Hussein's compositions explore the sonic intersections amonst peoples, the self, the Divine, nature, cities and spaces to understand ourselves differently and engage meaningfully in plural encounters. Hussein considers music compositions a pathway for inquiry, search and transformation. His compositions draw on life experiences and music from his own diverse background. Rooted in diverse sonic heritage he utilizes contemporary techniques to write music with universal appeal that all people, regardless of their backgrounds might be able to connect with. Hussein believes that it is through this connection that a common heart emerges awakening the possiblity of humanity mingling peacefully with each other and creation.
Hussein's professional work in music composition seeks to apply contemporary techniques to create a 'liminal space" where we can feel safe to mingle in each other's light; connect to our unifying human spirits; and find meaningful expression of the intersections of our diverse worlds. Specifically Hussein looks at sounds of the Muslim experience and how they find consonance and dissonance with sounds of everyday life. For example, the piece, Nur: Reflections on Light is a collection of miniatures and choral soundscapes exploring the ineffable nature of light. The music interweaves melodies from Ismaili Muslim mystical literature (ginans specifically), quranic recitation and classical Indian ragas into textures inspired by early and contemporary choral music. Hussein works to present the sonic experience of the Muslim world not as 'international food fair' style doses and tasters, but as viable, interesting, unique contemporary expressions which demonstrate the integral role we all play in shaping our worlds.