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 says the Washington Post,which also refers to him, for his contributions to recent Constellation Theatre productions, as a multi-instrumental genius and musical wizard. He's a creative bonanza, claims Bruce Wittet in Modern Drummer Magazine; ... give Tom a bass drum, a snare drum and a djembé and he'll give you part Stravinsky, part Art Blakey.
Teasley is a multi-dimensional performer and composer, crossing J 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.