RYAN STIGMON - STIG
Ever since I started playing on my Gaia, I've felt a very significant gain in control and resonance through my instrument in a way I've never felt with any other mouthpiece. I don't feel like I need to go out and buy another piece after a few months and that is very comforting! Every time I pick up my horn, I feel so happy to be playing my Theo Wanne mouthpiece.
Ryan Stigmon has been immersed in music his entire life. He explored many different musical instruments from a young age and fell in love with the saxophone at age 10. Since then, Ryan has performed extensively around the state of Arizona with many great musicians such as Mel Brown, Chris Finet, Mike Crotty, John Willis, and The Temptations and has shared the stage with many great artists like The Soul Rebels Brass Band, REO Speedwagon, and George Benson. Ryan has had the opportunity to study privately with Curtis Fuller and many other jazz greats at the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute in New York. He currently balances a music school schedule with weekly performances and is in the middle of producing his funk band STIG's first album along with planning their Summer 2015 East Coast Tour.
What is your experience of when you don't feel connected to your music?
The musical language is most meaningful language there is in the world. It crosses borders and can heal so many ailments. When I play music, it's not about me. I do it for the listener. I would do anything to give back the feeling I get when I listen to and play music.
Do you have any fun stories of inspirational moments to share?
I'll never forget a performance I put together at a great jazz club in Phoenix called The Nash. It was really the first professional jazz performance I ever produced from the group up. I had a group of four other amazing musicians, two of whom I grew up with. It was just amazing and it inspired me to be a musical self starter and go out and make the music happen.