Shamou Mou'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 Bachelors Degree in Music. SHAMOU is known for his collaborative work with dancers including the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Co., Mark Morris Dance Company, NY2 Dance, ODC /San Francisco, San Francisco Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Boston Dance Collective, and Prometheus Dance Company, among others. Since 1990, SHAMOU has taught hand drumming, percussion, music for dance, and body music across the country in a wide variety of settings, including Harvard and Boston Universities, Wellesley College, high school and college dance festivals across the country, including the Bates Dance Festival, and public and private schools in New England. As a composer he has created original scores for new works by NY2 Dance, Sacramento Ballet, ODC Dance Jam, The Lab Project, Prometheus Dance Company, and for choreographers Stephan Koplowitz, Robert Moses, Judith Smith/AXIS, Jose Antonio Hevia, Rachel Boggia, Lucky Kele, and Michel Kouakou during residencies at the Bates Dance Festival. He has also created scores for Christal Brown’s Liquid Strength training video project and Cathy Young’s Jazz Pedagogy project.