Eric Chenaux
Eric Chenaux experiments with ballads, songs, tunes, improvisations, guitars, very small speakers, The Reveries 1, The Draperies 2, Drumheller 3, Nightjars 4, The Guayaveras 5, The Allison Cameron Band 6, Eloïse Decazes 7, John Oswald 8, Michelle McAdorey 9, Aimée Dawn Robinson 10, Marla Hlady 11 and the curation of the Toronto-based recording label Rat-Drifting co-founded with Martin Arnold in 2002.

Solo recordings on the Montréal-based Constellation:
Guitar & Voice (2012)
Warm Weather With Ryan Driver (2010)
Sloppy Ground (2008)
Dull Lights (2006)

Chenaux has also collaborated regularly and extensively with fellow Constellation artist Sandro Perri, and appears on two of Perri's albums for the label, Plays Polmo Polpo (2006) and Tiny Mirrors (2007).

In the 1980s and 1990s Chenaux played rhythmically demented half-riffs with hoary post-punk band Phleg Camp and later wrote songs with the guitar duo Lifelikeweeds.

About Chenaux’s guitar playing, Carl Wilson writes: “Ornette Coleman might call it harmolodic. Chenaux might call it an amazing background. His strings chime with all those thoughts at once. I adore the way he teases out a melody, never beginning a phrase so much as joining one already in progress. The sound quivers and multiples such that I picture his strings fraying and sprouting into more strings, weeds, nests, marshes, frogs’ tongues, canceled coins, nickel pipes, drainage systems, catacombs, coral reefs…I could pick Chenaux’s guitar out of a lineup within a few woozy notes, because it’s no longer confined to the orthodox pluck, squawk and scrape of [Derek] Bailey-influenced guitar improv; instead it has absorbed Bailey’s open field of possibility into a love of song. And the songs are strong enough to take it”.

1 A psychedelic sweet-lounge trio (with Ryan Driver and Doug Tielli) who sing and play jazz standards with cellphone speakers placed in their mouths to amplify each others instruments. Martin Arnold writes, “experiencing it is like encountering delicate ultra-lounge psychedelia picked up form afar on a static ridden short-wave radio.” Blasé Kisses, Live in Bologna, Matchmakers: The Music of Willie Nelson (Rat-drifting).
2 The Draperies is another trio with Driver and Teilli. Improvise bitter-sweet polyphony.with synth, guitar, trombone and thumb-reeds. L’histoire du Chapeau (Rat-drifting)
3 Drumheller is a jazz quintet with Nick Fraser (drums), Rob Clutton (double bass), Doug Tielli (trombone), Brodie West (alto saxophone). Drumheller, Wives, Glint
(Rat-drifting). 4 Nightjars is a duet of contrapuntal minuets with Jason Benoit (banjo). The Natural Playmate (Rat-drifting).
5 The Guayavera is the national shirt of Puerto Rico, bountiful with embroidered ornaments, running through its characteristic four pockets. The Guayaveras (the band) currently play their tropical adornments with guitalele, toe-synth and thumbreeds, both outdoors and indoors. The Guayaveras (Rat-drifting).
6 Allison Cameron is a composer of mostly chamber music, an experimental performer and an amateur banjo player. While most of this bands music is original, several pieces borrow tablature notation from traditional/anonymous English folk tunes in a non-conformist manner, using re-tuned guitars and banjo, new rhythm, free rhythm and sometimes no rhythm to re-invent and create new pieces out of the old work. The Allison Cameron Band (Rat-drifting).
7 Eloïse Decazes and Eric Chenaux perform French medieval balladry with voice and guitar. Eloïse has been singing these songs for many years and also sings the in the Parisian based duo Arlt.
8 John Oswald is perhaps best known for his work in Plunderphonics but has been improvising with the alto sax for quite some time. This duet with Eric Chenaux has been playing intermittently for over ten years. As an improviser Chenaux has played with Han Bennink, Murray Favro, Michael Moore, Kurt Newman, Pauline Oliveros, John Oswald, Michael Snow, Rachel Wadham and Zack Wallace.
9 Michelle McAdorey is a Toronto based singer-songwriter who once wrote and sang for Crash Vegas. She now writes, lamenting ballads. Whirl (Queen of Cups), Love Don’t Change (Rat-drifting).
10 Aimée Dawn Robinson is an improvising dancer, writer/researcher and musician. Aimée and Eric performed at Tari 07 in Kuala Lumpur.
11 Marla Hlady is an artist who makes kinetic sculptures, sound pieces, video and drawing. Marla and Eric have collaborated on sound pieces and performances that use sound objects. Marla also created the artwork for Chenaux’s Dull Lights and Warm Weather With Ryan Driver.

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    Guitar & Voice
    Eric Chenaux  CD / 180gLP / DL

    Eric Chenaux "Amazing Backgrounds"

    Eric Chenaux "Put In Music" (Live)

    Eric Chenaux "Dull Lights"

    Eric Chenaux "Put In Music"

    Eric Chenaux "Warm Charleston"
    Guitar & VoiceEric Chenaux  CD / 180gLP / DL
    Warm Weather With Ryan DriverEric ChenauxCD / 180gLP / DL
    Sloppy GroundEric Chenaux   CD / 180gLP / DL
    Dull LightsEric Chenaux   CD / 180gLP / DL