About Tom Teasley

Tom Teasley is a multi-dimensional percussion/multi-instrumental artist with one foot deeply in ancient and jazz traditions and the other exploring new areas of artistic expression. His work has been peer-recognized regionally and internationally for its artistic excellence. As a solo percussionist and collaborator, he has traveled the world representing the U.S. Dept of State (six Fulbright-Hayes Awards) and performing at numerous festivals worldwide. He combines indigenous traditions, jazz, and music technology into a unique tapestry transcending time and culture.

The Washington Post described him as “a multi-instrumental genius.” Tom’s unique approach and abilities have earned him the 2016 World Percussionist of the Year Award from Drum! Magazine and seven Washington Area Music Awards for Outstanding World Music Instrumentalist. As a collaborator, he has worked with the National Symphony and Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, among others. His work as a sound designer/composer and performer for theater has earned him seven Helen Hayes nominations and three awards. Tom’s live soundtracks to silent movies are greeted with admiration from both critics and audiences.

As an educator, Alfred Music publishes his book/DVD combining world percussion and jazz. He has presented workshops/masterclasses and clinics at the most prestigious universities and conservatories worldwide. He continues to create a new vocabulary merging jazz drumming techniques with various indigenous hand drumming concepts. Tom is equally passionate about sharing his love of percussion and music through interactive family and school programs.