World Drumming to your fingertips
Joe Tayoun is a second generation Lebanese-American percussionist who offers inspired performances and masterful workshops to students of all ages and backgrounds.
Joe started playing for public audiences at the age of 8 at his family's restaurant where Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Armenian, Greek and Israeli music and dance were performed nightly for forty years. He has taught children in Pennsylvania and New Jersey schools, including Swarthmore, Temple, Villanova, and Rowan, to name a few.
Joe has extensive local and global experience in sharing his talents, knowledge, and light-hearted humor with learners of all ages, backgrounds, and musical abilities.
Joey’s great stage presence, virtuosity, versatility and his many styles of Middle Eastern drumming and beyond are a treasure for any ensemble.
His caring and magnetic personality make him a great educator so I am always excited to return to the stage with him.
Cellist, the Philadelphia Orchestra
Artistic Director, ARTolerance
Faculty Temple University & Swarthmore College
"[The students] went from not being able to hold drumsticks properly to performing within a few months. It’s really awesome to see!"
Mastery Charter Pickett Campus
"Joe is a tremendous collaborator and musician. Both his percussion and his personality bring our Shabbat service to the next level, making it an interactive and energetic experience for all of our community members. Joe provides the rhythm for our spiritual connection."
Rabbi Abi Weber
Temple Beth Zion – Beth Israel
"Under Joe’s leadership, our students have found a safe, productive, and joyful space to express themselves through music."
Mary Beth Betzler
Mastery Charter School
Joe is a founding member and directs the percussion team of the international touring ensemble Atzilut: Concerts for Peace. Atzilut performs a balanced program of Hebrew and Arabic music. Fronted by master singers in their respective genres, Cantor Jack Kessler and Maurice Chedid, the ensemble spreads the message of peace by working together to create beauty.
Renown and honored hazzan, teacher, director
“It has been such a privilege to witness Joe’s drum circles in senior living communities over the past 8 years. As a music therapist, I greatly appreciate his positively contagious energy, patience, and care when leading older adults to fully participate in community drum circles. Joe’s passion for life and intuitive ability for bringing people together through music; it’s priceless and adds so much value to the wellness programs we offer residents.”
Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow, Paul’s Run