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Australian oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros wins prestigious music award for latest album

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The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), Joseph Tawadros and The Vampires featuring Chris Abrahams, have all taken home the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) music awards for best albums at the annual ceremony held on 15 November.

Following his incredibly successful UK tour this year, oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros won Best World Music Album for To Those Who Come Before Us. This win marked his fourth consecutive victory in this category, a testament to his mastery of the oud and his unique blend of traditional Arabic taqasim and innovative improvisation. Tawadros’s achievement was further highlighted as his 2012 album, Concerto Of The Greater Sea, was also inducted into the Sounds Of Australia registry. He expressed gratitude on social media, acknowledging the influence and support of those who guided his musical journey.

The ACO clinched the Best Classical Album award for Indies & Idols, featuring music by indie icons Jonny Greenwood, Bryce Dessner, and Sufjan Stevens, paired with composers Witold Lutosławski and Krzysztof Penderecki. This album traverses a century of musical evolution, blending melody with avant-garde influences.

The Vampires, a Sydney-based jazz quartet, garnered the Best Jazz Album accolade for The Nightjar, marking their return post-pandemic with Chris Abrahams of The Necks. This group, known for their extensive tours in Australia and Europe, showcased their evolution in this celebrated album.

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