The Joseph Tawadros Quartet
“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
Joseph Tawadros is established as one of the world’s leading oud performers and composers. A virtuoso of diversity and sensitivity, Joseph performs in concert halls worldwide and is known for his brilliant technique, deep musicianship and joyous style of performance.
The Aria award winning Joseph Tawadros Quartet features distinguished Sydney musicians, each a leader in his own field: Matt McMahon (piano), Karl Dunnicliff (double bass) and brother James Tawadros on percussion.
The quartet is held together by the strength of Joseph’s original works, incorporating fusion, taking inspiration from the Arabic modal system (maqam) and blending them seamlessly with elements of western classical, jazz, world, folk and even metal and bluegrass.
From thrilling and furiously paced numbers to beautifully introspective and tranquil tracks, it is woven together by Joseph’s trademark virtuosity and lyricism and the striking contemporary musicality of his oud.
“Tawadros would be hard pressed to assemble more sympathetic musicians than pianist Matt McMahon, percussionist James Tawadros and bassist Karl Dunnicliff … the playing of all was nuanced, precise and sparkling with invention and energy.” – John Shand SMH