The ear is the spine: the spine is the ear.
— Alfred Tomatis

Alfred Tomatis

 Alfred Tomatis (1920-2001)

Alfred Tomatis (1920-2001)

Otorhinolaryngologist and father of psychoacoustics, Alfred Tomatis discovered though his work with opera singers that the larynx can only emit those frequencies which the ear can hear. His finding was presented to the French National Academy of Medicine in 1957, is known as the Tomatis Effect, and led to the invention of the Electronic Ear: a device originally intended to train the singer’s voice.

Benjamin Gigli, Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, and Sting have been recipients of Tomatis’ method.

Daniel Shigo completed the Tomatis Listening Training in 1999-2000, which initiated a long period of research, study, and application that has enabled him to understand and transmit the principles of the Classical Italian Song-Schools—il bel canto—in a unique and powerful manner. The Awakened Ear Workshop is designed to present this information to students of the voice, including singers, actors, voice teachers, voice scientists, and vocal coaches.

See Dr. Norman Doidge’s The Brain’s Way of Healing and Walter Coppola’s The Tomatis Effect with Professional Opera Singers for more information.