Event Description

JPG ~175KB: James and Joseph

The Oud player from the Ali’s Wedding soundtrack brings his Arabic lute and his brilliant percussionist brother to Avoca!

If you enjoyed the evocative Oud music on the Ali’s Wedding soundtrack – this is the musician you heard: Triple ARIA Award winning oud player, Joseph Tawadros AM, isn’t afraid to try new things. Challenging traditional musical forms, and pushing boundaries in meter and melody, he brings an exciting performing dynamic to the stage.

Alongside his brother – brilliant young Egyptian percussionist James Tawadros – they will take listeners on a journey from their Arabic music traditions through to contemporary jazz and fusion feels.

Joseph composes and performs original works on his beloved oud (Arabic Lute) 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 his trademark virtuosity and lyricism and the striking contemporary musicality of the oud.

As a bonus, Joseph’s on-stage anecdotes and hilarious patter keeps the audience smiling between the pieces performed. It’s not unusual to see listeners move from laughter to tears, then back again, through the course of a Joseph Tawadros concert – a real journey of the emotions.

2017 highlights for Joseph included performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, his Oud Concerto premiere with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, releasing the brilliant album Live at Abbey Road and performing on the Ali’s Wedding soundtrack.

UPDATE October 5: Live at Abbey Road and Ali’s Wedding soundtrack have both just been nominated for ARIA Awards.

Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
69 Avoca Drive
Avoca Beach, NSW