New York-based Woodwind Mouthpiece Company Releases New Series Designed With Saxophonist David Mann
By: SK Mouthpieces
SK Mouthpieces was founded by saxophonist Stephan Kammerer, who first moved to the United States from Denmark in 1993 to study jazz performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. After relocating to New York, he eventually began refacing and working on mouthpieces for friends and acquaintances. As word of his ability spread, he gained notoriety among various woodwind players, and his business rapidly began to grow. In 2017, at the request of several of his clients, Kammerer decided to introduce his own line, SK Mouthpieces. SK is guided by the principle that a mouthpiece which is designed and personalized with the highest standards of precision and, to the specifications of discerning musicians, will perform better than any general utility, mass-market model. Kammerer states: "I started to learn about refacing and mouthpiece work because I had gotten tired of spending large amounts of money on vintage mouthpieces and couldn't understand why they occasionally worked for me and other times would not. I soon found out that I enjoyed the work and started SK Mouthpieces."
SK's first line of mouthpieces is the Origin Series. They were styled in collaboration with several renowned saxophonists who, in addition to earning accolades for being among the finest players of their generation, possess unique musical voices as true visionaries. Through an extensive process of play-testing and fine-tuning, Kammerer and the respective artist create each mouthpiece from 'scratch' resulting in a mouthpiece tailored to the artist's desired performance characteristics and preferences.
DM Origin is the first mouthpiece of the series and was produced in collaboration with in-demand saxophonist David Mann (Christopher Cross, George Russell, Patti Austin, Michael Bolton, Luther Vandross, Tower of Power, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, James Taylor). It has already gathered widespread acclaim from professional players who cite its deep sound, full projection, and supreme playability. Kammerer further adds: "I had worked with David Mann on many of his mouthpieces over the years and, in addition to being an incredible musician, he's also able to clearly communicate what he is looking for in a mouthpiece. Which is why he was the first person that came to mind when I was considering possible sax players to collaborate with." Further collaborations are planned with new models due to be released in summer and fall 2018.
For more information or to order visit: http://www.skmouthpieces.com