The Ox On The Roof Alexandre Tharaud

December 9, 2012 in Music Reviews by Michele Wilson-Morris

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With “All The World’s A Stage, award winning percussionist Tom Teasley has created a feast of soundscapes with the rhythms and sounds of instruments from around the world. There are so many colors and textures of the Middle East and Asia. Teasley plays instruments that many have never heard of, including the aquasonic, balafon, bodhran, cajon, didgi-harp, riqq, melodica, coumbek, Korg wavedrum, Roland HandSonic, MalletKat, and bansari whistle. Nice mix of acoustic, and electronic percussion with endless possibilities.

It’s always a treat getting a project from a percussionist, because when you are a supporting musician, your job is to make the lead performer sound as good as possible, and not necessarily to display all of the skills you have within your arsenal of skills. Now, on this 9 track CD, music fans will get to connect with a wide range of exotic sounds, and something as simple as a whistle takes on a different purpose when used for percussion, most notably on the track “Rise Up”. The voice is another interesting ‘instrument’ when applied by Mr. Teasley, not like a beat box but with the techniques used in Indian music, heard on “Fuska and Varuna”. This is a CD that will bring you to new places and you’ll be glad that you took the trip. Happy travels.