new york multi instrumentalist, composer, & producer
TRISTAN CAPPEL is a professional multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer, & producer.
Tristan recently recorded with Walter White (former lead trumpet of Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra) and his big band Small Medium @LARGE. The record features players such as Alex Foster, Rick Margitza, Michael Dease, Wayne Bergeron & many others.
Tristan has performed professionally alongside Robert Hurst, Hugh Jackman, & Gary Burton. He has also worked in several touring Broadway productions, such as Chicago, Finding Neverland, Anastasia, Hello Dolly, Cats, and Aladdin.
Tristan has studied under Lee Konitz, Michäel Attias, Benny Green, Andrew Bishop, Richie Cole, & Miles Okazaki. Tristan graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2018, & has traveled to Mysore, India to study South Indian Classical music (Carnatic Music) with Master Flutist Mysore A. Chandan Kumar.
Tristan has participated in the School for Improvisational Music @ Brooklyn Conservatory, NYU Jazz Workshop, Jazz Week at Wayne State University, and has received soloist awards at Wayne State University and University of Michigan. Most recently, he was selected to participate in the Jazz and Contemporary Music program at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, and Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Tristan earned his degree from University of Michigan in 2018.
Detroit band BEARTRAP released their sophomore album April 2020, featuring compositions and performances of Tristan Cappel, Jason Didia, David Dunham, Jeff Cuny, Stuart Lyons, & special guest Walter White. The style of the album pulls from jazz, rock, & metal, fusing them to create something forward-moving & unique.
Tristan Cappel & Nathan Bieber (violinist/composer/conductor) team up to create the collaborative electronic duo "Dr. Radical & Balter Black." In early 2019, the duo released their debut EP, "Lectures," on all streaming platforms.