Joe Tomino/Carmen Castaldi/Leland Scott Davis @ BOP STOP

When: Nov 07, 2021, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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Joe Tomino/Carmen Castaldi/Leland Scott Davis @ BOP STOP

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Three prolific drummers, Joe Tomino, Carmen Castaldi, and Leland Scott Davis join forces for a drum extravaganza. In addition to in person ticket sales, this event will be streamed on BOP STOP's Facebook page at showtime. Accessing the stream is free but donations to the band and the venue are appreciated and can be made here:


Joe Tomino is a Cleveland based musician, producer, yoga instructor, and plant-based chef. Joe discovered his love of music at a young age through listening to his parents’ record collection and watching too much MTV. Throughout his youth, Joe played everything from punk rock, dancehall reggae, orchestral, experimental techno, and big band music. This led him to study classical composition and jazz percussion at New England Conservatory and Cleveland State University.

Joe lived in NYC for fifteen years where he played. recorded, and toured with the likes of Matisyahu, Lady Gaga, The Fugees, Mike Patton, Joe Maneri, Easy Star Allstars, Elliot Sharp, Coung Vu, Wayne Krantz, Myra Melford, Blondie, Battle of Mice and others.

Joe currently spends most of his time writing and performing with his bands; Dub Trio, Birth, Togishi, and Yellowstone Apocalypse. When he’s not sitting behind a set of drums, Joe enjoys headstands, single-origin- washed-processed coffee, books about anatomy, forest bathing, homemade kombucha, and being a dad.


A gifted jazz drummer, Cleveland's Carmen Castaldi emerged in the 1970s, and spent decades as a highly sought-after sideman, working on the West Coast with artists like longtime associate Joe Lovano, Frank Strazzeri, and Keely Smith. In 2019, he paired with Lovano and pianist Marilyn Crispell for Trio Tapestry.

Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Castaldi started playing jazz drums in his youth. After high school, he honed his skills at Boston's Berklee School of Music, where he attended alongside fellow Cleveland native, saxophonist Joe Lovano. There he studied with noted performer/instructors Joe Hunt, Alan Dawson, and Ed Bobick. Graduating in 1974, he moved to Las Vegas and spent much of the next decade working with artists like Keely Smith, Don Rickles, and Sonny Stitt. Relocating to Los Angeles, he continued to find performance opportunities, working with a bevy of West Coast luminaries including Teddy Edwards, Bill Perkins, Frank Strazzeri, and Herb Jeffries. During this period, he was also a member of the Bob Gail Orchestra.

Over the years, he also stayed in touch with Lovano, working with the acclaimed saxophonist on gigs at Los Angeles' the Jazz Bakery (with trumpeter Tim Hagans), the San Diego Jazz Festival, and New York's the Knitting Factory (with pianist Kenny Werner). In the mid-'90s, Castaldi returned to Cleveland, where he led his own groups and continued his association with Lovano, appearing on 2002's Joe Lovano: Viva Caruso. In 2019, he joined the saxophonist and pianist Marilyn Crispell for the ECM date Trio Tapestry.


After gigging and recording (Cadence Jazz) with Ernie Krivda's Quartet during 1989-1991 Leland Scott Davis started composing for a myriad of simultaneous ensembles in trio, acoustic and electric quartets, quintet and the 10 piece Myth Spirit Orchestra. These ensembles performed and were recorded at many venues in and around Cleveland / NewYork / Pittsburgh / Buffalo / Boston including the now defunct Speak in Tongues in Cleveland courtesy of concert presenter Ralph Hausmann. During this time of intense creativity Davis also wrote up his Science of Intuitive Generating Structures for Improvisation which also includes his invention of The Universal Tempo Scale and its demonstration through years of theory and practice.

All during this time the electronic saxophone and drum duet music of the Siamese Twins flourished, whether or not the pre iphone crazed internet society knew. Many meetings with world class musicians ensued (Splatter Trio, Larry Ochs, Rob Brown, LaDonna Smith, Kalle Larre, Elliot Sharp (w/ Twins).

By 2001 Davis' 7 cd's of compositions by various ensembles was dedicated to the Weslyan University Music Library Archives for future historians by none other than Anthony Braxton himself. Davis then went on hiatus to the woods of Vermont to clear the conceptual mind of Urban Jazz Rhetoric and 'professionalism' to more clearly continue to hear his own voice and to study in depth the virtuosic and ancient healing arts/trance tradition of Arabic / Middle Eastern frame drumming, Turkish doumbek performance, African Djembe as well as the art of East Indian Tabla Drumming.

Davis, also through practice, intensified and focused his lifelong love of visual art and honed his own style of abstract painting. Davis recorded his all percussion CD Rhythm Paintings during this time as well as the CD Drummer's House. Important teachers include drummers Paul Samuels, Val Kent, Sayon Camara, Yaya Diallo, Todd Roach, Glen Velez, Jamey Haddad, Ates Altiok, James Feist, Jerry Leake and others.

"Special thanks to saxophonist Aaron Shaikh, helping much of my music to be realized. And a nod to longtime Sun Ra drummer Luqman Ali, not knowing he was in attendance, for jumping onstage after one of my trio gigs, rushing towards my drums, giving me a clenched handshake of approval and saying with a smile "Now that's the real Avant Garde!" Peace Through Rhythm." -Leland Scott Davis

Tickets: Tomino/Castaldi/Davis
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