Special Advisor to the Board
"Alexandre has been a close personal friend of mine for many years. He is more than a friend; he has been a mentor, a teacher, and a wise counselor. Alexandre was influential in my decision to found the McKenna Academy, and without his encouragement and support from the very start, there would very likely not be a McKenna Academy. Alexandre is modest, and has freely shared his advice and wisdom without drawing attention to himself. His contributions to the Academy have been invaluable, and we look forward to our continuing relationship as the Academy evolves and grows. For this reason we are pleased to recognize his affiliation with the McKenna Academy as a Special Advisor to the Board of the McKenna Academy. Thank you Alexandre for all that you do."
Dennis McKenna, Ph.D.
President and Principal Founder
In November 2019, the McKenna Academy was launched with their first Mystery School Retreat with Alexandre Tannous, an ethnomusicologist, sound therapist and sound researcher. 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. This search has led him to the intersection of art, science, philosophy and spirituality.
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 a multidisciplinary approach.
The material he transmits about sound is based on a multidisciplinary research over 22 years: observations he made during his fieldwork in over 40 countries, 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 transformation and healing. Read more at www.soundmeditation.com