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Joseph Tawadros 'Feathers' portrait by Daniel SponiarJOSEPH TAWADROS IN AUSTRALIA MAY-JUNE 2018


“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

“The playing throughout is technicaly astonishing and the interplay between the two brothers displays extraordinary empathy. Amid this fiery brilliance, reflective pieces … demonstrate Tawadros’s emerging maturity as a composer.” Review of Live At Abbey Road, Jan 2018 Songlines Magazine U.K.

“They are phenomenal musicians, able to improvise and play off each other as they develop fusion music that crosses between classical, bluegrass, folk and jazz. Never less than electrifying and always entertaining, given Joseph’s wild sense of humour and ability to laugh at many taboos, this was a sensational concert…” Performing Arts Hub, August 2017

Joseph Tawadros AM is a 4-times ARIA award winning master of the Oud, a Middle Eastern lute. He has recorded 14 albums of original music and he is the oud player you hear on the ARIA award winning Ali’s Wedding soundtrack.

Expect a thrilling mix of Middle Eastern, jazz, traditional sounds and contemporary innovations, including music from Joseph’s new album The Bluebird, the Mystic and the Fool.

With Joseph to launch the new album are  Matt McMahon – one of Australia’s finest jazz pianists,  James Tawadros, a virtuoso player of Egyptian percussion (req, frame drum), KArl Dunnicliff – double bassist with a strong jazz background and Dimitri Vouros – remarkable clarinetist with skills in world music and jazz and improvisation.

Joseph is touring as a special guest with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in May and June 2018, while also presenting his own concerts around the same time. The ACO will feature Joseph’s original pieces in their concerts.

Joseph, 34, was born in Cairo, grew up in Sydney and currently lives in London. He performs all over the world often with orchestras presenting his original works, including BBC Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras and the Academy of Ancient Music in London.

In 2017 Joseph performed at the BBC Proms in Dubai, in Ukraine, Poland, Vienna, London, Manchester, as well as several Australian cities including the premiere of his Concerto for Oud and Orchestra with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.


Marrickville Rd & Railway Parade
Marrickville, NSW 2204
(02) 9550 3777