Shamou, Portland, 2009

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Shamou, Portland, 2009

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“Music has no boundaries,” says Shamou, who has crossed quite a few geographical ones since leaving his native Iran as a teenager determined to become a musician in America. Having performed from coast to coast, in venues from schools to Las Vegas casinos, he finally settled in Maine.

Shamou started feeling the pull of visiting his homeland of Iran in 2009; but he does not pine over the loss of his culture as some immigrants do, perhaps because he has stayed connected to it through music: “It’s a unifying force wherever you go in the world,” he says.

Shamou immigrated to Maine from Iran and as of 2017 is a musician, composer, and dancer in Portland.

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  • Title: Shamou, Portland, 2009
  • Creator: Jan Pieter Van Voorst Van Beest
  • Creation Date: 2009
  • Subject Date: 2017
  • Locations:
    • Portland, Cumberland County, ME
    • Iran
  • Media: Digital photograph
  • Object Type: Image

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