PVCC Hosts Multi-Instrumental Artist Tom Teasley for World Music Concert and Live Accompaniment of Silent Horror Film


Susian Brooks
Director, Marketing and Media Relations
434.961.6574 | sbrooks@pvcc.edu 


Charlottesville, Va. – October 1, 2020 – The Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) Fine Arts and Performance division will host musician Tom Teasley, dubbed a “multi-instrumental genius” by The Washington Post, for a two-day residency that includes a world music concert and a silent horror film screening featuring Teasley’s spooky live accompaniment. Events will take place October 17-18, in the Main Stage Theatre, located in the V. Earl Dickinson Building on the PVCC main campus in Charlottesville. Social distancing regulations must be followed, and masks/face coverings are required and must be worn at all times by all attendees of any Fine Arts and Performance event on the PVCC campus. 

On Saturday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m., Teasley will lead the audience on a musical journey from the Silk Road through Italy to China, and the Sugar Trade Route from Africa to the Americas. “Drumming Through Cultures & Time” traces the migration of musical traditions with ancient instruments such as the balafon, doumbek, djembe, kilimba and frame drums. Teasley uses digital looping to layer elements, creating virtual percussion ensembles of up to five performers. The concert draws upon Teasley’s collaborations with indigenous musicians in Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the West Bank and Jerusalem during his work as a Cultural Envoy for the U.S. State Department. 

On Sunday, October 18, at 3 p.m., Teasley will create a live soundscape to accompany a screening of the 1920s film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” commonly known as the first horror movie and a famous example of the German Expressionist movement with its bold visual style. Teasley's score layers all manner of percussion and unusual instruments, heightening the dramatic moments and action of the film with what has been described as "...less a traditional soundtrack, and more an unsettling soundscape that unnerves and disorients the viewer” (Mike Bevel, DC Metro Theater Arts). 

Tom Teasley’s performances are supported in part by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Only 100 tickets each are available for the events (20% capacity for each performance).  

Tickets for “Drumming Through Cultures & Time” are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students; tickets for “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. Patrons are encouraged to purchase advance tickets online at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts or by calling the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376 (major credit cards accepted). The PVCC Cashier’s Office, located in the main building, will also have tickets available for purchase during normal business hours. If available, tickets may also be purchased starting two hours prior to the performance at the PVCC Box Office, located at the main entrance of the Dickinson Building.

An archive video of both performances will be available online the week following the shows. Patrons may visit www.pvcc.edu/performingarts and purchase access to the recordings for $4 each. For more information, email boxoffice@pvcc.edu or call 434.961.5376. 
About Piedmont Virginia Community College
Established in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia – principally, residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach her/his potential, and excellence in all programs and services. The main campus is in Albemarle County, Virginia. Classes are also offered at the PVCC Eugene Giuseppe Center in Stanardsville, Va. (Greene County) and the PVCC Jefferson School Center in downtown Charlottesville. Visit www.pvcc.edu



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