JOSEPH TAWADROS & JAMES TAWADROS
Oud (Arabic lute,) Req, Bendir (Egyptian percussion)
“Not only do they know each other’s playing inside out, they overlap on the deeper
levels of instincts for phrasing, dynamics, space, density, drama and melodic contour.”
Sydney Morning Herald
“The playing throughout is technically astonishing and the interplay between the two
brothers displays extraordinary empathy.” Songlines Magazine U.K.
A virtuoso musician of diversity and sensitivity, Cairo-born Joseph is known for brilliant technique,
deep musicianship and a joyous performance style enhanced by his gift for storytelling and hilarious
anecdotes and commentary through the show. The brothers’ music blends world music, jazz and
classical seamlessly and shows their skills in contemporary genres as well as their traditional pieces.
Joseph and James Tawadros have received 12 ARIA nominations and 4 ARIA Awards and have
performed with BBC Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Sydney Symphony and with jazz quartets and
trios. Nominated for Young Australian of the Year in 2014 Joseph received the Order of Australia
Medal (AM) for services to music in 2016.