Art is regeneration: life is full of music and music is life!
A meeting with the pianist and biologist Emiliano Toso
Written by Irene Brambilla and Lucia Longoni, reviewed by Alison Ruffoni
2020 has been a complex time that challenged us in many ways. In order to transform the difficulties of the past year into something positive and to celebrate life in its fullness, we organized the event “2020 a year of… magnanimity, magic, movement, modifications, meditation, miracles, :mondora, MUSIC!”
The event was a meeting with the pianist and biologist Emiliano Toso, a sign of closeness to our friends, family, collaborators, but especially our future: children.
Cells enjoy music
Emiliano is not just a pianist, but a scientist too: after earning a PhD in biology he became the head of a group of molecular biologists. As he is also a musician and a music enthusiast, he elaborates the Translational Music, a melody capable of translating the emotions experienced on a cellular level into notes, played strictly with acoustic instruments tuned to 432hz. This frequency seems to create vibrations that interact with the biochemical messengers that orchestrate our conscious and unconscious activities. Translational Music is used for therapeutic purposes in healthcare environments, hospitals, schools, and wellness and creativity centers.
When we experience an emotion, each of our cells filters and perceives vibrations reflected on the whole body,” says Emiliano Toso on his website. “The translation into music of these universal vibrations can help to understand and improve the state of well-being and cooperation at different levels of complexity and organization: cell, body, humanity… and bring us closer to our Soul”.
Through this workshop of music and creativity, Emiliano made us live a unique experience: looking at the reality on many levels: music, nature, beauty… He showed us how life is full of music and how music is full of life.
A gift for children
We dedicated this moment to children. Emiliano animated the session alternating music with anecdotes about nature, biology, and music and inviting children to become protagonists of the event, sharing their ideas, questions and creations.
Through this activity, they could develop their sensibility by using music to connect to their inner world. For example, they invented the themes of a melody that Emiliano translated into music. They also experimented with the images that a melody can create in the imagination: a dance, snowflakes, a sky dotted with stars, and more.
Thanks to the ability of Emiliano to excite and entertain, the two-hour event ‘flew’ on the notes of his piano.
The power of music
On this occasion, we saw the power of art in creating connections and promoting creativity. As demonstrated by numerous studies, art has many therapeutic properties and music is becoming an important tool in healthcare environments.
Even in the workplace, art is becoming a useful resource. It is shown that the effect of music creates less stressful and more productive work environments, helping people to feel good and be more effective. Regarding IT, it has been shown how listening to music improves the performance of web developers.
Music can also improve relationships within a work team, creating more relaxed contexts. Through exercises such as that proposed by Emiliano on the creation of a melody, it is possible to take into account other people’s points of view, enhancing the value of the plurality of approaches.
Regenerate by music, even remotely
If last year we hosted a Jazz band in our office, this year’s circumstances forced us to enjoy the experience through a screen, giving up direct contact with the artist.
This event has shown us how, even virtually, it is possible to benefit from the positive effects of art. Although the sound of a live piano is priceless, the online activity allowed us to live the experience in the tranquility of our own homes, with our loved ones, but still connected to colleagues and friends.
In conclusion, in 2021 we will continue to invest in virtually bringing artists from different disciplines to mondora.
We conclude this article by wishing you a year of magnanimity, magic, movement, modifications, meditation, miracles, :mondora, and, of course, music!
The effect of music listening on work performance, Teresa Lesiuk, Psychology of Music, 2005.