About Dong Xi
Dong Xi is a new collaboration between world percussionist Tom Teasley and world-renowned Chinese dulcimer artist Chao Tian. Tom and Chao’s cultural backgrounds drive Dong Xi Music’s uniqueness, and their intellectual musical creativity produces a refreshing new chemistry.
With the current trend of globalization between the U.S. and China, collaboration and communication need to be established in more than just the fields of politics and economics. Dong Xi provides cultural exchange via an improvised musical dialogue. Most performances between Chinese and American musicians are pre-arranged, but Dong Xi’s musical tête-à-tête is on-the-go, spontaneous, and intriguingly unknown. Such conversation is established and conducted through mutual respect and understanding of each other’s culture, with a goal to support, disseminate, and showcase each other’s cultural legacy.
Dong Xi strives to better-convey and interpret Chinese and U.S. music and culture. From musical performance, to the reception of audience, to the promotion of resonance and inner feelings, this collaboration has a greater power than simply presenting each country’s culture. Both Tom and Chao are musical polyglots who have successfully broken the barriers and hurdles between cultures and art forms, in a never-ending quest to fascinate, inspire, and to discover new sounds, meaning, and art.
They has performed at many famous venues and events in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Michigan. In 2019, they released their first album “Out of the Blue” and were invited to China for teaching residency. Also, they are the winner of Best World Music Artist /Group of Wammie and nominator of Outstanding Sound Design of 2020 Helen Hayes Award.