Alexandre Tannous is a musician, educator, composer, and ethnomusicologist. He holds four degrees in music theory, composition, music education and ethnomusicology. He has taught at Columbia University and is a frequent guest-lecturer at universities, institutions, and museums. As an ethnomusicologist, he has conducted fieldwork for 17 years in over 40 countries around the world.
For the past twelve years he has been researching 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. This search has led him to the intersection where art, science and spirituality meet: the wonders of sound! His ethnomusicological approach entails a social scientific study of sound use in several traditional contexts—religious, spiritual, holistic, and cultural—for various purposes and occasions in entertainment, worship, meditation, and rituals of healing and trance. Consequently, his approach in researching, understanding, experiencing, transmitting, and working with sound has always been based on multidisciplinarity.