Brodie West & Fleshtone Aura
Fleshtone Aura is the solo sound-collage alias of Andrew Zukerman. Using new & antiquated technologies he weaves a sonic tapestry that’s equal parts high & low-brow, wet & dry, dumb & dumber. Fleshtone Aura rose from the ashes of Gastric Female Reflex, an equally untethered sound collage duo that lasted a long time. As a solo artist, he has released perhaps too many albums and played too many shows to talk about.
Alto saxophonist Brodie West’s fascination in sound has taken him from Alexandra Park to Addis Ababa. As a bandleader and collaborator he is a key member of Toronto’s vibrant creative music scene. Leader of avant-calypso unit Eucalyptus as well as his eponymous quintet, West also regularly performs with the The Ryan Driver Sextet, the Lina Allemano 4, a duo called Ways and an ongoing collaboration with Andrew Zukerman/Fleshtone Aura. Brodie’s music has been released by some of Toronto’s most celebrated labels, including Healing Power, Pleasence, Blocks Recording Club and Rat-Drifting, while his European connections have put him in the company of legendary art-punks The Ex as well as the late Getatchew Mekuria, the revered veteran of the Ethiopian saxophone.
Originally hailing from Nanaimo, British Columbia, jazz studies at Humber College brought Brodie to Toronto. Emerging as a member of Zebradonk, Deep Dark United and Drumheller, he was soon in demand as a featured guest, adding his spirit to recordings ranging from Broken Social Scene’s seminal You Forgot It in People to more recent appearances with Jennifer Castle, Snowblink and Tasseomancy.