel

Highlights from "The Minus One" Gig in Basel on August 19 2011











Quartet Minus One August 2011

STARTING!!!

Quartet Minus One feat. Stefano SenniMichael Blake

August 17 - Alla Poppa, Venezia
August 18 - Padova Jazz Club, Correzzola (PD)
August 19 - Stadtmusik Festival 2011, Basel (Switzerland)
August 20 - JazzWide, Pisa


Last Minute Gig with Richard Julian

Next Monday August 15 I'll have the honor of playing with one of my New York heroes, singer and songwriter Richard Julian. I used to go see Richard perform at the Living Room in the Lower East Side on a regular basis back in 2004. After so much time and through many mutual acquaintances we finally got to meet and play together in Italy. For the evening we will be joined by a few special guests.

Monday August 15 2011

RICHARD JULIAN & TOMMASO CAPPELLATO


Via Boccalerie, 8 Padova
+39 049.8750083

Coming Up - August 2011


Michele Polga Trio
feat. Danilo Gallo & Tommaso Cappellato
August 2 - Caffe' Diemme - Padova

feat. Rabih Beaini & Tommaso Cappellato
August 6 - Götheborg, Sweden

feat. Stefano Senni & Michael Blake

August 17 - Alla Poppa, Venezia
August 18 - Padova Jazz Club, Correzzola (PD)
August 19 - Livingroom.fm Basel, Switzerland
August 20 - JazzWide Festival, Pisa




Originals

I finally decided to independently release an album originally recorded in 2007 with some of Italy's most talented up and coming jazz musicians. It was recorded live in one room at True Colours Studio in Padova and it features 8 of my original compositions.


Tommaso Cappellato (drums & composition)
Marcello Allulli (tenor saxophone)
Federico Casagrande (guitar)
Michele Manzo (guitar)
Matteo Alfonso (fender rhodes)
Andrea Lombardini (electric bass)
Shanthi Kumari Roat (vocals on "World Traveller")

Here's a clip from the studio session playing Nowhere, Now Here:

Summertime... and the living is easy!

So much music played and heard during these last couple of months. It's a very exciting and inspired period of my life where travelling is key for a musical and personal growth. In just a small period of time I was in New York, in Belgium and constantly up and down the Italian peninsula. I played some remarkably cool gigs with Upperground Orchestra, singer-songwriters Rosita Késs & Richard Julian, clarinet player Nico Gori 4et and with a brand new quartet of mine playing my original tunes. Here's an excerpt of the gig with Upperground Orchestra in Eupen, Belgium:



Upcoming Shows:

July 13 ALESSIA OBINO Quartet - Valdagno (VI)
July 14 MARCO PONCHIROLI Trio - Solighetto (TV)
July 20 MARCO PONCHIROLI Trio - Montegrotto (PD)
July 21 MARCO PONCHIROLI Trio - Ivrea
July 22 ALESSIA OBINO Quartet - Brescia
July 24 MICHELE POLGA Quartet - Venezia
July 26 SCOTT STEEN Quartet - Venezia
July 27 SCOTT STEEN Quartet - Portogruaro (VE)
July 28 SCOTT STEEN Quartet - Brugnera (PN)
July 29 SCOTT STEEN Quartet - Valdobbiadene (TV)


Richard Julian & Rosita Késs

I recently played a couple of fun gigs with singer and songwriters Rosita Késs and Richard Julian, along with electric bass player Andrea Lombardini. Great music, fat sound and fun hang!


Also check out Rosita's latest record Northern Sky:


and Richard's Girls Need Attention


Open Reviewed

Bruce Lindasy's review of my album "OPEN" on All About Jazz was voted (#70) among the top 100 recommended reviews of all time:

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article_recommended_alltime.php?article_type=100





QUARTETTO


Thursday, June 30 · 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Via Boccalerie 8
Padua, Italy

Tommaso Cappellato Quartetto

Michele Polga (tenor sax)
Matteo Alfonso (fender rhodes)
Andrea Lombardini (electric bass)
Tommaso Cappellato (drums)

All Compositions by Tommaso Cappellato

NYC - My Home Away From Home

Just spent the first 2 weeks of June in NY, my home away from home. I found an in-good-shape kind of city, extremely vibrant, full of energy, inspiring and perspiring. It was great to reconnect with so many recent and old acquaintances, play sessions almost every day and see live gigs every night. These are some of the shows I've attended:

Don Byron's Ivey Divey Trio (feat. Geri Allen & Charlie Persip); The Adam Cruz Group (feat. Chris Potter, Steve Wilson, Scott Colley, Ed Simon, Steve Cardenas); The Aaron Parks Group at the Gallery, Colin Stranahan with Fred Hersch & Matt Penman at Smalls, the Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout (feat. Leah Siegel, Tim Luntzel, Tony Mason, Chris Cheek, Andrew Sherman, Steve Walsh) at 55 Bar, Ehud Asherie's Samba de Gringo at Fat Cat; Richard Julian + band at Rockwood.

I enjoyed seeing Charlie Persip still playing his heart out at age 83 along with Don and Geri. They performed music from the Ivey Divey project, a Blue Note release that Don recorded along with Jack Dejohnette & Jason Moran.



I was particularly struck by the voice and energy of singer Leah Siegel performing with Tim Luntzel's Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout at 55 Bar. The following video was not taken on that night and I can guarantee that it was even more uplifting and energetic when I was there.



Richard Julian's performance was also a lot of fun, his stage presence and his songs are mesmerizing. I especially enjoyed Dan Rieser's drumming, definitely one of my favorites. I am looking forward to perform a couple gigs with Richard in Italy during the month of July along with singer Rosita Kess.

During my stay I got to play with great tubist Marcus Rojas, up and coming guitar player Todd Neufeld and the incomparable Michael Blake. I never played with tuba before and I have definitely been treated for a first time! The sound of this particular ensemble was something special. Maybe an idea for a new project?

Drums On Morphine

I recently spent a whole day in True Colours Studio in Padova recording a series of solo drum tracks for Morphine Records, an electronica label run by Rabih Beaini. This is an excerpt from that day. More details to come...

Tommaso Cappellato "Quartet Minus One"

The Tommaso Cappellato "Quartet Minus One"
feat. Michael Blake & Stefano Senni

Michael Blake (saxophone)
Stefano Senni (bass)
Tommaso Cappellato (drums)

August 17 Alla Poppa - Venezia (Italy)
August 18 Padova Jazz Club - Correzzola (Italy)
August 19 Livingroom.fm Festival - Basel (Switzerland)
August 20 Ex Wide Summer Festival - Pisa (Italy)


Since the first time I officially played with Michael Blake at Rose Live Music in Brooklyn, around Christmas of 2007 (the real first time was in Butch Morris's Impro Conducted Orchestra sometimes in '05) our collaboration has been very prolific. The kind that usually happens among rhythm sections.

Mr. Blake is a "one-of-a-kind" musician, composer and arranger. His music is very imaginative, soulful and out of schemes. Our last work together was an extensive tour of China along with guitarist Teddy Kumpel and bass player Peter Scherr, which was documented with 3 days in the studio. Over the last few years Michael and I have been playing with many different musicians in various settings.
Every time became a memorable musical moment.

with Jason Lindner & Ben Allison - NYC June 2010



with Giovanni Guidi & Joe Rehmer - Minorca, Spain April 2010



with Aaron Goldberg & Omer Avital - NYC April 2009



with Bill Ware, Brad Jones & Teddy Kumpel, NYC April 2009

Lost Tapes

I was recently going through some live recordings from 2010 playing trio with Don Byron and Fabrizio Puglisi and found some really interesting stuff. Listening back makes me more eager to proceed with such a great project and possibly record an album in the near future.




中国传记




Tommaso Cappellato对音乐的热爱始于幼年时,当时他只有8岁。在家庭的多种文化背景的影响下,他的父亲鼓励他开始学习钢琴,但直到11岁时,才激起了他 对打鼓的热爱和激情。16岁时,Tommaso师从于两位专业的鼓手学习,并开始使自己真正进入了音乐的世界里。1996年,他离开了意大利前往纽约,并 成为纽约鼓手群体中的一员。 1997年Tommaso获得了曼哈顿新学院大学的奖学金,四年之后,他在那里拿到了音乐表演的学士学位。在曼哈顿的学习期间,他有机会向国际爵士舞台上 的一些著名音乐家学习,诸如Richie Beirach, Michael Carvin, Joe Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, Bob Cranshaw, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis, Portinho, Jorge Rossy, Bill Stewart , Reggie Workman等。

从艺经验:意大利鼓手和作曲家Tommaso Cappellato,一直致力于让自己成为多种音乐领域的创造者和创始人。对不同的音乐风格的好奇心以及持久探索的意志力,引领他环游并探索世界上的众多国家,并与各地有影响力的音乐艺术家一起碰撞,学习与合作。

在纽约停留的长达9年的时间里,他参加了许多音乐项目,并演奏各种风格的音乐作品。在这期间最值得注目的就是:在与Rainbow Room长达2年的合约期间,他每周与钢琴手Ehud Asherie和贝斯手Joseph Lepore合作演出6个夜晚。不久之后,他加入了Vibes Trio ,这个由电颤音演奏家Bill Ware和贝斯手Brad Jones共同组成的三重奏

2004年Tommaso与布鲁克林的MC Yah Supreme共同创立了嘻哈乐队组合Brohemian,并录制了专辑《POST MODERN GARDEN》,担任鼓手并兼专辑制作人。 2005年,他前往非洲的塞内加尔,与几内亚敲击乐器演奏家兼歌手Salif Bangoura合作录音,2008年,他在日本和澳大利亚做巡回演出。

目前,Tommaso领导着自己的四重奏乐团(包括Michael Blake, Giovanni Guidi 和 Joe Rehmer),并发行了黑胶版本的单曲《The Knight》,在Elefante Rosso厂牌下发行了录音室专辑《Open》。他的其他合作项目包括与年轻的天才钢琴手Alessandro Lanzoni和贝斯手Gabriele Evangelista合作的组合Youngtet;与萨克斯手Francesco Bigoni、Michele Polga 以及贝斯手Danilo Gallo合作的组合 Nesso G; 与吉他手Domenico Caliri和hammond organ演奏家Emiliano Pintori合作的三重奏组合Dionysiac Hammond Trio.

Tommaso合作过演出和录音的艺人包括: 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, Pietro Tonolo, Harry Whitaker, Richard Wyands.。

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SPRING IS (definitely) HERE

Just came back from a week in Belgium, playing and recording with a new project called Remember Frank?. It was a great week under all circumstances, the weather was beautiful and we had a great turn out at concerts. I especially loved playing in Gent at El Negocito, a small restaurant/bar with live music almost every night of the week. Once back from Gent my friends took me to see the Atomium, a 1958 immense sculpture built for the Belgian Expo. It was an incredible experience, especially because it was dark at night an no one was around. It looked like a never-ending space ship (just like the one in Space Balls!)


I'm back in Italy now with a very intense period ahead, full of local gigs with old friends I haven't seen and played with in a minute. Summertime seems to be very exciting as well with lots of travelling involved.

UPCOMING SHOWS

April 28 w/ Yah Supreme (DJ/vocals) & Bruno Marini (bari sax) - Santa Corona, Vicenza
April 29 w/ Michele Manzo (guitar) & Marc Abrams (bass) - Flat, Mestre (VE)
April 30 w/ Tony Face - Metropolis, Padova
May 1 w/ Rosita Kess Band, Appartamento Hoffman, Comegliano
May 4 w/ Matteo Alfonso (piano) & Marc Abrams (bass) - Enoteca Peppotto, Padova
May 6 w/ Michele Manzo (guitar) & Marc Abrams (bass) - Bar Astra, Vicenza
May 7 w/ Brainless: David Boato (trumpet) & Marc Abrams (bass) - Metropolis, Padova
May 11 w/ Carlo Atti (sax) & Bruno Marini (hammond organ) - Bar Astra, Vicenza
May 13 w/ Jacopo Jacopetti 5et - La Bulesca, Padova

Remember Frank?

Remember Frank? is a musical project of various forms instigated by bass player Nicola Lancerotti and drummer Tommaso Cappellato. Sharing an old friendship, they now form the driving rhythm section of a genuine project that digs into jazz roots and modal music to perform a repertoire of original compositions. The trio includes Jordi Grognard, rising young talent on the Belgian scene, playing reed instruments, including bass clarinet, flute, bansuri and tenor saxophone.

Remember Frank? est un projet multiforme qui représente la collaboration entre Tommaso Cappellato et Nicola Lancerotti. Amis depuis longtemps, ils sont maintenant section rythmique d'un projet qui puise aux racines du jazz pour aboutir à l'execution de compositions originales. Le trio avec Jordi Grognard (jeune promesse du jazz belge, des nombreuses importantes collaborations et participations à festivals à son actif) propose une musique basée sur la reinterprétation de la tradition, fortement liée au swing et aux rythmes africains et indiens, rappelés par l'utilisation d'instruments typiques de la musique modale, comme par exemple le bansuri.



UPCOMING EVENTS

November 27 2011 - Cafe' Roskam - Brussels
November 30 2011 - Bonnefooi - Brussels


PAST EVENTS

April 26 2011 - El Negocito - Gent (Belgium)
April 22 2011 - Sounds Jazz - Bruxelles (Belgium)
April 20 2011 - Le Chat-Pitre - Bruxelles (Belgium)
March 27 2011 - Cafe Belga - Bruxelles (Belgium)
September 24 2010 - Jazz Club, Rovigo (Italy)
September 23 2010 - Bar Astra, Vicenza (Italy)
September 22 2010 - Universita’, Trento (Italy)
May 26 2010 - Le Chat-Pitre - Bruxelles (Belgium)
May 24 2010 - P. D'Artistes - Bruxelles (Belgium)
May 22 2010 - Sounds Jazz - Bruxelles (Belgium)

Other posts on RF?:


Who's Frank?

Had a wonderful weekend in Brussels playing with Remember Frank? Not a Frank Sinatra tribute. Remember Frank? is a flute/saxophone-bass-drums-trio playing original material. It is still  too premature to explain at this point in time what the name Remember Frank? refers to. In this project Jordi Grognard plays tenor saxophone saxophone, flute and bansuri (Indian classical flute), Nicola Lancerotti plays bass and I play drums and bells.



Brussels keeps being a very beautiful town and once again I found the same chilled-out atmosphere I found nearly a year ago when I first went. The weather was again magnificent although not as warm as Italy. Nevertheless from what I understand as soon as Belgian people get hit by some sun rays they go completely crazy and they almost get naked. The music scene is pretty vivid and I have the feeling that artists are really supportive with each other, a quality you won't find in many other places. I am definitely looking forward to go back in three weeks for a few more shows with RF?

Yah Supreme & Brohemian



Yah Supreme & Brohemian is an atmospheric hip-hop quartet featuring Brooklyn master of ceremonies Yah Supreme. Their sound is a 21st century mash-up of Gil Scott Heron, Marvin Gaye and Guru fused together over funky rhythms. Their simple, yet cinematic songs have attracted an enthusiastic audience to date. Yah Supreme (lead vocals/production) and Tommaso Cappellato (drums/production) formed the project in Brooklyn back in 2004 and independently released their debut album “Post Modern Garden” in 2006. Andrea Lombardini (bass) and Kelvin Sholar (keyboards) round out the quartet and Brohemian are currently touring in Europe to promote the project. Prior to forming Brohemian, Yah Supreme has released 5 12” singles on vinyl, an EP and a compilation album on compact disc through the labels “Son Doo Recordings” and “Underground Academy.” Yah Supreme & Brohemianʼs sophomore CD Naked City is now in production for a 2011 release.

Yah Supreme & Brohemian e' un gruppo di "Hip Hop Atmosferico" fronteggiato dal cantante e rapper newyorkese Yah Supreme. Il sound che li caratterizza può' essere paragonato a una fusione tra la musica di Gil Scott Heron, Marvin Gaye e Guru con esplorazioni e sperimentazioni nel jazz, funk e latin. Il gruppo Brohemian, che ha già' coinvolto l’ attenzione di un’audience sempre piu’ ampia nei locali piu’ prestigiosi di New York, e’ stato fondato nel 2004 a seguito dell’incontro tra Yah Supreme e il batterista e produttore Tommaso Cappellato, che nel 2006 pubblicano l'album "Post Modern Garden". Andrea Lombardini (basso) e Kelvin Sholar (tastiere) completano il quartetto che sta attualmente girando l'Europa per promuovere il progetto. Precedentemente a Brohemian, Yah Supreme ha inciso 5 singoli su vinile, un EP e una compilation per le etichette "Son Doo Recordings" e "Underground Academy". Il secondo album di Yah Supreme & Brohemian e' adesso in produzione ed avra' il titolo di "Naked City".




YAH SUPREME & BROHEMIAN

Yah Supreme (mc, vocals)
Kelvin Sholar (keys)
Andrea Lombardini (bass)
Tommaso Cappellato (drums)




UPCOMING SHOWS:

April 28, Vicenza Jazz Festival

PAST EVENTS (2011)

February 18, Fishmarket - Padova
February 19, Metropolis - Padova
February 20, Torrione Jazz Club - Ferrara


The whole story: COVERING GROUND!

Yah Supreme & Brohemian: Covering Ground!


Who would have thought when I first met mc, singer and showman Yah Supreme in a Williamsburg French bistro back in 2004, that we'd both have the same enthusiastic energy to run the same jazz/funk/hip-hop/hard-to-define project together 7 years later? AND that we'd be recording the second album? AND that it was going to be in Italy? Well I wouldn't have. But that's why life is so beautiful and unexpected.

So it turns out that, at the beginning of 2011 (exactly on 01/11/2011), Yah leaves NYC to spend a considerable amount of time in Europe. A choice that many artists living in the Big Apple (including myself after 9 years) have been making , due to the poor standard quality of life and the absurdity of living cost. The other half of the original Brohemian crew, Mr. DJ Concerned and Mr. Chauncey Yearwood, are presently touring the States with the great band "The Pimps Of Joytime".

Back in 2005 we all worked in the making of "Post Modern Garden" which process (or, as we say, "brocess") has been characterized by very strong and powerful events that made it even more so meaningful, at least to us. As there was no budget for recording we ended up using whatever was available at the time, such a small rehearsal space in Brooklyn and countless hours of post production on Pro-Tools (Bro-Tools in that case). This is the result:



http://tommasocappellato.bandcamp.com/album/yah-supreme-brohemian-post-modern-garden

After being done with PMG I felt it was time to move back to the old country and so I did in order to, as Chauncey would put it, "COVER GROUND"!  Of course I stayed in touch with my Brooklyn fam, going back there to play and hang. In 2007 Yah made his first move to Italy to play a bunch of shows with me and my fellow italian musicians. The tour was entitled "Yah Va All'Italia". Rumors say that Yah got sponsored by the Italian airline company Alitalia, besides being endorsed by Guinness, but you would have to check with him on that. ANYWAY... let's get to present times.

We are now working on the second album "Naked City" as well as preparing for a massive tour of Europe. There are several labels interested in this project and we are now considering which one is the most appealing to our demands (yeah right!). For the longest time I've been wanting to introduce Yah to another great friend of mine who I've been knowing since 1998. I'm talking about Mr. Kelvin Sholar, an incredibly gifted piano and keyboard player,  thinker, philosopher, composer, a close collaborator of musical heroes such as Q-Tip, Carl Craig and Steve Wonder just to name a few. (He has also co-produced and played on one of the most outstanding albums of the last decade, "Kamal The Abstract" by Q-Tip).



The encounter finally happened here in Europe where Kelvin has been based for the last few years. Needless to say it was magical under all circumstances. Kelvin and I previously played in a various number of settings, but definitely the most appealing has been a trio we put together a few years back with my partner in crime and fine bass player Andrea Lombardini. The four of us just completed a few shows in northern Italy and we're now preparing to record the album. Of course the Full Circle will be completed once all Brohemians (including the ones in the US) are back together. Let's see what happens. In the meantime you can enjoy a few moments from our latest gigs.





We Are The World, We Are The Children!

Coming Up - February 2011

Tuesday February 8 8:30pm (Italian Time) a concert by the ALESSANDRO LANZONI TRIO featuring KURT ROSENWINKEL - Live at Etruria Jazz Festival 2010 - will be broadcasted on Italian National Radio RAI RADIO 3 during the program RADIO 3 SUITE.



UPCOMING SHOWS

Sunday February 6

Alessandro Lanzoni (piano)
Gabriele Evangelista (bass)
Tommaso Cappellato (drums)

VINO E ...
Via Olindo Malagodi, 8/a
CENTO (Fe)

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Friday February 18 h22:00

Via Sarpi, 37
PADOVA

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Saturday February 19 h23:00
SHOLAR/LOMBARDINI/CAPPELLATO TRIO

Kelvin Sholar (keys)
Andrea Lombardini (el. bass)
Tommaso Cappellato (drums)

Via Valeri, 9
Padova

Highlights from the Steve Cardenas Trio Tour


Last week's tour with guitarist Steve Cardenas and bass player Andrea Lombardini was definitely one of the best I've done so far. Steve's music, playing, energy and sense of humor are such that it makes it easy to understand how he's one of the most sought after guitar players around the globe. We played 6 gigs in 6 days in 6 different cities in northern and central Italy and we literally had to roller-coast up and down the peninsula. Nevertheless it was still a lot of fun. Andrea's car and driving were so smooth, it seemed like every trip was pretty short. 



We started off in Firenze playing at Kitsch Deux Jazz, a cozy and - yes! - kitsch pub in the heart of the beautiful city in Tuscany. A lot of musicians and international students showed up, making it the perfect situation to shed the new material. The following day we performed at Eden Theater in Brescia for the concert series Jazz On The Road. Mr. Fabio Zanetti, the sound man, did an amazing job with the acoustics of the room, making it so pleasant to play. We then returned to Tuscany to play in Pisa. The gig took place at this really cool music bar, called Ex-Wide, which got packed with 200 and more of very passionate listeners. The hotel we stayed at was right in front of "a" leaning tower and the weather the following morning was magnificent. In Vicenza we got hosted by Thelonius Music School for a workshop/concert. Thanks to Michele Calgaro for putting it all together. The 5th day (after god created birds and fishes) we proceeded down to Recanati in the region of Marche. We got put up in a beautiful hotel in the town's centre and we played at the hotel's cafe' which at night turns into a fine jazz club. Our last gig made us go back north, precisely to Piove Di Sacco, an ancient little town in the province of Padova, my hometown, where we played a beautiful and cozy old philharmonic theater.




Musically speaking we mostly performed tunes from Steve's last record  "West Of Middle" which originally features Ben Allison on bass and Rudy Royston on drums as well as from his previous record "Panoramic" with Tony Malaby, Larry Grenadier and Kenny Wollesen. Steve's music covers a lot of ground stylistically, country folk, new orleans funk, jazz standards, soft rock to free form and out of time collective playing. This for a drummer is pure heaven, being able to experiment all the repertoire achieved in years of practicing and gigging. Andrea and I have been playing together as a rhythm section in an outstanding number of situations since I moved back to Italy, which made me feel very comfortable. I especially loved his spacey introductions on "Drifter" one of Steve's most beautiful tunes, a slow rock ballad where the sole improvisation is based on dynamic playing. Hopefully soon I'll be able to post some videos. In the meantime you can listen to Steve's beautiful records. This project might also turn into something even more interesting, more details later ;-)