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Joseph Tawadros / James Tawadros

Live at the Sydney Opera House (CD)

Joseph Tawadros and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra embark upon an extraordinary journey on their new album, Live at the Sydney Opera House.



Tawadros is one of Australian music’s most impressive and colourful characters, a composer, improviser and storyteller who has won four ARIA Awards (with a further 12 nominations) over the course of a fascinating and wide-ranging career. Tawadros has taken the unique sound and qualities of the oud – a Middle Eastern lute – and adapted it to the worlds of jazz, classical and world music to create unique and compelling original music.

Recorded live in concert in June 2019, this album features the world premiere of Tawadros’ own Concerto for Oud and Orchestra alongside works from throughout his career. It also marks the first time that Tawadros has released an album with a full symphony orchestra, demonstrating both the extraordinary textures of the oud itself as well as its rich and complex interactions with the orchestra’s many instruments.

The result is a thrilling album, cinematic in scope and full of drama. At times meditative and at others exhilarating, it stands at the crossroads of East and West, of tradition and innovation, this is an album unlike anything you have ever heard before.

Concerto for Oud and Orchestra Orch. Jessica Wells *

1. I. [Fast]
2. II. [Slow]
3. III. [Fast]
4. We Are Memories
5. Permission to Evaporate Arr. Jules Buckley
6. Love Is Work Made Visible
7. Eye of the Beholder Arr. Jules Buckley
8. Riqq Taqasim
9. Bluegrass Nikriz Arr. Guy Barker
10. Constellation
11. Point of Departure Arr. Joseph Tawadros / Richard Tognetti
12. Constantinople Arr. Jules Buckley

Recorded live in concert in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Joseph Tawadros oud
James Tawadros Egyptian percussion
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey conductor