Chuck Currie

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Sax Noir Studio

"I first used Légère reeds on my “shop mouthpieces” when doing woodwind repairs. At gigs during that time, I would sometimes reflect that I had felt better about the shop setup than my performance setup that night! When recording in Las Vegas and having nothing but trouble with cane reeds that I had brought from Vancouver, I decided to do something about it.

As a doubler and teacher, I felt that to fully test the reeds out I needed to get enough inventory for all my instruments and all the mouthpieces I stock in the studio for student trial….so my initial order was over one hundred reeds, and I did extensive testing including “blind” side by sides in a recording studio.

Two weeks later, I was using the reeds in performance and had to reorder 50 more reeds to satisfy my students needs. Légère reeds have clarity of tone, incredibly clean and responsive articulation, and are particularly stable in the upper registers and altissimo of all single reed instruments. I no longer spend 20% of my practice and teaching time adjusting and seasoning reeds." - Chuck

Chuck Currie is a clarinetist and saxophonist residing in Vancouver, BC. Chuck performs and records with the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Vancouver Island Symphony, and the Band of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. His chamber groups include Sax Noir and Superstyk, as well as The Best Coast Bass Clarinet Quartet.

He has performed at Canadian Music Educator Association conventions, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conferences, at North American Saxophone Alliance conferences and at International Clarinet Association Clarinetfests. A reviewer of the opening concert of the Vancouver 2007 Clarinetfest reported “he did an absolutely amazing job of interpreting the bass clarinet solos in Frank Ticheli’s Blue Shades. Never have I heard a bass clarinet shape and bend notes like that...what amazing projection.”

He teaches at his own Sax Noir Studio, and conducts clinics and master classes throughout British Columbia. Students have auditioned successfully for the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, the British Columbia Honour Orchestra, and the National Youth Band of Canada.

He is a Conn-Selmer Artist performing on Leblanc Cadenza, Legacy and Symphonie clarinets, Yanagisawa Silver Sonic saxophones and Selmer Privilege Bass clarinets. He uses Backun mouthpieces, bells and barrels exclusively on all clarinets.

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