For the last 20 years alto saxophonist Brodie West has been one of the most original and prodigious instrumentalists in Toronto’s rich creative music scene. In addition to leading his own eponymous quintet, West also performs in his avant-calypso group Eucalyptus, the internationally acclaimed Lina Allemano 4, and the Ryan Driver Sextet. Other collaborations have included recordings with The Ex, Broken Social Scene, and Han Bennink.
Brodie’s unique style as both performer and composer incorporate a “gently fractured lyricism that’s completely his. It’s a humble and highly personal contribution to a lineage that can eventually be traced back to Monk and Ornette.” (Nick Storring, Musicworks and Exclaim! Magazine)
Consisting of West, bassist Josh Cole, pianist Tania Gill, and both Nick Fraser and Evan Cartwright on drums, the Brodie West Quintet plays original compositions that borrow freely from the diverse pedigrees of jazz, folk dance, free jazz, and serialism. While Brodie’s airy playing meanders over the springy foundation of Cole’s bass and Gill’s piano, it is drummers Fraser and Cartwright that provide a rhythmic interplay as they move in and out of phase, remaking time, and lending a unique kind of tension to the ensemble.
Together all five musicians imbue an almost child-like inventiveness to their work as a whole, creating beautifully sublime music that is about as playful as the avant-garde can get.
Doors open at 8:30pm and the concert will begin at 9pm . Admission at the door is $15 for the public and $10 for students and Alternator members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.
This concert is the thirty-first installment of the Skin And Bones Music Series. Now in its fourth year of production, Skin And Bones is an Okanagan Arts Award nominated concert series dedicated to the presentation of experimental music in the Okanagan, produced through the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.