Joseph Tatum is a multi-genre cellist and composer residing in Reno, Nevada where he performs with a number of diverse ensembles. His primary objective has been to explore and innovate the cello's unique capabilities as a non-classical performance instrument. In June 2016 this goal manifested itself when Joseph teamed up with Ethan Gray to form Darabello, a duo featuring original composition for looped cello and percussion. Very soon after forming Darabello, Joseph was commissioned by Reno’s Artown to create a show alongside dancer Alex Kaskie, which set the stage for an invitation to perform a collaborative 2017 TEDx talk in Carson City, NV. Most recently, Joseph completed tracking for Darbello’s debut album, set to release in 2019.
In addition to these projects, Joseph performs as a section member of the Reno Philharmonic, as well as with the Desert Rose Ensemble. He also maintains an active interest in teaching, including work with the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra program.
Joseph holds a Master of Music degree in cello performance from University of Nevada, Reno and a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.