Joseph Tayoun, a second generation Lebanese American, is an accomplished Middle Eastern percussionist. He started playing by the early age of eight at his family’s renowned Middle East Restaurant in Philadelphia where live, authentic Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Armenian, Greek and Israeli music and dance was performed nightly for over forty years. Learning from the area’s top Middle Eastern musicians, Joe became adept at the many styles of drumming within these different ethnicities. He performs with various Middle Eastern and World Music ensembles, including M’Oud Swing, a progressive World Jazz Ensemble and Barakka, a Turkish World Rock group. He also regularly conducts workshops and master classes at schools and universities and has received grants from the NEA, PCA, PAEP, and the U.S. State Department.

Joseph is a Teacher/Artist-In-Residence at Independence Charter School, an award winning K-8 school in Center City Philadelphia where he instructs a Hands-On Global Arts class and directs the new World Drumming Corps for the Middle School. He is also Artist-In-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archeology where he regularly instructs Middle Eastern Drumming classes in the Egyptian Gallery for adults. Facebook event is "Drum Circle Workshop" at Penn Museum.

Joe leading a drumming circle at Pretzel Park

An excerpt from a performance at the International Children's Festival:

Watch this feature on Joe's teaching and performing!

And with the ensemble Jaffna:



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