For Immediate Release: Three Times Helen Hayes Award Winner Tom Teasley to perform Live Improvised Sound Track to Silent Film at the Hill Center

“Street Scenes” Series Features Versatile Percussionist Tom Teasley with Question and Answer Period to Follow

Washington, D.C. (October 8th, 2018) — Street Scenes at the Hill Center presents percussionist Tom Teasley to perform solo live improvised music to silent film on Wednesday, November 7th, at 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 on the day of the performance and can be purchased online or at the door. Purchase tickets on InstantSeats at

Teasley will be improvising a live soundtrack to two silent films: Sherlock Jr by reknown filmmaker and comedian Buster Keaton, and Ghosts Before Breakfast, a short 1929 film by Hans Richter. Created in 1924, Sherlock Jr is a full-length feature which tells the tale of a film projectionist who is framed by his rival for stealing a pocketwatch. Watch as the world unravels at every turn while lead actor and director, Keaton, attempts to play “detective” with live music amplifying every step of the way. The performance will also include a question and answer period, followed by a reception.

Tom Teasley, described in the Washington Post as “a multi-instrumental genius,” maintains a unique career as a solo percussionist, composer and collaborator. He is the 2016 Drummie Award winner for “World Percussionist of the Year” by Drum! Magazine. Tom is a three time Helen Hayes Theatre Award recipient for outstanding sound design (seven nominations). He tours frequently throughout the world while performing and presenting clinics for endorsers, Vic Firth, Sabian, Remo, Gon Bops and others. His educational book/DVD, An American Approach to World Percussion, is published by Alfred Publishing. Tom is the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 WAMA (Washington Area Music Award) World Music Instrumentalist of the year. He is also a six-time recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes grant for historic performances in the Middle East. As an artist-in-residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, he has collaborated with the National Symphony as both a soloist and composer. He has been the subject of numerous feature articles in both Modern Drummer and Drum! magazines. You can find his music online at

“No instrument has a limitation for him. Give Tom a bass drum, a snare drum, and a djembé, and he’ll give you part Stravinsky, part Art Blakey.”- Bruce Wittet, Modern Drummer

Find out more about Tom Teasley’s Silent Film Projects:

Preview Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr:

Hill Center Street Scenes Concert Series

For a complete schedule and artist bios for the Hill Center Street Scenes Concert Series, curated by Burnett Thompson and Shannon Gunn, please visit Ensembles in residence at the Hill Center provide exquisite concert performances coupled with children’s programming in D.C. public schools. In its 7th season, the aim of the series is to bring the world’s rich musical universe to Capitol Hill and the wider Washington, D.C. community.

Street Scenes Upcoming Concerts:
February 14th, 2019: Sam Prather
March 27th, 2019: Washington Women in Jazz Festival
April 17th, 2019: Kris Funn and Cornerstore
May 15th, 2019: Monika Herzig’s SHEroes

Photo cut-line: Tom Teasley to perform at Street Scenes at Hill Center on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018.

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