frequently performed, commissioned,
and recorded composers of his
generation, melding Middle-Eastern
music and poetry with Western
structures to deeply expressive effect.
Native Informant, written for leading
international soloist Rachel Barton
Pine, embodies Arabic fiddling motifs
as well as songful excitement,
underpinned by a lament for the
victims of the Egyptian Revolution.
The lullaby Tahwidah and the song
cycle Posh evoke tenderness and loss,
whilst Jebel Lebnan was commissioned
by the Imani Winds and musically
chronicles events from the Lebanese
Civil War and their effect on the
current face of Lebanon.
Native Informant, the Naxos American Classics new release of Fairouz' compositions, shows an effective hybrid of influences, incorporating Fairouz' international heritage with an accessibility that immediately engages the listener. --Steven Bergman - Edge, April 2013
The first sound you hear on 'Native Informant', the striking new Naxos CD of music by Arab American composer Mohammed Fairouz (born 1985) is the plaintive clarinet of David Krakauer, one of the brilliant players of the modern Klezmer music. The piece is 'Tahwidah' (lullaby) and the text comes from a poem by Palestinian writer Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008) - when soprano Mellissa Hughes adds her voice, the piece builds in emotion and intensity. Throughout the remainder of the CD, one often hears emotion, intensity, and sadness. Much of this music is informed by the composer's trip to Lebanon, once the 'jewel' of the Middle East, now a trampled ground of hopes, casualties, dreams deferred or denied. --Step Tempest, Richard Kamin, April 2013