During the Spring of 2018 Historical Bassoonist and Reedmaker, Andrew Burn, will take on a project to study the reeds of Wilhelm Knochenhauer and Carl Mechler with James R. McKay. McKay is the author of The Bassoon Reed Manual: Lou Skinner’s Theories and Techniques and has a collection of original Knochenhauer and Mechler reeds.

Thanks to support from The Canada Council for the Arts, Burn will spend a number of days working closely with McKay during the months of May and June as they measure and experiment in the hopes to develop a process to create replicas usable for bassoons of the late 19th century. Further, Burn hopes that his study of the reeds in McKay’s collection may help inspire new reed designs for baroque and classical bassoons.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.