World Peace Through World Music
I’d like to welcome new subscribers from Europe, The Middle East, China and of course the USA. I’d like to wish everyone a happy new year as we look forward to more music and more peace!
There are several exciting projects on the horizon for me as I continue to explore new areas of expression.
Trip to Oman
Tom collaborating in Basra, Iraq
I’ll be departing in several days for a tour to Oman at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Muscat. I’ll be performing at the 2018 Muscat Festival of the Arts. While there I’ll perform solo, collaborate with Omani musicians and present educational programs. I am honored to have represented the United States on arts missions in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, Korea, Iraq and more. No doubt this will be a fantastic opportunity for me to share my work and spread the love through music.
Community and State Arts Grants
I’m adopting the template of my worldwide residencies to the community level. I just returned from Martinsville, VA where I was in residence for a week. While there I presented six workshops/master-classes, performed a community concert and had a month long exhibit of my video art. This program was made possible by a generous grant from The Virginia Commission for the Arts, Remo, Vic Firth and Gon Bops.
Tom Teasley and Charles Williams
I’ll be bringing that concept even close to my hometown in Alexandria where I was awarded a grant to provide concerts. On February 24 my dear friend and collaborator, Charles Williams and I will perform a concert at Alexandria Black History Museum. Tickets can be purchased here. We perform at 4 PM and tickets are a modest $10. We expect this event to sell-out as it’s a small venue so reserve tickets soon. You can purchase tickets here. Feel free to catch a glimpse of our program here. In addition, I’ll be having a music/video presentation that runs all month, which features my collaboration with Charles. So please stop by and enjoy it anytime during their business hours!
Tiny Planet recording with Seth Kibel
Tom Teasley and Seth Kibel
Seth Kibel and I are moving into high gear with our duo collaboration, “Tiny Planet”. We have released our CD, “Tiny Planet” and you can preview and purchase it here.
Our concert at Strathmore Mansion was a great success and positively reviewed by the press:
“Kibel and Teasley’s program was mostly improvised. It truly was like watching a conversation between two people who are deeply connected. The fluidity in their relationship and their unique styles made for some beautiful music that may never happen again. At times, it was like the audience wasn’t there and they were just living their music. This electric and engaging energy created an incredible experience.”
– Elle Marie Sullivan – Maryland Theatre Guide
Read the full review here.
“Each note seeps deeply into the audience’s senses, stimulating our imagination and expanding our perception of possibility. At times, I felt like I was riding on Aladdin’s magical carpet across space and time to places both foreign and familiar – South India to Switzerland, Italy to Iraq, the Americas to Africa and beyond – catching glimpses of their distinct cultures as I traveled the sound waves of Kibel and Teasley’s unique musical blends.”
– Sherrita Wilkins – DCMetroTheaterArts
Read the full review here.
Kennedy Center with Mouse on Mars
I recently had a wonderful time joining the German techno group Mouse on Mars for a concert at The Kennedy Center! It was an amazing experience with an orchestra consisting of DC’s finest jazz and classical musicians, two laptop computers and over a hundred computer-controlled percussion instruments on stage. The music was more Edgard Varèse and Frank Zappa than traditional techno. It was truly a memorable experience!
I’m continuing to provide studio percussion overdubs with clients in Europe and elsewhere. It’s a very simple process where you Dropbox me audio files and I create the overdubs with my Grammy award-winning engineer. I then return the audio files electronically and am paid via PayPal. If you’d like to add some of “the world” to your studio project you can find out more information here.
I’m also very busy with my teaching schedule at The University of District of Columbia and my home teaching studio/skype schedule. Click here to find out more information.
Until next time, Peace, Salaam, Shalom, Om Shanti,