You’d have to say that Joseph Tawadros is one of Australia’s most impressive musicians, iA master of the oud, a Middle Eastern lute, Joseph’s dazzling technique and hair raising tempos are matched by his brother James Tawadros, who creates effervescent percussion on what appear the simplest of instruments. Rounding out the trio is one of Australia’s finest jazz pianists, Matt McMahon.
“It’s hard to think of any Australian musician but Joseph who, by the age of 30, has been featured by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, recognised in the Arab world and who has also delighted legions of jazz and world music fans internationally” says Gary Daley, artistic director of Live at the Village.
The youngest recipient of the prestigious Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music, Joseph Tawadros has won five consecutive Limelight awards for Best World Music album and also been nominated for eight ARIA awards. A few months ago Joseph completed a seven city tour with The Song Company presenting The Prophet, based on the writings of Kahil Gibran. Then a major tour through Europe where he thrilled audiences and further consolidated his international reputation.
In intimate concerts with his Trio, Joseph’s between songs chat brings an extra element.
As Daley says, “Joseph is a very funny guy, an entertainer.”
This year, a review of the Joseph Tawadros Trio by the renowned music critic John Shand wrote; “Heal was a lament that would make concrete weep. Reason and Passion exemplified just how explicitly the oud bridges east and west, sounding variously like a koto, a sitar, a European lute and a guitar.” Sydney Morning Herald
The Tawadros brothers are from a musical family, Joseph being three years old when his family migrated from Cairo in the mid 1980s. Now recognised worldwide he has performed with many celebrated artists including Zakir Hussain, John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Neil Finn, Katie Noonan, Lior, sarangi master Sultan Khan and Camerata Salzburg, to name a few.
Tickets: $35 – $25 concession. From the Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood or phone the Shop 4751 5171