Here is a little bit of how I've managed to hit things that make noise and earn a living while doing it....
Joe grew up in Cleveland playing all the music he could...from jazz, punk rock, hip-hop, reggae, classical and electronic. After graduating high school, Joe attended Cleveland State University, studying classical percussion and performing with the Cleveland Youth Orchestra under the tutelage of the Cleveland Orchestra. It was around this time that Joe started playing and touring with the internationally acclaimed avant-acoustic-electric trio, birth. Upon first leaving home, Joe moved up east to study jazz performance and composition at the New England Conservatory.
In 2000, Joe relocated to NYC to be with the love of his life, his now-awesome-wife, and to make music. Joe had some amazing opportunities to play, tour and record with such artists such as The Fugees, Lady Gaga, Mike Patton, Wyclef Jean, Matisyahu, Blondie, Rahzel, Del Amitri, Lauren Hill, Joe Maneri, Simply Red, The Green, Ying Yang Twins, Z-Trip, Wayne Krantz, Easy Star All-stars, Meshell Ndegeocollo, Battle of Mice and other amazing artists.
After a few years in NYC, Joe co-founded Dub Trio. Dub Trio has released several albums, toured internationally and was the backing band for Matisyahu and Mike Patton's Peeping Tom. While with Matisyahu, Joe performed at the 2010 Winter Olympics, made many national and international TV appearances, and toured and recorded behind the four albums: ‘Live at Stubbs Vol. II’ ‘Light’ ‘Akeda’ & 'Sparker Seekers'. In 2016, Joe co-founded Yellowstone Apocalypse, an instrumental doom duo. Joe started playing percussion in the GRiZ Live Band in 2017, whose first show was at a sold-out Red Rocks. 2018 brought about the formation of Togishi, a Cleveland based improv trio creating music that is both visceral and cerebral.
When Joe is not on the road, he keeps busy recording as a session musician, producing/remixing, teaching drums, teaching yoga (RYT-200), being a nutrition/cooking coach, and riding his bike for long distances.
A few highlights of playing music throughout his career include: opening for The Who, holding down the drum chair for The Fugees’ reunion tour, receiving an American Music Award and performing live on national television for the awards ceremony, and in 2013 releasing an album of original solo classical percussion compositions entitled, Omega
“. . . has sharp attack that fills the music with punchy life” “Tomino uses digital delay on parts of his kit…its an amazing thing to see.” - Modern Drummer
“. . . valued as on innovator of drums, mostly for shifting his ability of mixing styles and his intense propulsive spur.” - Jazzer
“. . . after seeing what Joe Tomino does with a drum kit, a pair of sticks and effected mic, you will give up playing drums.” - Sentimentalist
“Joe Tomino is plain ridiculous, the way he knocks the beat backward and forward like some kind of 5D table tennis match.” - Metal Jazz
“. . . in a whirling dervish who simply must be heard to be believed.” - jazzweekly.com