The Wizard of Oud; Joseph Tawadros Is a Leading Figure on One of the More Interesting but Beautiful Sounding Musical Instruments on the Circuit

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The Wizard of Oud; Joseph Tawadros Is a Leading Figure on One of the More Interesting but Beautiful Sounding Musical Instruments on the Circuit


Byline: Lesley Apps lesley.apps@dailyexaminer.com.au

The credentials continue

The youngest recipient of the esteemed Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music, Joseph Tawadros has won five ABC Limelight Awards and recorded 11 ARIA-nominated albums to date, with the three most recent winning 'Best World Music Album' at the Australian Recording Industry Awards (ARIAs). Chameleons of the White Shadow, the result of his 2013 collaboration with world-renowned artists Bela Fleck, Richard Bona and Roy Ayers, received a five-star review in The Australian as "a musical dialogue of the highest order ... consummate musicianship". The preceding disc, The Hour of Separation, recorded with US guitar legend John Abercrombie earned rave reviews from jazz, classical and world music reviewers both here and abroad.

As a composer, Joseph has written for film (documentaries The last days of Yasser Arafat, Haneen, I Remember 1948), for theatre (The Gates of Egypt) and for animations by artist Michael Roseth. His music has also featured in television series Paper Giants, East West 101, and Australian feature film The Last Ride.

WHETHER you are a fan of the oud or wouldn't know one if you fell over it, Australia's leading exponent in mastering its strains is Joseph Tawadros and he is on his way to the Saraton Theatre this Sunday to demonstrate why he is rated among the world's best exponents of the instrument.

A three-time ARIA winner, Tawadros has played alongside artists like Neil Finn and Katie Noonan.

He has also performed extensively in Australia and in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East at festivals such as WOMAD, Sarajevo Jazz Festival, Inntone Jazz Festival (Austria), The Bimhuis and Music Meeting (Netherlands).

His most recent performances include tours with The Song Company, the Sydney, West Australian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Rajasthan International Folk Festival and European tours with French accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier.

He completed his latest tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra on Monday and said he is looking forward to now bringing his trio to some smaller regional venues.

"It is a real blessing and privilege to be able to do all of this," the Cairo born musician said.

"When I was growing up learning the oud I never thought this would be option but I enjoyed playing it and luckily the avenues just started to open up for me. …

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