2017

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Tawdaros brothers

James Tawadros and Joseph Tawadros

“One of the most impressive musicians to emerge in Australia … with a dazzling technique dispensing hair-raising tempos… His writing displays a real depth of emotion …revelling in a zest for life and celebration.” – THE AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER

The ARIA Award winning Tawadros Tawadros Brothers aren’t afraid to try new things. Challenging traditional musical forms, and pushing boundaries in meter and melody, they bring an exciting performing dynamic to the stage.

Featuring Joseph Tawadros on Oud (Middle Eastern Lute) and James Tawadros on Req’ (Arabic Tambourine), the brothers were brought up in a musical family and both virtuosi on their respective instruments.

Together they perform Joseph’s original works, incorporating fusion, arabic modes, even elements of metal and bluegrass, drawing also from world, folk and jazz. From thrilling and furiously paced numbers to beautifully introspective and tranquil tracks, it is seamlessly woven together by The brothers trademark virtuosity and lyricism and the striking contemporary musicality of the oud and the req.

Catch them in this rare duo performance before they head to the Dubai Opera House to perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Joseph has transformed the way the fretless, round-backed string instrument is viewed, taking it out of its traditional Middle Eastern setting and into the realms of classical music and jazz. “I can improvise in a traditional style and play traditional music,” Tawadros says, “but I chose to bring something a little different and new to the oud.” Sydney Morning Herald, October 2012

At 33, Joseph Tawadros is established as one of the world’s leading oud performers and composers. A virtuoso of diversity and sensitivity, Joseph performs in concert halls worldwide and is known for his brilliant technique, deep musicianship and joyous style of performance.

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