This DIY visionary is a multi-talented international artist with lofty goals. December 2016 Hot 100 artist Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi utilizes art and music, in various mediums, to address important issues, such as love, unity, peace and even social and geopolitical concerns.
Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi is a world music maestro, composer, music producer, sound engineer, videographer and inventor (with five patents). At eight years of age, he started learning music. At 18, he began his higher education in four different fields: Information Technology, Music Composition, Sound Engineering and Video Production.
While studying in a multicultural environment in Cyprus, he observed artistically talented people from different cultures. That inspired him to create a media program—designed in an artistic form––to accommodate diverse skills and talents. The idea was to form a team of artists committed to using music and the performing arts to create a positive impact on their community. The result was Intercontinental Concerts.
Through Intercontinental Concerts he produced live shows, several recordings and a short film, The Fellowship of EMU. But he didn’t do it alone…he got over 100 people from 17 different nations to contribute to the project.
The motive behind his unrelenting drive and activity is his belief that the most appalling conflicts, like discrimination, violence and war stem from the failure of getting to know each other.
“Nothing breaks down barriers like making friends,” he says. “It is hard to hate when you understand one another, and realize that even though you come from different cultures all people fundamentally want the same things.”