Event Description

Sunday Lunch with Joseph and James Tawadros. Show starts at 2pm, come earlier for lunch.

Joseph Tawadros – virtuoso oud player, composer and raconteur with his brother James Tawadros on Egyptian percussion.

“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

“The playing throughout is technically astonishing and the interplay between the two brothers displays extraordinary empathy.” Songlines Magazine U.K.

“…raw emotion drips from dagger-like notes… The telepathic musical rapport shared by the brothers is evident in every duet.” Tony Hillier, The Australian

Joseph Tawadros AM is a 4-times ARIA award winning composer and master of the Oud, a Middle Eastern lute. He is the oud player on the ARIA award winning Ali’s Wedding soundtrack. His brother James is a virtuoso level percussionist playing the riq (small tamburine) and the bendir (frame drum) with astounding skill.

Expect a thrilling mix of Middle Eastern, jazz, traditional sounds and contemporary innovations, played with razor sharp skill – ranging from lightning fast shred work to deeply contemplative musical meditations. Along with Joseph’s notorious storytelling and anecdotes, it’s breathtaking musical entertainment that elicits laughter, joy, and even tears from the audience.

An innovative cultural collaborator, Joseph pushes the oud into uncharted waters, fusing the Arabic Maqam system with western jazz and improvisation. Joseph works as easily with jazz players as he does with symphony orchestras.

On his 3 New York albums Joseph recorded with great jazz artists including pianist Matt McMahon (Aus), bassist Christian McBride (US), guitarist John Abercrombie (US), drummer Jack de Johnette, bassist Richard Bona and eclectic banjoist Bela Fleck. Roy Ayers (vibes), John Patitucci (bass) Mike Stern (guitar) and Joey DeFrancesco (Hammond) also appear on Joseph’s New York Sessions – available as a 3 CD set.

Joseph, 35, was born in Cairo, grew up in Sydney and currently lives in London. He performed at the BBC Proms in Dubai in 2017 and will present a solo recital at the 2018 BBC Proms in London. He premiered his Concerto for Oud and Orchestra with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and in 2019 will present his concerto with Sydney Symphony and other Australian orchestras.

“Not only do they know each other’s playing inside out and share a flair for rhythmic precision, they overlap on the deeper levels of instincts for phrasing, dynamics, space, density, drama and melodic contour.” Sydney Morning Herald


31 Morehead St
Newcastle, NSW 2299