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Spotlight on Joseph Tawadros


Hailed as “one of the most impressive musicians to emerge in Australia”, the internationally renowned and triple ARIA Award-winning oud performer and composer, Joseph Tawadros returns to Riverside in February with his talented quartet, including jazz pianist Matt McMahon, bassist Karl Dunnicliff and his brother James Tawadros on req (Egyptian percussion).

At just 32 years of age, Joseph is a virtuoso of amazing diversity and sensitivity who continues to dazzle audiences with his brilliant technique, passionate musicianship and joyous style of performance. Joseph was admitted as a member in the general division of the Order of Australia for his services to music on Australia Day this year.

Always willing to push the boundaries and challenge traditional musical forms and rhythms, his efforts have led him to many unique collaborations. Truth Seekers, Lovers and Warriors, his twelfth album, follows on from Storyteller, Rouhani, Visions, Epiphany, Angel, The Prophet: Music Inspired by the Poetry of Kahlil Gibran, The Hour of Separation, Band of Brothers, Concerto of the Greater Sea, Chameleons of the White Shadow and Permission to Evaporate – the last three of which won Best World Music Album at the ARIA Awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively. A rare hat-trick.

A resident of Australia since 1986, Joseph has been responsible for expanding the Oud’s notoriety in mainstream Western culture and has also been recognized in the Arab world, being invited to appear on the judging panel of the Damascus International Oud competition in 2009, and he has taken part in Istanbul’s first Oud festival in 2010.

Joseph has toured extensively, headlining in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East, and has collaborated with artists such as Zakir Hussain, Sultan Khan, Béla Fleck, John Abercrombie, John Patitucci, Jack DeJohnette, Richard Bona, Roy Ayers, Joey DeFrancesco, Howard Johnson, Jean-Louis Matinier, Ivry Gitlis, Camerata Salzburg, Christian Lindberg, Neil Finn, Katie Noonan, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra amongst many others. He has also had guest appearances with the Sydney, Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras.

In 2014 was nominated for the Young Australian of the Year awards and was a part of the final 4 nominees for NSW, as well as receiving the Premiers Medal for Arts and Culture in the same year.

Last year saw him tour as guest soloist with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra in a shared program of 8 of his original compositions and the Music of Vivaldi. The same program was also performed with the Academy of Ancient Music in London, making Joseph the first and only Australian Composer to have his music performed by this prestigious orchestra.

In addition, Joseph’s original music featured in Riverside’s production of Shellshock in 2015. This included his latest album Truth Seekers, Lovers and Warriors, which was a creative response to the Centenary of Anzac and featured his brother James on Arabic percussion instruments req and bendir, James Crabb on the accordian, James Greening on trombone and Matt Mahon on the piano.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to experience Joseph Tawadros performing with his quartet at Riverside Theatres Sunday 28 February at 3pm. Tickets on sale now!


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