Issue 1 2015

"Musical accompaniment by Tom Teasley perfectly accentuates the moments with tympani-like crescendo for gigantic events or the soft whipple of a lark for softer moments. Teasley's mastery of the assorted instruments elevates the experience to new levels". DC Theatre Scene


I'm excited to welcome 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.


The new year is off to a great start. I hope all my friends are well and staying warm!


Fourth Helen Hayes Nomination


I am so honored to be nominated for the fourth time for a Helen Hayes Award for my work on the Constellation Theatre production of The Love of the Nightingale. Any recognition of my work is really the result of my collaboration with artistic director, Allison Arkell Stockman who greatly elevates my work. My engineer and collaborator Jim Robeson, as usual, did an amazing job on the prerecorded tracks. Assistant sound designer, Adam W. Johnson, was suburb at putting the sound in the room. All the actors were outstanding at finding the music within the words. Megan Dominy, Henry Niepotter and Doria Schmidt lent their beautiful voices to sing my melodies. Sharing my work with these artists and you was truly a gift! I recorded the soundtrack to The Love of the Nightingale and it has been enjoying international airplay and acclaim. Just recently the CD was picked up by syndicated Global Village where it is broadcasted to over 200 radio stations in the US and New Zealand. It charted at #17 on their top 40 for the month of January! If you would like to support this work it is available for purchase: Teasley websiteitunes, and CD Baby


I'm looking forward to my next collaboration with Constellation Theatre this spring with the Indian epic, The Fire and The Rain. Stay tuned for details in the next newsletter.


CASTLETON in performance


I am very excited to bring my genre to the Castleton Festival on February 15 at 4:00PM. Audiences have been enthralled since 1997 by this artistically diverse series of recital and chamber music programs, jazz, world music, theater, opera, and dance in the Theatre House on Castleton Farms. Since its inaugural performance with Mstislav Rostropovich, Yefim Bronfman and Maestro Lorin Maazel, more than 120 events have been part of this series. There are some wonderful restaurants and vineyards in the area. I hope you will enjoy my performance and visit this beautiful part of Virginia! I'll be presenting an interesting mix of ancient percussion from all over the world combined with futuristic electronics. In addition I'll be resetting the music to some avant garde films by Hans Richter, Viking Eggeling as well as some of my own multi-media work. Tickets are available, mention the discount code teasley20 for 20% off adult tickets. Enjoy an example of my original video art. 


Sound Mind / Sound Body

The intersection of sound and healing continue to fascinate me as I continue this journey. My work with Red Well Theater Group who approach theater and group therapy as healing arts, continues this month. I am very much looking forward to my trip to San Francisco to present at AGPA (American Group Psychotherapy Association) and perform Art by Yasmina Reza. I am very honored to be a guest artist with these distinguished artists/healers. In this work we will be exploring the subject of attachment and how it can have effect on relationships. My music will serve as the "voice" of a painting by Mikhail Antrios, which I'll interpret on hang drum, kalimba and Cooperman frame drum.


Music in Education


I love sharing my work with enthusiastic students and I've recently had plenty of opportunity. In my hometown, I just completed programs at Langley School and St. Stephens St. Agnes. This week I travel to the Rappahannock / Lancaster, VA area to present a public concert, and a concert and master class at the local middle school and high school. I'll work with the high school percussion students sharing my concepts of world percussion from an American jazz perspective.

I enjoy sharing my teaching with students from California, Alaska and beyond through my Skype lesson program, as well as in my state of the art home studio. I'll leave you with one of my recent videos inspired by the compositions of Max Roach performed on the South Indian Kanjira combined with techniques of South Italian tamburello. 

Peace, Salam, Shalom, Shanti,