Elder Hall, North Tce, Adelaide
For this very special concert Joseph joins three of Australia’s finest virtuosos; his prodigiously talented brother James Tawadros on percussion (req), celebrated jazz pianist Matt McMahon and soulful clarinetist Dimitri Vouros in a concert for the ten year anniversary of their much loved and award-winning ANGEL suite.
The ANGEL suite will be performed along with a number of new compositions.
“When Angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of their wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove, but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts.”
— Mary Baker Eddy
About the artists
Joseph Tawadros, oud
“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 NEWSPAPER
At 33, Joseph Tawadros is established as one of the world’s leading oud performers and composers. A virtuoso of diversity and sensitivity, Joseph performs in concert halls worldwide and is known for his brilliant technique, deep musicianship and joyous style of performance.
His drive to push musical boundaries has led to many collaborations with significant performers and a solid repertoire of innovative, original music. He has recorded 14 albums – Storyteller, Rouhani, Visions, Epiphany, Angel, The Prophet: Music Inspired by the Poetry of Kahlil Gibran, The Hour of Separation, Band of Brothers, Concerto of the Greater Sea, Chameleons of the White Shadow, Permission to Evaporate, Truth Seekers, Lovers and Warriors, World Music and his latest offering Live At Abbey Road. Joseph has received 12 nominations and won three ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014 for Best World Music Album.
Matt McMahon, piano
Matt McMahon is an Australian jazz pianist and composer. Winning the ‘Wangaratta National Jazz Piano Award’ in 1999, and the ‘Freedman Jazz Fellowship’ in 2005 established his place in Australian jazz. In 2010 his trio supported the Wayne Shorter Quartet at Sydney Opera House. Additionally he has played or recorded with many known jazz artists including Dale Barlow, Greg Osby, Phil Slater, Joseph Tawadros, Katie Noonan, Dave Panichi and Steve Hunter.
Three of the CDs he recorded with Joseph Tawadros won the Australian Recording Industry Award for the best New World Music Album.
In 2014, McMahon leads his own band ‘The Matt McMahon Trio’ with bassist Jonathan Brown and drummer Simon Barker, and co-leads the “Band of Five Names” with trumpeter Phil Slater and drummer Simon Barker. He is the musical director for Australian jazz vocalist and trumpeter Vince Jones. He has performed at music festivals in Australia and Asia, including the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and JazzNow Festival. In 2014 he teaches in the jazz department at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
James Tawadros, req
Regular collaborator and brother of Joseph and a complete virtuosi on the req (Arabic tambourine).
Dimitri Vouros, clarinet
Another regular collaborator with Joseph and talented multi-instrumentalist.