DRUMS & PERCUSSION

International freelance drummer Domenico "Itachan" Composto has supported a wide range of international pop artists such as t.A.T.u. and Lene Nystrom (Aqua) as well as opening for Sting at the Universal Music International Convention 2004 in Tokyo, Japan.

His televised appearances have included performances on Japan's number one music program Music Station as well as on the Japanese cable music channel Viewsic. His live performance with Lene Nystrom (Aqua) at the Nagoya Rainbow Hall aired on Japanese radio ZIP-FM 77.8.

During his formative years Dom e Niko performed and toured with a variety of musical ensembles ranging from big band jazz to classical music at New Trier High School where he was trained in both percussion and mallet instruments.

 

He went on to pursue music at Indiana University where he studied Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms under acclaimed percussionist Andrew Lazaro before transferring to Boston University to earn his bachelor's degrees in Archaeology and Anthropology. 

PERFORMED/WORKED WITH:

International: Lene Nystrom (Aqua), t.A.T.u., Nir Z (Genesis, John Mayer, Chris Cornell)

USA: Robert Chappel, Maynard Ferguson, Christopher Hollyday, Stephen Howard, Jun Jenson, Andrew Lazaro, Howard Levy (Béla Fleck and the Flecktones), John McLean, Pete Mitchell (No More Kings), G. Allan O'Connor, Ed Palermo, Dave Samuels (Spyro Gyra), Jeff Stitely, Jim Warrick, John Yao, and Perry Yeldham (John Lee Hooker)

 

 Japan: Coleman Bayliss, Luca Ceccatelli (Invago), Rod Coogen, Jean-Alexis Donati (Invago), Favorite Underdog, Ian Hartley, Kenji Hino, Mas Hino, Brad Holmes (The Hit Men), Kirkland Hu, Sawaka Kawashima, Lune Kitakami, Jamie Knight, Charles Knudsen, Kouichi "Kore" Korenaga, Scott Latham, Pete Mitchell (No More Kings), Yosuke Nakajima, Marcellus D. Nealy (Dreams Come True), Isao Ohashi, DJ Saji, Katsuharu Sato, Michiko Shimizu, Lorenzo Valentini, Philip Wauquaire (Digital Dance), Andy Wulf (Hino Terumasa), and Toshi Yamazaki

Spain: Didak Fernández (Macaco), Josep Terricabras (La Troba Kung-Fú), Julian Vaughn (B.B. King, Albert King), and Nathaniel Townsley (Alejandro Sanz, Joe Zawinul, Richard Bona, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Corey Glover)

DRUM TECH EXPERIENCE & INFLUENCES

Domenico has worked as a professional drum tech for Terry Bozzio, Chad Wackerman, Jimmy Chamberlin (The Smashing Pumpkins), Jeff Hamilton, Steven Smith (Journey, Vital Information, Mariah Carey), Zakir Hussain (John McLaughlin), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Russ Miller (Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Nelly Furtado), and Akira Jimbo (Casiopea).

 

His musical influences range from jazz fusion to electronica, to funk to progressive rock. He counts Sting, Dave Matthews Band, Mike Stern, Eric Johnson, Dennis Chambers, Jaco Pastorius, Kenji Hino, Marcus Miller, Nir Z, John Mayer, Square Pusher, Sarah McLachlan, Tracy Chapman, Ojos de Brujo, and Rush as some of his greatest sources of musical inspiration.   

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