Collaboration three: The artists

Mohammed Fairouz

Mohammed Fairouz

Mohammed Fairouz, from New York, is one of the most frequently performed composers of his generation.

Mohammed Fairouz's music excerpts

Used in episode three of Collaboration Culture

  • Akhenaten, performed by Houston Composers Orchestra, Foundation for Modern Music conducted by Clifton Evans. Cello soloist Adaiha Macadam-Somer
  • Tahrir, performed by clarinettist David Krakauer, with Ensemble 212, conducted by Yoon Jae Lee
  • Memorial Day, by Young New Yorkers Chorus, directed by Michael Kerschner, with Ensemble 212 conducted by Yoon Jae Lee, with singers David Kravitz and Rachel Calloway
  • Lullaby, by singer Rachel Calloway, clarinettist David Krakauer and Ensemble 212 conducted by Yoon Jae Lee
  • Rounds, performed by Rachel Barton Pine

Aged 26, he has written numerous orchestral and operatic works which straddle both Eastern and Western influences, and draw on his Arab-American roots.

His music has been performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Centre and internationally throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

In 2008 Fairouz was honoured with a national citation from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington DC for outstanding achievement in artistry and scholarship.

He is no stranger to intriguing collaborations, having worked in the past with celebrated Arabic poets and most recently, the Irish literary giant Seamus Heaney. When asked to take part in the Collaboration Culture series, he revealed a lifelong desire to work with a Bollywood-style dancer.

Shakti Mohan

Shakti Mohan

An experiment in creativity

Collaboration Culture
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  • It pairs up 14 creative people from around the world to work together on a project
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Shakti Mohan is a huge star in India.

Based in Mumbai, she won a nationwide television talent show called Dance India Dance in 2010.

Her natural and elegant style impressed the judges, who were all top Bollywood choreographers and performers.

Trained in both traditional and contemporary Indian dance, Mohan is also influenced by Western culture and performance techniques, making hers a cross-cultural dance fusion.

Recently she has been acting in an Indian soap opera, but left her role upon winning a scholarship to further her dance studies.


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