2018

Event Description

“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

“From the opening improvisatory Taqasim Kord, through the haunting harmonics of Constellation, to the mournful, decorated rising and falling scales, building to a rocky bass riff and insistent strumming, before a final slow fade and slide in Work, its title drawn from a poem by Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran, Tawadros took us through a wide range of styles and techniques.

Yet there is always a core of Arabic scales and harmonies in all his pieces. In Gare de l’Est, inspired by the bustling Paris station, there are blues and jazz inflections, and the rapid fingerwork and strumming almost sounds like a train at one point, but the Arabic roots of the music here can’t be mistaken.”
BBC Proms concert review, BachTrack, UK August 2018

“Tawadros may like to joke about his Aussie accent, and he may be a more flamboyant soloist than Brahem, yet there remains a core of spirituality in his playing. You didn’t have to be a disciple of the writings of Khalil Gibran to appreciate the graceful contours of Work, while Permission to Evaporate had Tawadros paying discreet homage to his parents…”
The Times, UK August  2018

 

Joseph Tawadros is a warmly engaging performer, presenting a thrilling mix of his own works that encompass world music, Middle Eastern music, jazz and classical elements. Passionate, to contemplative, to transcendent – interspersed with rollicking up-tempo pieces – the emotional range of his repertoire leaves listeners exhilarated.
Joseph performs with great technical skill: from super fast virtuoso work to poignant tender phrases. He draws deeply from the Arabic music he was immersed in from childhood, yet every piece he presents on stage is an original contemporary composition. The music is enhanced with Joseph’s trademark storytelling and engaging with the audience.

Catch him in this rare solo performance before he heads back to Australia for a National Tour.

“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

“From the first few notes of hearing Joseph Tawadros, one is astonished by his musical depth and stunning technique. This is a strong sensibility steeped in the history of his birth country and its musicians.”
– Richard Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra.

October Gallery
24 Old Gloucester St, Bloomsbury
London
United Kingdom