“World music instrumentalist, composer, educator and Wammie
Award-winner” are words that describe both percussionist Tom
Teasley and woodwind player Seth Kibel. After years of seeing each
other around the Mid-Atlantic music scene, the two were brought
together by a request from the Washington Jewish Music Festival
for “something brand new.” With enough instruments between
them for a full ensemble, jamming led to composing, which led to
performing, which led to Tiny Planet. This collaboration combines
exciting rhythms and unique melodies with influences from around
the globe. Check out their website at www.tinyplanetduo.com
Tom Teasley, described in the Washington Post as “a multi-instrumental genius,” maintains a unique career as a solo percussionist, composer and collaborator. Tom was awarded the Drum! magazine “Drummie” Award for 2016 World Percussionist of the Year and first runner up for Percussion Clinician. Tom is a 2010, 2011, and 2016 Helen Hayes Theater Award recipient for outstanding sound design. He tours frequently throughout the world performing and presenting
clinics for the instrument companies he endorses including Yamaha, Vic Firth, Sabian, Remo, Gon Bops and others. A five-time recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes grant for performances in the Middle East, Tom collaborated with indigenous musicians in Saudi Arabia, the West Bank and Jerusalem. Tom has been an artist-in-residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has collaborated with the National Symphony as both a soloist and composer. As an international collaborator he has performed by invitation in Europe, South America, New Zealand and Samoa. Tom earned the Artist-of-the-year award from Young Audiences of Virginia for his creative and educational presentations.
Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in jazz, swing, and more. Wowing audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Alexandria Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more. Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His song "New Waltz" was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW). His most recent recording, Seth Kibel Presents: Songs of Snark & Despair, was released in 2017 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. This album is a collections of songs, with music and lyrics by Seth, written in direct response to the 2016 Presidential election and the events that followed, and features an all-star cast of vocalists and instrumentalists from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.