Tom Teasley – Sounds from the Underground

Organization(s): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, George Mason University, and City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation

| Virtual
| 2:15 pm
- 3:40 pm
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This course will consist of four live-stream events from Tom Teasley’s home studio with four separate artists. They will collaborate in real time as well as have an informal conversation about their work, background and process of artistic creation.

Guest Artist: Chao Tian

A leading performer on the Chinese dulcimer, board member of Beijing Association of China Traditional Music, leader of “Always Folk” ensemble, and a member of the prestigious Artist in Residence program at Strathmore Music Center, Chao Tian has established a career as a soloist, educator, advocate, and composer in both traditional Chinese music and other genres. As a lecturer at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) and a former member of the world renowned Twelve Girls Band, she worked many years in the discipline of musical and cultural exchange.

Her musical journey began at the age of 5 and at age 12 she gained entrance to the Affiliated Middle School of China Conservatory with a major in dulcimer. Later she was recommended for immediate admission to China Conservatory, where she obtained the Master Degree of Arts in Musical Performance in 2010.

​Chao and Tom have had their duo, Dong Xi since 2018 and have toured China won the 2020 WAMA (Washington Area Music Award) for world music and were nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for their work on The White Snake.