Music and Medicine Conference (part 2)

Here is the second part of my experiences regarding the International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM) Conference 2020. I have already written in part 1 about the webinars that took place during the first day of this music and medicine conference. Additionally for this post, I will be expanding and writing about the second day of the Conference! Enjoy and remember you can still register for the Conference to gain access to all the recorded material that is available.


Here is the summary of the presentations of the 2nd day of the conference:

Dr. Athanasios Dritsas

Dr. Athanasios Dritsas (MD, FESC) is a Cardiologist, Deputy Director of the Cardiology Section at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Athens, Greece. He is the author of a recent book entitled “Music as Medicine: α biological approach to music medicine interventions.” Additionally, in 2019 the Scientific Academy of Athens, Greece honored him for his scientific work on the contribution of music medicine-music therapy to the care of cardiac patients. During his talk, Dr. Dritsas talked about the research that has been conducted in the area of music medicine. He also talked how music-based interventions can have a positive effect on the care of cardiac patients. Perhaps we will invite him to join for a Facebook live interview at some point!


Adrian Anantawan

Canadian violinist Adrian Anantawan was born without his right hand. Through the support of unique individuals across multiple disciplines, he was able to play the violin, beginning a journey that would lead him to perform at the White House, for the Dalai Lama, and at the Olympics. During his talk, Adrian inspired us with his playing and by sharing his personal journey with music. He also introduced concepts such as universal design and how we need to think of inclusion in our work. By including those on the margins we can also take care of everybody in between! This was one of my favorite talks, Adrian is an amazing player and human being and we were so lucky to have his energy during the conference.


Chloë Goodchild

Chloë is the inventor of ‘The Naked Voice’ and founder of ‘The Naked Voice Charitable Foundation’. The Naked Voice is a pioneering experiential vocal training program, providing a sound awareness toolkit of conscious core practices, music, audio-books, and spoken meditations that empower you to find and to embody your authentic voice. During the conference, Chloë did not only talk about her work with the Naked Voice but also helped us experience a little bit of the program. It was a liberating and great experience to have her lead some experiences for us. I can’t imagine how great the whole program must be!


David Monacchi

This was a bit of an unexpected presentation! David Monacchi is an Italian interdisciplinary sound artist, eco-acoustics researcher, and composer, best known for his multidisciplinary project Fragments of Extinction, the EcoAcoustic Theatre, his periphonic device, and award-winning music and sound-art installations. He blew my mind with his projects involving recording and creating auditory libraries of the sounds of forests around the world in the most recondite areas. This is about the preservation of these sounds and also about bringing the sounds to people all around the world through innovative technology. It enables us to hear what soon may be lost because of climate change. Really interesting talk!


Vera Brandes

Vice President of IAMM, president of I.M.A.R.A.A. (International Music and Arts Research Association Austria) and Director Emeritus of the Research Program for Music-Medicine at Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria, Vera Brandes presented on how frequencies affect human physiology and the immune system. She talked about really advanced research such as something called Chronobiology. These are interesting topics that I do not feel I can talk about in a coherent way. Check out her talk if you are interested in these topics!


Panel: “The Future of Music and Medicine”

The last part of this year’s conference was a panel presentation on the future of music and medicine. The panelists were Melissa Mercadal-Brotons, Patravoot Vatanasapt, MD, and Robert Saper, MD. This last conversation helped bring together all the great information that the presenters introduced during the conference. The future of music and medicine looks bright and I hope you can join us to be part of it!


This is just the surface of all the content that the many people involved shared during the conference! You can still access all the content of the music and medicine conference by registering. Get access to all the recordings, including recordings of the two days of the conference PLUS additional posters and presentations. You can register here:

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L. Samuel Gracida

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