Discover the power of sound through esoteric, shamanic and eastern practices
SINCE THE DAWN of our species, human beings have been drawn to the enigmatic power of sound. From the songs around ancient campfires to the voices echoing in primordial caves, to the infinite varieties of instruments and song across the world, sound has been and still is a powerful sensorium of experience, divine encounter, and aesthetic beauty.
Both Western and non-Western traditions have long utilized sound to alter human consciousness, enter liminal states of ecstatic union, heighten self-awareness, and even receive therapeutic benefits.
Today, we have added benefit of being able to draw from both the depth of the world’s great esoteric sound practices—Eastern, Western, and indigenous perspectives–and leading scientific research. The result is a truly powerful toolkit for amplifying our own meditative practices.
reDiscover sound with an ethnomusicologist
Alexandre Tannous is as an ethnomusicologist, sound therapist and sound researcher. For the past 13 years he has been investigating the therapeutic and esoteric properties of sound from three different perspectives—Western scientific, Eastern philosophical, and shamanic societal beliefs—to gain a deeper understanding of how, and to what extent, sound has been used to affect human consciousness. His multidisciplinary research has led him to the intersection of art, science, philosophy and spirituality.
Inspired by his research, Alexandre has developed a comprehensive practice, “Sound Meditation”.
Through a powerful combination of heightened states of listening, and the use of specific instruments (such as gongs, Himalayan singing bowls, and tuning forks), Alexandre’s techniques have demonstrated the ability to help practitioners disconnect from habitual patterns, cultivate deep listening, empower positive cognitive change, and bring individuals into a deeper state of inner pace and calm.
This class will introduce students to a “phenomenological” approach to sound, empowering them with tools to enhance their own experience of listening and gain potent, contemplative techniques for self-transformation.
In the beginning of our session, Alexandre will open with a multimedia introduction to his work and research. He will share descriptions of the instruments he uses for his practice and what students should expect to experience in their sound meditation. This will give you a helpful context to understand how sound can be such a powerful tool.
experience Sound meditation
Over the course of this session, Alexandre will guide you in:
How to judiciously listen to and work with harmonic overtones for achieving meditative and altered states of consciousness
Observing modulation and varying dynamics of sound
Visualizing opening oneself to sound
Following how the shifting energies within sound
Allowing oneself to be completely immersed into sound to achieve unitive states
Exploring the "ethos" of specific instruments: the character or feeling of certain notes
How to open oneself to merging with sound completely, leaving the possibility for ecstatic states of joy and bliss
"Sound meditation is a practice that allows the receiver to experience the inner healer, the inner teacher." — Alexandre tannous
The benefits of integrating sound practices
These are only a few of the benefits you can achieve through integrating sound meditation into your practice:
The ability to quiet the mind
Release of undesirable thought structures and habits
Better management of depression and, in some cases, being able to quit antidepressants
Considerable diminishment of anxiety and panic attacks
Establishing deeper “resonance” with our self
Cultivating inner peace and calm
Increasing our self-confidence and ability to pay attention
Enhancing one’s ability to listen and pay greater attention to details
Recover from bouts of insomnia
Enhance our dreams and increase our ability to lucid dream
What you receive:
Access to a 3 hour recorded seminar with renowned ethnomusicologist Alexandre Tannous.
A recorded video of the session.
A recorded audio of the session.
A transcript of the class.
BONUS download: A "Recommended Reading and Listening" list for students who wish to take their sound meditation practice further.
Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn the invaluable lessons of sound meditation.
Alexandre Tannous has been active as a musician, educator, composer, and as an ethnomusicologist. He holds a Bachelor of Music with a double major in Music Theory and Composition, and a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Columbia University Teachers College. As a recipient of the Mellon Fellowship he also earned a Master of Arts and a Master of Philosophy degrees in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University where he was enrolled in the PH.D. program. He has taught various music courses at the same institution. The works of Alexandre Tannous are frequently performed in the United States, Europe, and in Asia. The World Première performance of his orchestral composition “Métamorphose” under his baton at Carnegie Hall in 1995 received a standing ovation. As a film composer he composed two film-scores: The Seventh Dog (2005), and Jim (2009) www.jimthefilm.com.
As a musician, he has performed a variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, rock, and non-Western music on various instruments. Alexandre is also active as an ethnomusicologist. He has conducted fieldwork for 17 years in over 40 countries around the world. His ethnomusicological research investigates issues of acculturation, community, musical identity in an urban setting, and the concepts of talent, charisma, and leadership in music. He is a sought-after ethnomusicologist/composer consultant on projects in recording studios helping creating awareness in amalgamating various musical cultures.
The material he transmits about sound is based on thorough research over many years: observations he made during his fieldwork, scientific studies, personal experiences, and data collected from thousands of people he has worked with doing sound therapy. This has led him to a deeper understanding of how sound reveals and unlocks hidden powers we have within us to promote profound inner changes and healing.
Alexandre is a frequent guest-lecturer in major institutions such as Georgetown University, Princeton University, Columbia University, NYU, and in museums such as the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Rubin Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York. He continues to do research on sound, currently works as a sound therapist, teaches this practice, and lectures about sound.