Shamou's music career began at an early age in his native, Iran where he also studied and performed with the Iranian National Ballet as a dancer. He began his formal music training in Tehran, studied with teachers from the Royal College of Music in London, and completed his training at Berklee College of Music in Boston, earning a Bachelor of Music degree.
He is known for his collaborative work with the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Co., Mark Morris Dance Company, ODC /San Francisco, San Francisco Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, David Dorfman Dance, Boston Dance Collective, and Prometheus Dance Company among others. As a composer he has created original scores for numerous companies and choreographers, including NY2Dance, FJK Dance, Sacramento Ballet, ODC Dance Jam, Prometheus Dance Company, Stephan Koplowitz, Robert Moses, Judith Smith/AXIS, and many others during residencies at the Bates Dance Festival. He has collaborated with emerging African choreographers during a choreographers’ workshop at Ecole des Sables in Senegal. He has created scores for Christal Brown’s Liquid Strength training video project and Cathy Young’s Jazz Pedagogy project.
Since 1990 he has taught hand drumming, percussion, music for dance, and body music across the country and abroad in a wide variety of settings, at Harvard and Boston University; Bates, Bowdoin and Wellesley colleges; and high school and college dance festivals, including the Bates Dance Festival. He has been a member of the Maine Arts Commission’s Artist Access Program and the New England States Touring Roster of the New England Foundation for the Arts.
Shamou has contributed music to numerous CD compilations and has released his own solo CDs entitled Spirits Dance, Traces, Nebulae, and Shodjah with his former band by the same name, and Live at CCE with his latest ensemble, Loopin’.