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New BREAKING NEWS! Drum! Magazine has just published a feature article on Tom's solo percussion work, healing sounds, theatre music and more. Check out the November issue on line and at news stands now! Drum! has Tom's unique hybrid kit setup and discography.Tom has just returned from an amazing tour of South Korea where he presented programs at The Seoul Jazz Academy, Korea University of the Arts and several other institutions. He also performed concerts, radio and music journal interviews. Please stay tuned for further info and developments for a return trip in the near future! Please check out the calendar further details. Tom's DVD/book, An American Approach to World Percussion is in final editing stage and will be released by Alfred Publishing within two months!

 WORLD PERCUSSIONIST Tom Teasley was awarded (for the 3rd consecutive year) the 2014 Washington Area Music Award (WAMMIE) for Best World Music Instrumentalist! Tom just recently completed a standing room only four show run of his original live score to The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Critical press for the show is overwhelmingly enthusiastic!

"The original World Music score by Teasley more than matched what was projected on the screen. His music added appropriate powerful oomph, tender sensuality, and charming humor. The music was a symphony of the delicate or fraught with distress, dreamy or urgent, and even, at times with added mysteriously electronically distorted voices, not unlike a small choral group.” – David Siegel



"Teasley is endlessly inventive and moves between a big percussion sound worthy of Mission Impossible action scores for fight scenes and some very sweet, spare melodic lines that bring out the nuance and textures of Reiniger’s world. He also employs his own voice in vocalizes that remind me of Indian ragas. Because the accompaniment was live, he was able to not only synchronize key sound effects throughout, but created elastic transitions, slowing down and pulling up a pattern at the end of sections which delineated the cinematic “acts” beautifully.” - Susan Galbraith




"Tom Teasley’s one-man orchestrated and live-performed original score of The Adventures of Prince Achmed explores a trailblazing, revolutionary arrangement of cultural sounds including Afro-Cuban beats and Middle Eastern vibes... Tom Teasley’s brilliant work is a must-see among all theatre-goers and patrons. - Tina Ghandchilar –



His work with Constellation Theatre was recognized with his fourth nomination for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Sound Design. Tom has just released a new CD, Dreams of India, inspired by his soundtrack to the Constellation Theatre production of The Fire and The Rain running now at Source Theatre. Check calendar for info and tickets. The CD is available at iTunes, Amazon CD Baby and this site.

Please visit the store to preview and purchase Tom's new CD, Dreams of India. Rebecca Ritzel The Washington Post stated, in a recent CD review, that Tom is ..."a multi-instrumental genius" for his compelling performance on over fifteen different instruments! 

Tom Teasley: World Percussionist/Composer/Educator/Multi-Instrumentalist/Sound Designer

"The evenings dazzler..."
-- The Washington Post

"This areas most original one-man-band"
--The Washington Times

"Tom Teasley is incredible!"
--Robert Aubry Davis, WETA Around Town

"No instrument has a limitation for him.”
-- Modern Drummer Magazine

"...world music guru, Tom Teasley"
-- The Washington Examiner

"...multi-instrumental genius"                             -- The Washington Post                                                                                                                        


  • Five Fulbright-Hayes Awards for collaborating with indigenous master musicians
  • Cultural Envoy for historic performances in Jerusalem, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq
  • WAMA Washington Area Music Award for Outstanding World Music Instrumentalist 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Helen Hayes Awards 2010, 2011 for Outstanding Sound Design; 2012, 2014 nominations
  • Young Audiences Of Virginia Artist of The Year
  • Kennedy Center Artist-In-Residence
  • Collaborator with National Symphony
  • Forthcoming Published Educational DVD with Alfred Publishing
  • Feature Articles in Modern Drummer and Drum! magazine
  • Endorser/Clinician for Yamaha, Sabian, Vic Firth, Remo, Latin Percussion, and Cooperman Frame Drums

Tom Teasley, described in the Washington Post as “a multi-instrumental genius,” maintains a unique career as a solo percussionist, composer and collaborator. Tom is a 2010 and 2011 (nominations in 2012, 2014) Helen Hayes Theater Award recipient for outstanding sound design. Tom tours frequently throughout the world performing and presenting clinics for the instrument companies he endorses including Yamaha, Vic Firth, Sabian, Remo, Latin Percussion and others. He is the 2012 and 2013 WAMA (Washington Area Music Award) World Music Instrumentalist of the year. A three-time recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes grant for performances in the Middle East, Tom collaborated with indigenous musicians and gave historic performances in Saudi Arabia, the West Bank and Jerusalem. He has been an artist-in-residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has collaborated with the National Symphony as both a soloist and composer. As an international collaborator he has performed by invitation in Europe, South America, New Zealand and Samoa. Tom earned the Artist-of-the-year award from Young Audiences of Virginia for his creative and educational presentations. His seven CDs have been greeted with international airplay and acclaim. He has been the subject of feature articles in both “Modern Drummer” and “Drum!” magazines. Please visit www.tomteasley.com for more information

Almost from the outset, Tom Teasley has brought percussion up from the background, profoundly demonstrating its strength in solo performance. He is "a percussionist in the widest and most exuberant sense, musical wizard and multi-instrumental genius" says the Washington Post, calling his contribution to D.C.'s Contemporary Music Forum "the evening's dazzler." He's a "creative bonanza," claims Bruce Wittet in Modern Drummer Magazine; "... give Tom a bass drum, a snare drum and a djembe and he'll give you part Stravinsky, part Art Blakey."

Tom Teasley is a multi-dimensional performer and composer, crossing the boundaries of solo performance through the use of instruments from the world over, and cross-pollinating techniques from diverse traditions, and combining ancient percussion with digital technology.

As a cultural envoy, Teasley has traveled throughout the Middle East on behalf of the US State Department, giving historic performances in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, and Iraq in collaboration with indigenous musicians as well as in solo concerts and educational programs. He also shares his engaging experiences and global travels as musical and cultural ambassador in his keynote speaking engagements. He is the recipient of three Fulbright-Hayes Awards. He has also toured extensively, performing at world music and percussion festivals across the US, Europe, South America, New Zealand and Samoa.

Taking his music beyond the concert arena, Teasley has also performed with individual visual artists, such as performance artist Nick Cave, and with art galleries, including Washington, DC's Kreeger Museum of Art, the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia, and the Philadelphia Textile Museum. Teasley's project, Sounds You Can SEE began setting the abstract film of Dadaist master Hans Richter and others to his original music and superimposing the images of his performances into the art. He has since added his own multimedia works combining his music with video art. He's equally renowned as a theatrical composer, sound designer and performer, and his work has earned him two Helen Hayes Awards (and four nominations) for outstanding sound design for productions at several Washington, DC, theaters, including the Constellation Theatre and the Folger Theatre. Tom is the 2012, 2013 and 2014 WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Award) winner for "Best World Music Instrumentalist". In addition, he has performed with the National Symphony as both a composer and a soloist, and has been an artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at the Levine School of Music.

A dedicated educator, Teasley continues to explore new instruments and playing techniques, and to share his newfound experience in various workshops and clinics. His recent book / DVD set, An American Approach to World Percussion" is published by Alfred Publishing. This is an extensive study pertaining to jazz applications to a wide variety of of world percussion instruments and techniques. PASIC (the Percussion Arts Society International Convention) broke with tradition to feature his presentations three times at the world's largest gathering of percussionists. He has also been a clinician/artist-in-residence at Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and University of Maryland, among others. His innovative fusion of jazz, world and western classical music has earned him many endorsements. Teasley is proud to be supported by The Virginia Commission for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts. Please visit www.tomteasley.com for more information.