Tommaso is a fantastic jazz drummer from Padova, Italy who we are fortunate to have in town!
A drummer, producer, DJ and composer Tommaso is a musical maverick ‐ running the gamut from free‐form techno to hip‐hop production and jazz improvisation. Mentored by jazz visionaries Harry Whitaker (Black Renaissance), Michael Carvin (Pharoah Sanders) and collaborator with techno master Donato Dozzy, Tommaso’s seemingly unorthodox breadth of style and vision gives us a truly unique new school artist. From building his jazz chops as a resident drummer in NYC, to hip hop excursions alongside Brooklyn MC Yah Supreme; traveling to Senegal to meld with local world music masters, to leading his own award‐ winning spiritual jazz project Astral Travels; collaborating with experimental electronica and techno artist Rabih Beaini and visionary Egyptian producer Maurice Louca to presenting his solo artist project “Aforemention” - Tommaso is the modern renaissance man, bringing together his lifetime of artistic exploration and exposure to create his own concept of a jazz‐informed experimental electronic soundscape.
His New Encounter Trio features a very intriguing lineup:
Francesco Geminiani (tenor sax + ewi)
Nico Soffiato (guitar)
Tommaso Cappellato (drums)
Francesco Geminiani is a saxophonist based in New York City. An endless musical curiosity drives him across styles and melodies, sharing the stage with prominent musicians. Inspired by the masters, he embraces impressionism to connect with the curious listener. In March 2018 “Auand Records” released his album “Colorsound”, a work entirely recorded and produced in New York City with some of the most notable up and coming young jazz musicians. Besides his work as a leader he stands out as an in-demand tenor saxophonist of his generation, constantly performing and recording internationally.
Nico Soffiato is a guitarist, composer and educator. After graduating at Berklee College of Music in 2007, he made Brooklyn his home. A versatile player, Nico finds himself playing in various jazz and experimental groups such as his duo with Josh Deutsch, Paradigm Refrain, and Dogwood. As a member of the New York music scene for over a decade, Nico has been part of the collective Out Of your Head Brooklyn, whose members included Gerald Cleaver, Michael Attias, Kirk Knuffke, and many others. He also plays in Innocent When You Dream, Aaron Schragge’s ensemble that reimagines the music of Tom Waits.