2020

Event Description

 

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The Art of the Oud – a season of Joseph Tawadros solo shows on  25, 26, 27, 28, 29 February 2020.

“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

“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

“Tawadros had the opulent low notes weeping and the high ones so brittle with anguish that they almost hurt. This, more than all the fiery virtuosity, is his ultimate strength.” John Shand Sydney Morning Herald

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

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

An innovative cultural collaborator, Joseph pushes the oud into uncharted waters, fusing the Arabic Maqam system with western jazz and improvisation. He sees the oud as much more than an ‘ethnic instrument’

On his three New York albums Joseph recorded with some of the 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 banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck. Roy Ayers (vibes), John Patitucci (bass) Mike Stern (guitar) and Joey DeFrancesco (Hammond) also appear on Joseph’s New York sessions – now available as a 3 CD set.

 

 

REVIEWS

“Joseph Tawadros is an astronaut of the oud, exploring ever new spaces, languages and drama. Listening to him is like watching Aurora Borealis, always passionate, always astonishing.” Ruth Padel, London, Author (‘Emerald’ and ‘Learning to Play an Oud in Nazareth’).

‘Joseph Tawadros is a genius!’ – William Dalrymple, London, Author.

“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, Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

“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
“This Egyptian Oudist is a master of his field. He uses the instrument for intercultural coalescences, creating dialogue between western and eastern.”- Agaz-Smitz, Germany

“One of the greatest virtuosos of this world stringed instrument, the lute family, is Egyptian born Joseph Tawadros. He is not only a great oudist, but also a composer who constantly explores the expressive limits of his instrument.”- IL SOL 24 ORE, Italy.

“The playing throughout is technically astonishing. Amid this fiery brilliance, reflective pieces … demonstrate Tawadros’s emerging maturity as a composer.” Songlines Magazine U.K.

“When there are great artists such as Joseph Tawadros, going beyond the dividing line between East and West, he creates an intense sound with a structure that can eliminate the distance between jazz and oriental music.” – Westzeit, Germany.

“Certainly Tawadros is not averse to showmanship (witness the pink jacket on ABC TV’s Q&A!), but that tendency was completely overridden by his profound instinct for making music that is a mirror of truth; a bridge between his heart and mind and those of his listeners.” Sydney Morning Herald

“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

“Egyptian-born oud player Joseph Tawadros is blessed with one of the most inquisitive musical minds around, evident by just a casual glance at his past collaborations. These have ranged from the Australian Chamber Orchestra to Zakir Hussain, from Neil Finn and Katie Noonan to Jack DeJohnette and Bela Fleck.” Sydney Morning Herald

“The music of Egyptian born Australian based Joseph Tawadros traverses the boundaries of jazz, classical and world music, creating this seemingly effortless subdued fusion of genres and worlds.
It’s a really unique recording, lush and vibrant with a very much live feel continuing Tawadros’ desire to take the oud into new uncharted realms.’ Cyclic Defrost Magazine