Join us for an unforgettable evening in which traditional Arabic music meets jazz and folk in this celebration of the evocative voice of the oud—the ancient Middle-Eastern lute. Aged only 34, Joseph Tawadros AM — Oud Virtuoso and Composer
is a world-renowned oud player and composer. This solo performance will feature improvisations and own music by the artist, along with more traditional pieces.
A virtuoso of diversity and sensitivity, he is a leading presence in the world’s top concert platforms. In 2018, Joseph performed in Australia and Japan with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He made his debut at the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms Dubai and a solo oud recital with original music for the BBC Proms at London’s Cadogan Hall. Indeed, he is the first world music artist to present a solo concert of original contemporary music for the Proms.
This event, organised in partnership with The Arab British Centre is part of the series 2019 Converging Paths, brought to you by Asia House and The Barakat Trust. Click here to see other events of the same series.
— About Joseph Tawadros:
Born in Cairo, and a resident of Sydney since he was 3 years old, Joseph was nominated for ‘Young Australian of the Year’ in 2014, received the NSW Premier’s medal for ‘Arts and Culture’ in the same year, and was awarded an ‘Order of Australia Medal’ (AM) for his services to music and composition in 2016. His recording catalogue of 14 albums has received four ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards — across 2012-2014 for ‘Best World Music Album’ — and as a contributor to Ali’s Wedding soundtrack album in 2017. His discs have been nominated a further 12 times.
Joseph is acknowledged for expanding the oud’s notoriety in mainstream western culture and has toured extensively, headlining in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East. He has collaborated with jazz, classical and world musicians such as Ivry Gitlis, Valeriy Sokolov, Béla Fleck, John Abercrombie, John Patitucci, Jack DeJohnette, Richard Bona, Roy Ayers, Joey DeFrancesco, Howard Johnson, Jean Louis Matinier amongst many more, and has performed and recorded with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and West Australian Symphony orchestras, Morphing Chamber Orchestra and the Ukraine National Chamber Orchestra in Kyiv.
— This event is part of the series Converging Paths, a year-long series of events curated for 2019, and organised in partnership by Asia House and The Barakat Trust. With this series we aim to engage audiences in challenging cultural misconceptions about the Islamic world, building bridges between communities and highlighting the importance of the arts of that region. We aim to provide wider access, combining digital platforms and curated cultural programmes that appeal to adults and families. Click here to see other events in the Converging Paths series.
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