Joseph Tawadros and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra release a new album, Live at the Sydney Opera House, on ABC Classic tomorrow, June 12.
Recorded in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Joseph Tawadros performs with James Tawadros playing Egyptian percussion and Benjamin Northey conducting the entire ensemble. The album features the world premiere of Tawadros’ own Concerto for Oud and Orchestra alongside works from throughout his career. It is also Tawadros’ first album with a full symphony orchestra, intersecting east and west, tradition and innovation and showcasing the extraordinary textures of the oud against the rich and complex textures of the orchestra’s diverse sounds.
Oud virtuoso Tawadros is a composer, improviser and storyteller, who has won four ARIA Awards with 12 further nominations, reflecting 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 uniquely original pieces.
1CD + Digital album | Available 12 June 2020 | ABC 481 9241
The tracks: Jospeh Tawadros 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