Joseph Tayoun

Renowned Percussionist and Educator

The web home for Joe Tayoun, an accomplished percussionist and educator.









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 were 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 locally, regionally, and internationally, as well as conducting workshops and master classes at schools and universities.  Joseph has been the recipient of several noteworthy grants from such organizations including the: NEA, PCA, PAEP, and the State Department.  He is currently active in a wide variety of projects both as a performer and a educator.