Jazz Musicians, Students, and Teachers Try Out New Instrument

Classic Arts News   Jazz Musicians, Students, and Teachers Try Out New Instrument
Fran‹ois Louis has been showing his invention, a double-soprano saxophone, to instructors and students at NYU and the Manhattan School of Music over the last two week, the New York Daily News reports.

Louis, who is Belgian, is known for the saxophone mouthpieces he makes for such jazz musicians as Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, David Liebman, Wayne Shorter, and David Sanborn. Brecker, Libeman, and Lovano have all tried the new instrument, which Louis calls an aulochrome.

Louis is hoping to generate enough interest in the instrument to find a sponsor and put the aulochrome into production.

The aulochrome is made from two Borgani saxophone bodies welded together, with a double mouthpiece and other parts constructed by Louis. It took him two years to create it.

According to the Daily News, the instrument produces two sounds, one brighter than the other, making it difficult to place the sound's location.

So far the aulochrome has impressed many of those who have heard it. "It's the sound of the third millennium," Lovano said. "This is the horn everybody will be playing 100 years from now."

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