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Music By The Sea believes that ART is essential for the wellbeing of the community


Music By The Sea Concert Series 2015


First Saturday each month


1st August, 7:30pm, Sandgate Town Hall


Joseph Tawadros (oud) and James Tawadros (percussion)




Internationally renowned oud virtuoso and composer, Joseph Tawadros is a triple ARIA winner for ‘Best World Music Album’ – for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Touring regularly to jazz and world music festivals of Europe, collaborating with artists such as Béla Fleck, Lior, Christian McBride, Mike Stern and Richard Tognetti, Joseph’s unique compositions and virtuosity on the oud cross western and middle-eastern classical, jazz and folk genres. With his brother, James Tawadros on percussion, the brothers perform works from their ARIA awardwinning albums - ‘Permission to Evaporate’ hailed in The Australian as “a masterpiece” – and his acclaimed new release, ‘Truth Seekers, Lovers and Warriors’.


Joseph’s unique compositions and spectacular virtuosity have not only increased the Oud’s presence in mainstream culture, but earned him recognition in the Arab world, as a guest of the Damascus International Oud Competition and Istanbul’s inaugural Oud festival.




“If genius is partly exceeding all likelihood of a given potential, then James Tawadros was flirting with genius as he played the req, a small tambourine. He extracted an array of sounds, textures and rhythms to shame most kit-drummers.” – Sydney Morning Herald


At just 26 years old, ARIA award-winner James Tawadros has made a name for himself as a world-class percussionist and soloist. His main instrument is the req’, a small hand held tambourine, traditionally with skin covering and five pairs of cymbals. James’ unique innovative style and mastery of the req - his dexterity, rhythmic variety and virtuosity - has brought him acclaim worldwide. He has performed internationally with many celebrated artists and regularly accompanies his brother Joseph in concert. In 2004, at just 15 years of age James featured as youngest ever guest soloist with the ACO and 2006 took part in their national tour ‘The Travellers’, featuring the Tawadros brothers. Career highlights as soloist include orchestral tours with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg, as well as a duet recording with legendary jazz drummer, Jack DeJohnette (of Miles Davis fame) for the album The Hour of Separation which also featured jazz luminaries John Abercrombie and John Patitucci.