Joseph Tawadros oud
Despite being just 31, Joseph Tawadros has already achieved great success. His last two albums, Chameleons of the White Shadows and Concerto of the Greater Sea took out ARIAs. Every single one of his albums has been nominated for ARIA recognition. He blends and blurs musical tradition and crosses genres and the end result is magical. He has recorded, composed for and performed with many of the biggest international jazz and classical artists including jazz luminaries Béla Fleck, Richard Bona, Joey DeFrancesco, Roy Ayers, Howard Johnson, and Jean-Louis Matinie, John Abercrombie, John Patitucci, and Jack DeJohnette, and tabla master Zakir Hussain, sarangi master Sultan Khan, and Camerata Salzburg. Australian artists with whom he has performed and recorded are Richard Tognetti and the ACO, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, Neil Finn, William Barton, Lior, The Song Company, and Katie Noonan. Joseph continues to create modern platforms for one of the world’s oldest instruments, remaining true to its soul while pairing it with unlikely accents including a Hammond Organ, a Vibraphone, an Accordion, a Tuba, a Banjo and an Electric Bass.
He is the winner of the 2014 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Award for Arts and Culture. He was a popular choice as a NSW Finalist in this year’s Young Australian of the Year. He has been named as one of Sydney’s top 100 Most Influential. The youngest recipient of the very prestigious Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music (2006), Joseph is the only oud player to play a seven-string oud, an achievement celebrated through the Joseph Tawadros Signature Series Oud by Master Oud Maker Luthier Veysel Sarikus. Joseph is a powerful example of the Australian migration story. His parents, Nabil and Rose, chose to adopt Australia as their home in 1986 when Joseph was just 2, fleeing the persecution of Coptic Orthodox Christians in Egypt. His personal story is multi faceted – a musical game changer who blurs boundaries; a migrant success story founded on breathtaking talent and a larrikin sense of humour. Joseph also composes music for film, theatre and TV. He holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours from UNSW with a pioneering analysis on advanced techniques and applications in oud playing.