Elena Paparusso is a jazz singer and composer. She was my student from May 2014 to February 2016. We made a deep technical work she needed and we made a focus on a voice setting which could be useful not only for the voice, but specific of her musical nature. The results were the victory in the 2015 WinJazz Contest and her first CD Inner Nature.This is one of the original songs from the Cd
And here The Mask always from the cd Inner Nature. Enjoy!
On september 29th the release of the album in an historical jazz club in Rome, the Alexanderplatz: click here for the event
Her website www.elenapaparusso.com
This is a typical exemple of the results thought not obtainable by phoniatry, and especially in such a simple and not expensive way.
Sister I. entered my study program in june 2014. Sister I. had an important surgery to save her life, a thyroidectomy in october 2013. After she had problems with the voice, she could not speak, neither sing. She used to sing in her convent, many times every day and also as a soloist. She had a beautiful clear and natural voice, not trained and had some stuttering when child. She had calcium levels very low and they remained low
Here the certificates with the diagnosis of hypomotility of the left vocal fold before logopedic treatment (01/28/2014 Tyrodectomy on october the 3rd 2013, since dysphonia, and slight dysphagia for liquids. Negate having other noteworthy patologies.
Fibrolaringoscopie: Normal cordal morfology. Hypomotility of left vocal fold. Inadequate compensation of the contralateral fold. Normal respiratory spaces. No smoking. Require a tenseabductive phoniatric treatment. She had the treatment, very effective with the speaking voice but totally useless for the singing voice. Few days before the beginning of our work another certificate (06/06/2014 At current control it is confirmed the situation of hypomotility of the left vocal fold, good compensation of contralateral fold) confirms the hypomotility of the left vocal folds but now a good compensation of the other side. She had very low calcium level from the operation till several months after the last certificate you found at the end.
Those are her vocal folds in photo and stroboscopy after nine months since we stopped our work. No maintainance exercises, no further therapies. As nothing has never happened to the left fold. The certificate confirms that (Fiber optic laryngoscopy: True vocal folds normal in morphology, slight hypomotility of the right vocal folds, slight hyopertrophy in the posterior closure as for suspected reflux. Stroboscopy: regular vibration, simmetrical and of normal amplitude). And since our work Sister I. sings every day and again as a soloist as before the surgery.
We could make the left fold work again after three weeks and in the video is her voice the first meeting and after 5 weeks. You can hear that there is a substantial difference, even if in a subtle way. You can hear the gain in the ring, a little glow on the sound, a more clear timbre that starts appearing. This to me is a truly important sign and telling me that the vocal folds start having a correct attack, I know it is the start of having after just to make the folds being trained. She could sing in a little celebration of Sandro Pertini Hospital in the autumn.
In may 2017 Sister I. wrote me that she had been the soloist of the Litany of the Saints during a Solemn Profession in the Basilique of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Porziuncola (Assisi). As nothing never happened to her left vocal fold, joy.
On 14th July 2016 my class sung in the recital for the end of the lessons. Rita Negrini opens the recital with Amy Winehouse Back to black.
And then she sings La notte
M. is a 7 years old boy who entered my three months study program.
Those are his vocal folds in November 2015 and a week before we started my program. Kissing nodules, hematoma, deeply dysphonic, with also a problem of stuttering; three years of logopedic treatment with no significant results.
In the video shown below his sound at our third meeting and after a couple of months. At the end of the video you can hear him one year after the end of our work that give an idea of his speaking voice and the clearness he reached with no further exercises (it is usual in my experience that when we correct the vocal gesture the sound will have a year to really change in timbre and density).
He was a very difficult student and not for the age; he had a not collaborative attitude, I thought also that not being free of speaking and express himself could had some responsibility. Since he felt less difficulty he tried to totally stops collaborating and never made an exercise at home. It was then impossible to make the videostroboscopy at the end of our work, the previous ones were easy and not a problem. At the end of the three months program the stuttering was reduced to a third of what was before, I worked on a physical part that came from a not connected muscular chain that I found related to voice production and the blocking in voice attack were reduced. Also some anxiety towards the speech failure was reduced and not felt as preminent, as before our work, he truly enjoyed his theatre performance at school and said his phrases with no problems. You can see that the singing sound is not really good (but to reach a very good sound it is requiered a longer time since in my experience for another year you hear the sound of how vocal folds have been treated previously and then their proper sound really appear), but you start hearing the different registers and the copertura and vocal abduction instead of air and that the singing order is simple and direct as in not patological voices. The speaking voice is clear and easy. Enjoy a little boy who can speak with less fear of failure, enjoy his theatre course and sing with great margin of improvement. And after one year he is stable and still gaining ring and round in the voice.