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Mohammed Fairouz: Follow, poetFollow, Poet:  Deutsche Grammophon debut by acclaimed American composer Mohammed Fairouz continues to captivate listeners and critics alike

Public Radio’s On Being propels Follow, Poet to #1 Amazon & #3 iTunes Classical album charts respectively; its message of the importance of language resonating with listeners across the country 

MSNBC’s Morning Joe appearance confirmed for May 7th 

Captivating” New York Times       “Gripping” AllMusic.com         “Glorious” Opera News 


May, 5, 2015 (NEW YORK, NY) – Follow, Poet, the January 27, 2015 Deutsche Grammophon debut release of music by the American composer Mohammed Fairouz has met with broad critical acclaim, having been called “captivating,” by the New York Times and receiving “highbrow and brilliant” distinctions in New York magazine’s taste-making Approval Matrix. On April 30, Mohammed Fairouz appeared on public radio’s On Being with Krista Tippett in a fascinating dialogue about the intersection of the arts and statecraft and the existential importance of poetry.  The interview has catapulted the album to the Top 5 of both Amazon and iTunes Classical Charts, following its Top 5 debut on Billboard’s Classical Traditional chart in February.  Fairouz is also slated to appear on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this Thursday, May 7th.
 
Follow, Poet, which launched Universal Music Classics’ Return to Language series, includes two works that exalt the transformative power of language: his elegiac song cycle Audenesque which sets verse by the great 20th-century English poet W.H. Auden and late Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney, and the ballet Sadat in which the composer evokes in an instrumental work the stirring life-story of slain Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. Produced by David Frost, Follow, Poet features the New York City chamber orchestra Ensemble LPR conducted by Evan Rogister with mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey.
 
Woven among Fairouz’s works are readings of the Auden and Heaney by Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon. Opening the album, and setting the tone, we hear John F. Kennedy from one of his less-well-known speeches, including this: “When power leads man to toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concerns, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.”
 
The Return to Language series was conceived by Universal Music Classics president/CEO Elizabeth Sobol, a lifelong lover of literature. “I believe in cultivating a respect and love for depth of language and reflection and expression, even in the age of Twitter and YouTube when some of that seems in danger of being eroded,” she says. “And it has always been the interrelatedness of literature and music that has touched me most deeply in art – the exponential power of storytelling when you join words and music.”
 
Fairouz, who is the youngest composer to have an entire album of works recorded for Deutsche Grammophon in the label’s 115 year history, writes in his liner note for Follow, Poet: “At a time when the search for meaning has never been more critical, it seems to me that a return to language, to a respect in the way we treat each other with and through language is the first step in solving some of the problems of human communication and understanding that are manifest in conflicts from the Middle East to the halls of the U.S. Congress to the unchecked vitriol sounding on ‘social’ media.” 

For more about Mohammed Fairouz, visit http://mohammedfairouz.com/.
 
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Rebecca Davis
Rebecca Davis Public Relations
Rebecca@rebeccadavispr.com
347-432-8832
 
 
 
 
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