Tom Teasley

Tom Teasley

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Described by the Washington Post as a "percussionist in the widest, most exuberant sense of the word.", internationally acclaimed
drummer-percussionist-ethnomusicologist
Tom Teasley speaks the universal language of groove.

Biography


TOM TEASLEY
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Described in the Washington Post as a “percussionist in the widest and most exuberant sense of the word”, who frequently performs throughout the US and Europe, Tom Teasley combines percussion instruments and playing styles from Africa, India and the Middle East. He has fused this eclectic concept with American jazz and Western Classical music creating what noted jazz writer Bill Milkowski calls “ a beautiful tapestry of rhythm.” Modern Drummer magazine awarded his latest CD, GLOBAL GROOVILIZATION a nine-star review that states, “Percussionist and drummer Tom Teasley successfully infuses various rhythmic ideas from around the world, emphasizing the universal concept of groove. This hip West-African/Indian/Middle Eastern-influenced stew will soon have you hooked. “ (Martin Patmos, Modern Drummer) Recently, Teasley was the focus of a “Percussion Today’ feature article in Modern Drummer Magazine. Featured on a recent Discovery Channel special, Teasley’ s music is regularly aired on NPR, and by jazz, college and community radio stations.

Teasley has been Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy enter, Washington, DC, at the Kreegar Museum (collaborating with visual artists), and at Levine School of Music. He was soloist and percussion section composer for “Citypiece” with the national Symphony Orchestra, showcased on July 4th, 2000, in a national broadcast on NPR that was rebroadcast in 2001.

Teasley performs in symphonic orchestras, jazz groups & solo percussion performances. He presents 100+ concerts yearly of “The Drum: Ancient Traditions Today,” a solo interactive educational performance and VHS video release which traces the use of percussion through various hand drums, traditional percussion & electronics. He has been a headlining performer/clinician at PASIC, the world’s largest and most prestigious percussion event, three times in the past five years. An avid educator, Teasley came by his world music chops honestly, studying ethnic percussion with Glen Velez, Trichy Sankaran, Yacub Addy and Frank Malabe. He is currently Chair of Percussion Dept., Levine School of Music, Washington, DC and the percussion instructor at American university, University of the District of Columbia

His creative innovation has been well documented on CD as co-leader of the Word Beat project with poet-actor-girot Charles Williams; a commercial VHS video documenting these performances was produced in partnership with the Wright Hand Drum Company. This spoken word/music disc as well as two other Teasley solo jazz outings –his debut, BALANCING ACT, and 1997 follow-up, TIME TRAVEL –as well as his 2000 global groove smash debut, GLOBAL STANDARD TIME have all received international air-play and favorable reviews. A new 2003 video, “Global Fusion Percussion,” documents Teasley’s eclectic fusion of world drumming styles in educational performance format and accompanied by an instructional booklet written by Teasley.

Tom Teasley tours regularly, often providing workshops on behalf of the instrument manufacturers that he endorses including Remo, the Yamaha Corp., Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, Cooperman Hand Drums, Mountain Rythym Djembes & Wright Hand Drums. He also appears in Europe at music festivals in Regensburg, Germany, and Bolzano, Italy, as well as giving performance in Epfindorf and Berlin, Germany.

Described in the Washington Post as a “percussionist in the widest and most exuberant sense of the word”, Teasley came by his world music chops honestly, studying ethnic percussion with Glen Velez, Trichy Sankaran, Yacub Addy and Frank Malabe. He has twice been a headlining performer at PASIC, the world’s largest and most prestigious percussion event, and will be featured again in November, 2003. Recently, Teasley was documented in Modern Drummer magazine, and he will be featured on an upcoming Discovery Channel special. His music, is regularly aired on NPR, and by jazz, college and community radio. He is currently Chair of Percussion Dept., Levine School of Music, Washington, DC, and the percussion instructor at American University, University of the District of Columbia.

Teasley has been Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., at the Kreeger Museum ( collaborating with visual artists), and at Levine School of Music. He was soloist and percussion section composer for “Citypiece” with the National Symphony Orchestra, showcased on July 4th, 2000, in a national broadcast on NPR that was rebroadcast in 2001.

Teasley performs in symphonic orchestras, jazz groups & solo percussion performances. He present 100+ concerts yearly of “The Drum: Ancient Traditions Today,” a solo performance and VHS video release which traces the use of percussion through various hand drums, traditional percussion & electronics.

His creative innovation has been well documented on CD as co-leader of the Word Beat project with poet-actor-griot Charles Williams; a com

Discography

CDs:
Global Groovilization ( currently in release, radio play throughout the nation)
Other CDs featured on radio and NPR's All Things Considered:
Global Standard Time
Poetry, Prose, Percussion and Song ( with Word Beat partner Charles Williams)
Time Travel
Balancing Act
(specific tunes featured in liquid audio format at www.tomteasely.com)

VHS Videos:
Global Fusion Percussion ( not yet released)
The Drum: Ancient Traditions Today
Poetry, Prose, Percussion and Song In Performance ( with Word Beat partner Charles Williams)

Set List

Tom draws from an extremely large repretoire which includes original compositions, improvisations and arrangements of jazz standards. A sample set list would include:
Freedom Jazz Dance, Eddie Harris
Africa, Tom Teasley
One World, Tom Teasley
Seven Candlesticks, Tom Teasley
Passion Dance, McCoy Tyner
Crystal Silence, Chick Corea
For Papa Jo ( Hi Hat Solo) , Tom Teasley
Dirt Road Dancin', Tom Teasley
Riqq Solo ( Eqyptian Tambourine), Tom Teasley
Straight No Chaser, Thelonius Monk
For Max (drumset solo), Tom Teasley