Event Description

NOTE: Two concerts – 6PM and 8PM

A rare opportunity to hear the distinctive sounding oud by four-time ARIA-winner and recent soloist at the London Proms, Joseph Tawadros.

Discover original improvisations, arrangements and compositions drawn from the highlights of Tawadros’ globe-trotting career that blur the boundaries between jazz, classical, contemporary and Arabic music.

“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…” BBC PRoms concert review, The Times, UK August 2018


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre

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