Joseph Tawadros (with James Tawadros)

London based, Egyptian born 0ud virtuoso and triple ARIA Award winner, Joseph Tawadros, and his percussionist brother James possess dazzling technique on beautiful traditional instruments, including the oud – an Arabic lute, the Req – an Egyptian tambourine and the Bendir – a frame-drum.

After performing at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne and Darwin, the Tawadros brothers are performing for Bellingen’s Fine Music Festival audience. Joseph Tawadros is one of Australian music’s most impressive and charismatic figures: a composer, improviser, storyteller and a brilliant exponent of the oud, the Egyptian lute.

Classically trained on this king of Middle Eastern instruments, Tawadros’s virtuoso technique and curiosity have brought him into contact with the worlds of jazz, classical and world traditions to create music that transcends labels and shatters borders. The almost telepathic rapport with his brother James, on percussion, often leads to moments of joyous spontaneous invention, making their performances true musical events. 

“One of the most impressive musicians to emerge in Australia … with a dazzling technique dispensing hair-raising tempos… His writing displays a real depth of emotion … revelling in a zest for life and celebration.” (The Australian)