Joseph Tawadros at the Hub in Springwood

Joseph Tawadros and his oud: Playing at Blue Mountains Theatre on June 14.
Joseph Tawadros and his oud: Playing at Blue Mountains Theatre on June 14.

On Friday June 14, the Blue Mountains Theatre will welcome back one of Australia's most impressive and charismatic musicians, the multi-award winning composer and virtuoso player of the oud (Egyptian lute), Joseph Tawadros.

Tawadros has proven to be a firm favourite with Mountains audiences. On stage, he is more than just a brilliant musician, he is an engaging and articulate storyteller with quick humour and astute observations.

His music has brought middle-eastern, classical and contemporary jazz together seamlessly to create music that transcends labels and shatters borders. He is considered by peers and music critics to be a truly original performer and an innovative composer.

Born in Cairo and raised in Sydney, Tawadros has recorded 14 albums of original music with 14 Aria nominations and four Aria awards.

He has performed at prestigious venues around the world and with acclaimed orchestras and a range of diverse collaborators.

He shares an almost telepathic rapport with his band members: brother James, a percussionist, bassist Karl Dunnicliff and jazz pianist Matt McMahon, leading to moments of joyous spontaneous invention.

Joseph Tawadros Quartet is on Friday, June 14, at 8pm at Blue Mountains Theatre, 106 Macquarie Road, Springwood.

Tickets $39/$36 at the box office, on 4723 5050 or online at www.bluemountainstheatre.com.