Alexandre Tannous

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 the double bass, guitar, piano and percussion. Alexandre is also active as an ethnomusicologist. He has conducted fieldwork for over 14 years in many 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.

For the past six years he has been researching the esoteric and therapeutic properties of sound from a scientific, shamanic, historical, and practical perspectives. This has lead him to design a setting he calls “Sound Meditation” in which he shares the findings from his research, raising an awareness to how a specifically designed sound can have the ability to help us to disconnect from habitual patterns, and guiding people in how to disconnect from the mind in this setting while listening to the specific traditional instruments he plays.

Alexandre is a frequent guest-lecturer in major institutions such as Georgetown University, Princeton University, Columbia University, Michigan University, NYU, and Mount Holyoke College and in museums such as the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York.