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Spicing it up: Joe Tawadros

Posted on 15 Jan 2015 by Neall Kriete

Joe Tawadros

Our favourite oud player, three-time Aria Award–winning Joe Tawadros will bring some spice to the ACO when he joins the ensemble in February for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. He recently tore himself away from recording his next album to answer a couple of questions. 

If you could have dinner with any person (dead or alive) who would you choose?Liam Neeson

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Just ask.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
A set of skills acquired over many years.

Which book do you think everybody should read?
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A composer for the famous Egyptian Diva Oum Kalsoum – she unfortunately died in the 70s.

What do you owe your parents?
$7.50 :)

What is your worst habit?
Planning recordings last minute.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Liam Neeson

If you could only perform the music of one composer for the rest of your life, who would it be?
I think I’m doing that already :)

What attracts you to working with Richard Tognetti and the ACO?
The energy, enthusiasm and professionalism of RT and the ensemble. It is also extra special because the music-making is based on a long friendship (have been performing with ACO for nearly 15 years), mutual respect and the genuine love we have for what we do. That’s why it’s always so special every time we create a new program and share notes on stage … I think the audience pick up on that too.


The Four Seasons

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons has undergone many reincarnations since it was first played by the talented orphans of the Ospedale della Pietà in 18th-century Venice. Now, Richard Tognetti and Joseph Tawadros bring their own blend of musical alchemy to this program, reminding us that Venice is barely a day’s sail from Cairo.
Almost 300 years after Vivaldi penned the Four Seasons, Joseph Tawadros brings the sounds of the near east to Australia with a selection of original works.