Eric Chenaux

NEWS


BIO

Eric Chenaux makes conceptual music that’s not meant to sound conceptual. He operates among various ‘traditions’ but perhaps most broadly, Chenaux’s records grapple with the relationship between improvisation and structure in very particular, unique, idiosyncratic ways – and quite without irony or cynicism, through love. Because fundamentally, Chenaux writes love songs, which he sings in a voice honeyed and clear, while his guitar gently bends, frazzes, chortles, diverges and decomposes. This juxtaposition of his mellow, dexterous crooning and his highly experimental (and equally dexterous) guitar explorations, explodes even unconventional notions of singing and accompaniment, of tonal and timbral interplay between guitar and voice. As a solo artist, Chenaux’s improvisation methods are in certain literal ways solipsistic: as a singer-songwriter, he plays his guitar around and against his voice, challenging easy notions of harmony/harmoniousness, improvising “with himself’ in pursuit of surprising himself (and his listeners) as he unfurls ribbons of voice and instrument often to the point of seeming independence, all the better to capture – and be captured by –unforeseen, intimate moments of interdependence: a definition of freedom, as a profoundly intentional state of openness, presence and play.
Even within avant-garde currents of folk and jazz balladry, Chenaux feels like an outlier. Yet his music remains wonderfully warm, generous and fundamentally accessible in spite of its irrefutable iconoclasm. While the constitutive elements of Chenaux’s solo work in recent years might suggest some underlying devotion to asceticism, the opposite is much more true: his musical reveries resist, critique and counteract austerity (in all its forms) in a joyful abandonment
to the improvised space where playfulness and light-heartedness are taken seriously, and where love is invoked and expressed, without reductive or facile sentimentalism, in a full, nuanced, clear-eyed suspension/rejection of the cynical life.
‘Slowly Paradise’ is Eric Chenaux’s new solo record. It is a lovely collection of mostly long songs guided by soothing, buttery singing and bent, fried fretwork. It is arguably Chenaux’s most assured and essential solo work, building on the critical acclaim his previous releases ‘Guitar And Voice’ and ‘Skullsplitter’ have rightly garnered. Thanks for listening.

While he has called Paris home for the past few years, Eric Chenaux was a fixture of DIY and experimental music in Toronto throughout the 1990s and 2000s – from local postpunk legends Phleg Camp and Lifelikeweeds towards a highly distinctive technical and gestural mastery of amplified acoustic guitar. An intrepid explorer of free/improvised music, folkways, bent jazz, and sculptural sound, Chenaux began releasing solo and ensemble work in the 2000s, amidst incessant live performances as a central figure in Toronto’s fertile avant/improv scene, and as co-founder of the experimental music label Rat-drifting. Constellation has been home to Eric’s “solo” records since 2006 – a brilliant discography of adventurous, sumptuous, mostly languorous deconstructed folk, jazz and pop-influenced balladry rooted in the juxtaposition of Chenaux’s fried guitar playing and his gorgeously clear and lyrical singing voice. Eric composes and performs music for film, including the score for Esther May Campbells’s 2015 full length feature Light Years and various collaborations with filmmaker Eric Cazdyn, and contemporary dance, and collaborates on numerous sound installations with visual/sound artist Marla Hlady, including a recent residency at AVATAR in Quebec City with a release of field-performance recordings scheduled for 2018. Chenaux has also performed and recorded with many other artists over his 30- year career, including membership in Sandro Perri’s band, in duo with French musician Eloïse Decazes ( a celebrated 2017 release on three:four records), Pauline Oliveros, Martin Arnold, Allison Cameron, John Oswald, Michael Snow, Brodie West, Han Bennink, Michael Moore, Josephine Foster, Martin Tetrault, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, Kurt Newman, Wilbert De Joode, Gareth Davis, Jacob Wren, Norberto Lobo, Nathaniel Mann and Christine Abdelnour.

LINE-UP
Eric Chenaux : Guitar, Vocals


LINKS


PRESS


CONTACT

Booking : amaury.muraillesmusic[at]gmail.com
Promo: promo.muraillesmusic[at]gmail.com

DISCOGRAPHIE

  • Slowly Paradise

    Constellation Records2018
    CD / LP / digital
  • Skullsplitter

    Constellation Records2015
    CD / LP / digital
  • Your Victorian Breasts (V/A)

    three:four records2013
    LP + digital (limited)
  • Guitar & Voice

    Constellation Records2012
    CD / LP / digital
  • The Sentimental Moves (with Radwan Ghazi Moumneh)

    Grapefruit Records2012
    LP limited edition
  • Eloïse Decazes et Eric Chenaux

    Okraïna Records2012
    LP
  • Warm Weather With Ryan Driver

    Constellation Records2010
    CD / LP / Digital
  • Sloppy Ground

    Constellation Records2008
    CD / LP
  • Dull Lights

    Constellation Records2006
    CD / LP

Past shows

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  • DateCountryCityVenuewith 
  • 15/10/2020FranceParis (75)Centre Culturel Canadieninfos event
  • 15/02/2020FranceLe Petit-Quevilly (76)Bibilothèque François Truffautinfos event
  • 08/02/2020FranceParisFestival 'Au Fond De l'Hiver', Petit BainRichard Dawsoninfos event
  • 05/02/2020FranceMetzLes TrinitairesRichard Dawsoninfos event
  • 23/01/2020BelgiqueBruxellesLe Palaceinfos event
  • 08/01/2020FranceDijonGalerie Interfaceinfos event
  • 13/12/2019FranceParisLe Café de ParisJean-Luc Guionnetinfos
  • 09/12/2019FranceStrasbourgPaye ton noël, place Grimeissen event
  • 08/12/2019SuisseVevey (CH)Le Bout du Mondeinfos event
  • 07/12/2019SuisseBâle (CH)PlattfonManuel Troller event
  • 01/12/2019SuisseGenève (CH)Face Z Festival, salon d'hiverOrlando, Azur 3000infos event
  • 26/09/2019FranceNantesMusée d'arts de Nantesinfos
  • 14/09/2019FranceAulus-les-Bains (09)CAMP Festival (ANNULÉ)L'ocelle mare, Phill Niblock, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Felicia Atkinsoninfos
  • 22/08/2019Grande-BretagneGlasgowThe Old HairdressersRichard Youngsinfos event
  • 10/04/2019FranceMarseilleMontevideoinfos event
  • 29/03/2019FrancePantinFestival Banlieues Bleues, La DynamoMhysainfos event
  • 12/12/2018FrancePantin (93)La Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues& Christine Abdelnour, Fantazio & Théo Ceccali infos event
  • 18/10/2018FranceClissonLa Petite Maison Utopique event
  • 17/10/2018FranceAllonnes (72)La Peniche ExcelsiorJason Sharpinfos event
  • 13/10/2018FranceBrestAtlantique Jazz FestivalJason Sharpinfos event
  • 29/09/2018FranceMontpellierInternationales de la guitare, les 24h démentesinfos event
  • 05/07/2018FranceParis (75)Point ÉphémèreOrgue Agnèsinfos event
  • 30/06/2018FrancePoitiersFestival Bruisme - Le Confort Moderneinfos event
  • 23/06/2018FranceParisLe Zorba event
  • 03/06/2018FranceLabège (31)Maison Salvaninfos
  • 02/06/2018FranceTarbesCeltic Pubinfos
  • 01/06/2018FranceTarbesCeltic Pubinfos event
  • 19/05/2018FranceSarregueminesLe Terminus
  • 13/05/2018FranceToulouseLe Taquininfos event
  • 12/05/2018FranceAllemans (24)Café l'ArsenicL'Ocelle Mareinfos
  • 11/05/2018FrancePérigueuxEspace Culturel François MitterrandL'Ocelle Mareinfos
  • 29/04/2018FranceRennesAlaska brocanteRyan Driverinfos event
  • 05/04/2018FranceMontreuilLes Instants ChavirésBass Clefinfos event
  • 30/03/2018FranceLyonLe Bal des Fringantsinfos event
  • 29/03/2018FranceMetzThéâtre du Saulcy - espace Bernard Marie Koltès (orga. Fragment)Angle, Ethiopian Voiceinfos event
  • 15/03/2018FranceJoué-les-ToursLe Temps MachineYacht Clubinfos event
  • 12/03/2018FranceBiarritzLibraire Le Festin Nuinfos event
  • 14/02/2018FranceAngersMusée Jean Lurçatinfos event
  • 16/03/2017FranceParisParis Music Festival , FGO BarbaraLukas Koening, Ar Kerinfos event
  • 12/01/2017FranceParisLe BalChristine Abdelnourinfos event
  • 04/10/2016FranceParisEspace en CoursKa Baird event
  • 02/10/2016FranceLyonQuirky Festival, Le Bal des Fringantsinfos event
  • 03/07/2016FranceRennesLes Tombées de la Nuit, Chapelle de l’Hôtel Dieuinfos
  • 02/07/2016FranceToursLa Guinguette event
  • 01/07/2016FranceMettray (37)Festival Intergalactique, La Barreinfos
  • 28/05/2016FranceRouenFestival Rush, Presqu'île RolletKaterine, The Limiñanas, Eddy Crampes, Arlt, Nord, Thee Verduns...infos event
  • 26/05/2016FranceParisL'Olympic CaféSourdure event
  • 25/03/2016FranceReimsLa Villa DouceHelved Rum, Maxime Petit
  • 19/11/2015Pays-BasUtrecht (Nl)Le Guess Who, TivoliVredenburginfos
  • 10/11/2015FranceJoué-lès-ToursLe Temps MachineArltinfos event
  • 17/10/2015FranceGrenobleLe CielOdessey & Oracleinfos event
  • 10/10/2015FrancePoitiersFestival le Circuit, Auditorium Saint-Germaininfos event
  • 28/09/2015FranceParisL'ArchipelJozef Van Wisseminfos event
  • 25/09/2015FranceLyonHumanist S.K. Festival, Le PériscopeChicaloyoh, Vitas Guerulaïtisinfos event
  • 19/09/2015BelgiqueSchærbeek (Be)La Carotteinfos
  • 18/09/2015Pays-BasTilburg (Nl)Incubate Festival, Factoriuminfos
  • 13/09/2015FranceRivières (81)Festival Baignade Interdite, Piscine d'AiguelèzeRafael Toral, Cantenac Dagar, Odessey & Oracle, Loupinfos event
  • 18/07/2015FranceSaint-NazaireFarniente Festival, Plage de Monsieur HulotHan Bennink, Jean-François Pauvros & Mount Analogue, Zsuzsanne Varkonyiinfos event
  • 17/07/2015FranceSaint-NazaireFarniente Festival, Plage de Monsieur Hulotinfos event
  • 05/07/2015FranceParisFestival les Siestes Electroniques, Musée du Quai BranlyAïsha Deviinfos event
  • 26/06/2015FranceDijonLe Consortiuminfos event
  • 05/06/2015NorvègeOslo (No)Only Connect Festivalinfos
  • 28/05/2015Grande-BretagneLondon (Uk)Cafe OtoOscilanzinfos
  • 30/04/2015FranceParisLa Péniche AntipodeDidier Petitinfos event
  • 23/04/2015FranceColmarFestival Supersounds, Atelier ARNinfos
  • 18/04/2015FranceRennesFestival Roulements de Tambour, Antipode MJCForever Pavot + Le Groupe Obscur + Get Your Guninfos event
  • 02/04/2015FranceToulouseFestival Beausoleil, Musée d'art Les AbattoirsFuturoscope, Ela Orleansinfos event
  • 27/03/2015FranceParisPenny Lane event
  • 01/03/2015FranceClermont-FerrandMusée d'Art Roger Quilliot, Fac'Tory au MARQinfos
  • 20/11/2014FranceAnglet (64)Les Ecuries de BarojaMicro-Chorale event
  • 27/05/2014FranceParisLa Machine du Moulin RougeLee Ranaldo & The Dustinfos event
  • 17/04/2014FranceBrestLa CarèneElysian Fieldsinfos event
  • 03/04/2014FranceMetzLes TrinitairesRamona Cordovainfos event
  • 15/03/2014SuisseGenève (Ch)Festival DAF14, Centre d'Expression Numérique et Corporelleinfos event
  • 14/03/2014FranceMontreuilMaison PopulaireJacob Wreninfos
  • 10/03/2014Pays-BasAmsterdam (Nl)ParadisoThee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestrainfos event
  • 08/03/2014FranceParisGalerie Treizeinfos event
  • 05/03/2014BelgiqueLeuven (Be)StukAme Henderson / Public Recordingsinfos
  • 27/02/2014FranceBruxelles (Be)BotaniqueThee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestrainfos event
  • 19/02/2014FranceLimogesCCM John LennonThee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestrainfos
  • 18/02/2014FranceFeyzinL'Epicerie ModerneThee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestrainfos event
  • 12/01/2014FranceParisGalerie TreizeRichard Youngsinfos event
  • 11/01/2014Grande-BretagneLondres (UK)Cafe OtoRichard Youngsinfos event

NEWS

BIO

Eric Chenaux makes conceptual music that’s not meant to sound conceptual. He operates among various ‘traditions’ but perhaps most broadly, Chenaux’s records grapple with the relationship between improvisation and structure in very particular, unique, idiosyncratic ways – and quite without irony or cynicism, through love. Because fundamentally, Chenaux writes love songs, which he sings in a voice honeyed and clear, while his guitar gently bends, frazzes, chortles, diverges and decomposes. This juxtaposition of his mellow, dexterous crooning and his highly experimental (and equally dexterous) guitar explorations, explodes even unconventional notions of singing and accompaniment, of tonal and timbral interplay between guitar and voice. As a solo artist, Chenaux’s improvisation methods are in certain literal ways solipsistic: as a singer-songwriter, he plays his guitar around and against his voice, challenging easy notions of harmony/harmoniousness, improvising “with himself’ in pursuit of surprising himself (and his listeners) as he unfurls ribbons of voice and instrument often to the point of seeming independence, all the better to capture – and be captured by –unforeseen, intimate moments of interdependence: a definition of freedom, as a profoundly intentional state of openness, presence and play.
Even within avant-garde currents of folk and jazz balladry, Chenaux feels like an outlier. Yet his music remains wonderfully warm, generous and fundamentally accessible in spite of its irrefutable iconoclasm. While the constitutive elements of Chenaux’s solo work in recent years might suggest some underlying devotion to asceticism, the opposite is much more true: his musical reveries resist, critique and counteract austerity (in all its forms) in a joyful abandonment
to the improvised space where playfulness and light-heartedness are taken seriously, and where love is invoked and expressed, without reductive or facile sentimentalism, in a full, nuanced, clear-eyed suspension/rejection of the cynical life.
‘Slowly Paradise’ is Eric Chenaux’s new solo record. It is a lovely collection of mostly long songs guided by soothing, buttery singing and bent, fried fretwork. It is arguably Chenaux’s most assured and essential solo work, building on the critical acclaim his previous releases ‘Guitar And Voice’ and ‘Skullsplitter’ have rightly garnered. Thanks for listening.

While he has called Paris home for the past few years, Eric Chenaux was a fixture of DIY and experimental music in Toronto throughout the 1990s and 2000s – from local postpunk legends Phleg Camp and Lifelikeweeds towards a highly distinctive technical and gestural mastery of amplified acoustic guitar. An intrepid explorer of free/improvised music, folkways, bent jazz, and sculptural sound, Chenaux began releasing solo and ensemble work in the 2000s, amidst incessant live performances as a central figure in Toronto’s fertile avant/improv scene, and as co-founder of the experimental music label Rat-drifting. Constellation has been home to Eric’s “solo” records since 2006 – a brilliant discography of adventurous, sumptuous, mostly languorous deconstructed folk, jazz and pop-influenced balladry rooted in the juxtaposition of Chenaux’s fried guitar playing and his gorgeously clear and lyrical singing voice. Eric composes and performs music for film, including the score for Esther May Campbells’s 2015 full length feature Light Years and various collaborations with filmmaker Eric Cazdyn, and contemporary dance, and collaborates on numerous sound installations with visual/sound artist Marla Hlady, including a recent residency at AVATAR in Quebec City with a release of field-performance recordings scheduled for 2018. Chenaux has also performed and recorded with many other artists over his 30- year career, including membership in Sandro Perri’s band, in duo with French musician Eloïse Decazes ( a celebrated 2017 release on three:four records), Pauline Oliveros, Martin Arnold, Allison Cameron, John Oswald, Michael Snow, Brodie West, Han Bennink, Michael Moore, Josephine Foster, Martin Tetrault, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, Kurt Newman, Wilbert De Joode, Gareth Davis, Jacob Wren, Norberto Lobo, Nathaniel Mann and Christine Abdelnour.

LINE-UP
Eric Chenaux : Guitar, Vocals

LINKS

PRESS

DISCOGRAPHIE

  • Slowly Paradise

    Constellation Records2018
    CD / LP / digital
  • Skullsplitter

    Constellation Records2015
    CD / LP / digital
  • Your Victorian Breasts (V/A)

    three:four records2013
    LP + digital (limited)
  • Guitar & Voice

    Constellation Records2012
    CD / LP / digital
  • The Sentimental Moves (with Radwan Ghazi Moumneh)

    Grapefruit Records2012
    LP limited edition
  • Eloïse Decazes et Eric Chenaux

    Okraïna Records2012
    LP
  • Warm Weather With Ryan Driver

    Constellation Records2010
    CD / LP / Digital
  • Sloppy Ground

    Constellation Records2008
    CD / LP
  • Dull Lights

    Constellation Records2006
    CD / LP

CONTACT

Booking : amaury.muraillesmusic[at]gmail.com
Promo: promo.muraillesmusic[at]gmail.com