6. THE TAWADROS BROTHERS IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT
The hour of separation is fast approaching, when music lovers will leave the humdrum and mundane world of the daily grind behind and head to the Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival which opens on Friday, November 2.
Ausjazz blog’s sixth festival highlight for 2012 is the Joseph Tawadros Jazz Project, featuring Egyptian-born oud player Joseph with his brother James on percussion using a tambourine-like instrument called the req, which he makes sound like a drum kit, and a bendir (frame drum).
This concert will provide a different perspective on the Tawadros brothers, who their critically acclaimed album The Hour of Separation were joined by John Abercrombie on electric guitar, John Patitucci on double bass and Jack Dejohnette on drums. The brothers will be newcomers to the Wangaratta stage.
Joseph has released eight albums, all nominated for ARIA Awards, has won five Limelight Awards and is a recipient of the Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music.
At Wangaratta the Tawadros brothers will play jazz, in a quartet with Steve Hunter on bass and Matt McMahon on piano.
Performance: Sunday, November 4 at 8:30pm, WPAC Theatre
Andra Jackson wrote about the Tawadros brothers in a recent article entitled From ancient strings, a new mood for the oud
Awards are in the air and it’s fantastic to hear that some of Ausjazz blog’s favourite albums have been listed. In the ARIA list is a real favourite, Joe Chindamo’s take on Coen brothers’ music. It is frequently on the playlist. And Joseph Tawadros is another that deserves plaudits, though Ausjazz has not managed to squeeze in a review yet.
2010 ARIA Awards Nominations
Best Jazz Album
Dick & Christa Hughes – Twenty First Century Blues (ABC Music)
James Morrison & The Idea Of North – Feels Like Spring (ABC Jazz)
Joe Chindamo – Another Place Some Other Time (Jazzhead/MGM)
Joseph Tawadros – The Hour of Separation (Independent/Planet)
The Necks – Silverwater (Fish of Milk/Shock)
As for The Jagermeister Independent Music Awards, there are some ripper albums in the jazz list. Joe Chindamo’s is there again, along with Mike Nock’s superb subtleties and Al Browne’s beautiful journey into hell. And Stu Hunter’s suite deserves a gathering.
I have yet to obtain Jonathan Zwartz’s The Sea, but it won a Bell Award for Best Jazz Ensemble of the Year.
The Browne and Hunter suites will be among the Wangaratta Jazz highlights this year.
THE JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS
will be at The Forum Theatre, Melbourne (Australia) and Joe is performing. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are $29 + BF, through Ticketmaster!
Best independent jazz album nominees include:
Allan Browne Quintet – Une Saison En Enfer (Jazzhead)
Joe Chindamo – Another Place, Some other Time (Jazzhead)
Jonathan Zwartz – The Sea (Vitamin)
Mike Nock – An Accumulation of Subtleties (FWM)
Stu Hunter – The Gathering (Vitamin)
Congratulations to the musicians on being nominated. It is some recognition of the hard work musicians put in, though of course that does not guarantee award nominations.
CD cover to come
SIX pieces from an unplanned live recording during Wanderlust’s second visit, in 2004, to Villa Celimontana jazz festival make up this fifth album.
Guests Joseph Tawadros (oud) and former band member Adam Armstrong (acoustic bass) join leader/composer Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet, flugelhorn), James Greening (trombone, didgeridoo), Alister Spence (piano, keyboards) and Fabian Hevia (drums) in a selection from the repertoire of the past 15 years.
Apart from Spence’s Samba Nova, all are Bukovsky compositions that have featured on the band’s self-titled CD or on Song and Dance, albeit in much shorter forms.
Fortunately sound engineer Daniele Di Giovani pressed the record button. The oud and didgeridoo add significant atmosphere and, freed from studio constraints, the players produce inspired, compelling music.
Highlights are haunting Dakar, vivacious Bronte Cafe, the interplay of Pressure Makes Diamonds and gentle elegance of MDD.
DOWNLOAD: Bronte Cafe
FILE BETWEEN: The Catholics, Pete La Roca
Review by ROGER MITCHELL