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Nicolas Stephan plays Syos

Nicolas Stephan plays on a Syos tenor saxopohone mouthpiece

Syos work is interesting because it mixes a new technologic expertise - in mutation - and a great sensitivity to the musicians expectations/aspirations. The process which led to the mouthpiece I am playing today taught me a lot and is very introspective for a saxophonist because it forces him to formulate and define what he is looking for and all along the steps to correct and sharpen an acoustic desire which is a team work between the musician – his aspirations, qualities and defaults – and Syos team represented by Maxime and Pauline. As often the path you take to reach the goal is as important as the goal itself.

Sound aesthetics

Very dark
Very bright
Very soft
Very powerful

Nicolas Stephan’s sound is quite bright and warm with a certain restraint. The mouthpiece we made for Nicolas allows him to deploy this kind of sound easily in the whole tenor register.


Musician, composer and improvisator he plays saxophone and composes for « de la violence dans les détails », Unklar, Surnatural Orchestra, Ars circa Musicae. He sings sometimes and writes novels and songs when he feels inspired.

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