Although we have many customers and Syos artists on the other side of Atlantic, Syos had never crossed the pond to meet american saxophonists. We therefore decided to organize a visit of the US's East coast, Boston and New York, from the 23rd to the 29th of September. I'm going to report it here, day to day, so follow the blog!
Lihi Haruvi in Berklee
To begin the day, I had a rendez-vous with Lihi Haruvi, a very talented saxophonist who teaches in Berklee. We talked a lot about music, music pedagogy, and of course she tested a lot of mouthpieces : first soprano, then alto. I was really impressed because she can switch from one mouthpiece to a completely different one while maintaining the same ease of play, and sound. Check it out:
And her opinion was that all the Syos mouthpieces she tried were very easy to play and homogeneous!
I didn't have the time to visit Berklee (a sort of classroom labyrinth), still I did get to see Stan Getz's saxophone, which deserves a picture in my story!
I was in Berklee so I had the occasion to eat my lunch with one of our ambassadors Victor Raimondeau and bring him a very special mouthpiece which, I'm sure, will take him to the stars!
The lunch was quick because I then had to meet the great Jerry Bergonzi who gave me the honnor of deplaying a saxophone lesson to spend half an hour with me! Even if it was short, we still had the time to talk about his sound research, he showed me the mouthpieces that he's currently playing and he tested a dozen Syos mouthpieces. The winner was an orange mouthpiece with a very small chamber.
And like Lili, he concluded that all the mouthpieces were very easy to play! We're going to dig together in the direction of this orange mouthpiece to unravel its mysteries...
Next stop: Boston Sax Shop where I invited our dear ambassador Godwin Louis to give a Masterclass. We listened to a great trio with Max Ridley on double bass and Lee Fish on drums. It was a great time with all the saxophonists here who had a lot of questions. The concert finally turned into a jam then everybody tested Syos mouthpieces. And again, all the saxophonists were impressed by the quality of Syos mouthpieces.
So it was a great first american day, full of positive feedback about our mouthpieces! By the way, there is now a mouthpieces selection at Boston Sax Shop: go there and meet Jack to test them, his shop is amazing!
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