Solo

 
 

In his solo saxophone performances, Brodie West can sanctify a space, blocking out background distractions to draw listeners in to meditate on the purity of his sounds. But he can also transcend musical solipsism by engaging his environment in a sort of pantheistic duet, embroidering riffs and tune-fragments to the muttered hubbub of background chatter or the swoop of a hawk landing in a nearby tree. When heard in parks or playgrounds, his music can detour into the satisfied drift of a toddler at play, a spirit that endures even in a darkened late-night performance space. 

- Joe Strutt, Mechanical Forest Sound

 
 

RECORDINGS 

 

Alexandra Park

12" vinyl LP and digital

released September 23, 2016
alto saxophone Brodie West
mastered by Fedge
artwork by Jeffro Halladay
recorded at College St. Storage Nov 2013 and Alexandra Park Feb 2014
all compositions B.West SOCAN 2016

Alexandra Park is a visualized space, both open and closed, created and stumbled upon. Vibrations, when left alone, sometimes deflect off walls, and sometimes dissipate in the wind; Quavering into un-expected tensions. A concealed instinct provoked to be un-covered, either boiling over, or imploding. The excursive reflex in solitude, an honest, firm release, a slow-seeping pressure torn into segmented voices. Passive elation. Un-groomed and un-adorned save for the semblance of textures plucked from air. Pruned, then inserted into an un-specified vessel. An Oration of these impulses. Compressed intention, searing and solidified, otherwise raked back into ether, or left to saturate. Fighting all impulse to expand, hot and cold currents scrape against each other, and resolve in the breath’s distress. Ripped document. Wind Decision and the contraction of it’s opposite. The tongues astuteness sabotaged by fingered back-fires. Nerves catching the light, but never distracted. Minuscule discoveries left exactly as found: Always skirting silence. Controlled awareness of the overgrown. Breath as thought, rinsed. Acute. Conversations in solitude. Sometimes we hear, sometimes we’re shown, sometimes we wander alone…But never truly alone, Brodie West’s solitary saxscapes are constantly conversing with reflections just out of ear-shot.  

-Randall Gagne / Man Made Hill, Toronto 2016

 

The Law of The Meander

HEALING POWER #13
released November 9, 2012

Brodie West Alto Saxophone
all songs mastered by Matt Smith
all compositions Brodie West (SOCAN) 
recorded in Toronto, May 2012
pictured is the Silver Snake River of Western Idaho