"Enlivening it all is Teasley, whose energetic mastery of percussion and wind instruments is always thrilling to see in action." - Missy Frederick, Washingtonian After Dark
Welcome to the new subscribers from the U.S., Europe, Middle East, and Africa. It's a joy to share my work and news throughout the world.
It's been a busy summer, fall and now winter and there is a lot of news to catch up on as well as exciting news for the future.
I had an amazing time performing and teaching at The Patagonia Percussion Festival in Argentina this past June. I performed a solo concert to a full house with my eclectic combination of jazz/world percussion and music technology. I enjoyed sitting with vibraphone master Tony Micelli and The Patagonia Big Band on a fun arrangement of The Cream Classic:
Sunshine Of Your Love. I also had an opportunity to collaborate with Chak Duo from Chile performing traditional songs and dances. In addition I presented my clinic, An American Approach To World Percussion to a sold out audience. We explored drumset approaches to djembe, doumbek, riqq, shakers and more. Look for the DVD to be released in early 2015 by Alfred Publishing!
Just after my return I toured Virginia performing family concerts at libraries
throughout the state. It is always fun and enlightening to share my international experiences and new knowledge with U.S. audiences. Also during the summer I had a wonderful time performing a series of five concerts with Jane Franklin Dance at the D.C. Fringe Festival taking place at The Atlas Theater, one of my favorite venues. More on my collaborations with Jane Franklin to follow.
In November I had a wonderful experience performing a concert and master class atThe University of Tampa. The venue Sykes Chapel on the campus had perhaps the finest acoustics of any concert hall I've ever performed in. Special thanks to Haig Mardirosian, the dean of the college of Arts and Letters for being such an amazing and gracious host. I truly enjoyed working with the students on American jazz approaches to world percussion. Percussion professor David Coash is to be congratulated on having such a strong program and enthusiastic students.
The Love of the Nightingale
This past spring I had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with my favorite theater company, Constellation Theatre, for The Love of the Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker. I recorded the soundtrack which included music inspired by Greek and Balkan cultures. Performing on over 15 instruments the CD is still garnering acclaim. It has spent over five weeks on the CMJ New World Top 40 charts and is still receiving reviews and international airplay. Rebecca Ritzel of The Washington Post states, "Can you listen to those hauntingly beautiful tunes at home? Why yes you can because genius Tom Teasley recorded the soundtrack..."
Brent Black of Critical Jazz Review enthuses, "Tom Teasley is an amazing global artist creating aural soundscapes that defy genre....An impressive display from one of the most unique if not gifted percussionists of our time."
More international press is coming in all the time. Copies of this release can be found on my website, itunes, and at cdbaby.
Sounds You Can SEE
|Tom Teasley - Multi Media Artist, Sound Designer, Composer, Percussionis
I am so delighted that my project combining my original music with creative video art is continuing to gain traction. This fall I performed my original music to the 1922 classic, Nosferatu at Workhouse Arts Center that was coincidently the opening of my first multi-media exhibition, Dada Re-Discovered
also at Workhouse. This exhibition will run through January 17. In December I performed a solo concert with Dadaist Art by Hans Richter, Viking Eggling and my own original multimedia art with my collaborator, Jim Robeson. On January 10 I will bring this process full circle with live performance, video art and dance with Jane Franklin Dance. This is a performance you won't want to miss. Reserve your tickets
to this performance.
On January 17 Jane Franklin and I will collaborate at Theater On The Run in Arlington, VA. Purchase tickets here.
Please enjoy this new EPK that describes this new direction in my work and one that will be a more prominent part of my work in the future.
Sound Mind / Sound Body
As I keep searching for new ways to implement my work and find a tangible healing outlet for it I'm proud to offer this new addition. My work with
Red Well Theater Group continues. In December we performed at the Bruce Wine Memorial Conference the work The Great God Pan by Amy Herzog. In February we will travel to San Francisco to present at AGPA (American Group Psychotherapy Association) to perform Art by Yasmina Reza. I am very honored to be a guest artist with these distinguished artists/healers. Just recently I completed a recording with Dr. Siddharth Shah for Greenleaf Integrative Strategies. This is a guided meditation designed to increase efficiency in the workplace for a more productive career and life. While the initial target audience may be government workers in stressful situations, I have discovered it is extremely beneficial for my own work and life. I am proud that my original music and sound design underscores the entire work. I plan to release a companion music only recording in the near future as my work continues in this new and exciting direction.
Thank you and best wishes for 2015
I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support this year! Those who came and saw live performances, purchased my recordings and followed me on social media, you have inspired me! Without your support I wouldn't have been able to have such an amazing year of memories and support for this coming year. I sincerely wish all of you great happiness, health, and success in the coming year. There is much to look forward to!
Peace, Salam, Shalom, Shanti,