Eric Chenaux

NEWS


BIO

Following the release of Eric Chenaux’s last album Say Laura (2022), The Guardian wrote “the Canadian songwriter has one of the all-time great singing voices in popular music, an intensely romantic Chet Baker-ish instrument that seems to float with piercing direction, like a paper aeroplane thrown hard through mist.” With Uncut describing his songcraft “as delicate and lovely as a rare orchid” and Record Collector praising the album’s “sublime alien balladry” such are the accolades that have accrued to Chenaux’s unique and consummately uncompromising solo music for well over a decade now.

Delights Of My Life opens a new chapter for the singer/guitarist and formally introduces the Eric Chenaux Trio, with Toronto-based musicians Ryan Driver on Wurlitzer organ and Phillipe Melanson on electronic percussion. Driver is a longtime collaborator, appearing on several of Chenaux’s solo albums (even embedded into the very title of the 2010 masterpiece Warm Weather With Ryan Driver). Melanson has a long list of involvements that include Bernice, Joseph Shabason, and U.S Girls, and a recent release with his Impossible Burger project on Chenaux’s own experimental label Rat-drifting, but this marks the first fulsome involvement between the two as players on a recording.

In many ways Delights Of My Life also picks up right where Chenaux’s previous album left off, in its subversions of a classic, timeless jazz-inflected balladry, while the interplay of the trio formation indeed unfurls many new delights. Recording together at Chenaux’s spartan home studio in rural France, Driver’s harmonically warped organ and Melanson’s electroacoustic sampling and percussion hold time in newfound ways. Where previously Chenaux relied on a freeze/sustain pedal and minimalist rhythmic triggers to generate both pulse and chordal foundations, Melanson now paints timekeeping with expressive and intricate colourations, through live deployments of fluid sampled percussion (including orchestral timbres like timpani, kettle drums, and woodblock) that blur the boundaries between acoustic and electronic. Driver also ramps up his role in the song arrangements (prefigured in his support playing on Say Laura), teasing out chords and melodic filigree on Wurlitzer that percolate more prominently with Chenaux’s signature fried guitar solos and succulent singing. Both trio members add dulcet backing vocals, most notably on the 10-minute tour-de-force of fuzzed and ring-modulated swing “This Ain’t Life” that opens the record. All seven songs on the album groove and sway, simmer and sparkle, like nothing in the inestimable Chenaux discography to date.

Chenaux’s tunes have the uncanny ability to sound like jazz standards; songs you feel you’ve heard before, though certainly never quite like this. Yet these are of course all originals, compositionally and interpretively, bent through an inimitable avant/out-music lens. Delights Of My Life conveys warm familiarity, shot through with the exuberantly experimental subversion and playful, even mischievous, iconoclasm that continues to mark Chenaux as defiantly, virtuosically, and genially one-of-kind.

 

LINE-UP

Solo :
Eric Chenaux: guitar, vocals

Trio :
Eric Chenaux: vocals, electric guitar
Ryan Driver: wurlitzer, vocals
Philippe Melanson: electronic percussion, vocals


LINKS


PRESS


CONTACT

Booking : François Montjosieu
Promo : Varvara Papaspanopoulou


TAGS

#actualite

DISCOGRAPHIE

  • Delights Of My Life

    Constellation / Murailles Music2024
    LP / CD / Digital
    Buy
  • Say Laura

    Constellation / Murailles Music2022
    LP / CD / Digital
    Buy
  • Hello Eyes

    ULYSSA2022
    K7, Digital
  • 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

Past shows

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  • DateCountryCityVenuewith 
  • 22/06/2024Grande-BretagneBristol (UK)Strange BrewMolly Linen, Danny Rileyinfos event
  • 01/06/2024FranceLe Mans (72)JAZZ TANGENTES (orga. Superforma) infos event
  • 26/05/2024Grande-BretagnePewsey (UK)Acid Horse Festival, The Barge Inn event
  • 16/02/2024FranceParis (75)Café Comets event
  • 29/11/2023FranceSurvilliers (95)Théâtre des Bergeries (orga. Espace Germinal)infos event
  • 28/11/2023FrancePuiseux-en-France (95)Salle Maurice Béjart (orga. Espace Germinal)infos event
  • 09/11/2023FranceTulle (19)Des Lendemains Qui Chantentinfos event
  • 07/10/2023FranceNembro (IT)Santuario della Madonna dello Zuccarelloinfos
  • 06/10/2023ItalieSan Zenone degli Ezzelini (IT)Villa Albrizzi Marini event
  • 01/10/2023ItalieBari (IT)Times Zone Festival - Officina degli Esordiinfos
  • 26/07/2023FranceSégur-le-château (19)La Ruelleinfos
  • 22/07/2023DanemarkFano (DK)Fano Free Folk Festivalinfos event
  • 22/06/2023FranceLyon (69)Le Périscopeinfos event
  • 20/06/2023ItalieCervia (IT)Lupo 340infos event
  • 18/06/2023ItalieBrescia (IT)Ground Music Festivalinfos event
  • 23/05/2023FranceMarseille (13)L'EmbobineuseJosef Van Wisseminfos event
  • 20/04/2023France Paris (75)Le ConsulatFrance Sauvageinfos event
  • 26/03/2023ItalieTerni (IT)Caos (Degustazioni Musicali)infos
  • 25/03/2023ItalieFlorence (IT)Sala Vanniinfos
  • 23/03/2023ItalieNapoli (IT)Sala Assoliinfos event
  • 18/02/2023FranceLa Réole (33)La Petite Populaireinfos event
  • 17/02/2023FranceParis (75)Chapelle XIV (Orga. Pieg) (ANNULÉ)Léonore Boulanger event
  • 16/02/2023FranceSaints-en-Puisaye (89) La Maison Composer infos
  • 09/12/2022Grande-BretagneLondon (UK)West Hampstead Arts Clubinfos event
  • 06/12/2022Grande-BretagneSheffield (UK)Bishops HouseJames Greeninfos event
  • 03/12/2022Grande-BretagneGlasgow (UK)The Old HairdressersAilie Ormston, Josh Thorpeinfos event
  • 02/12/2022Grande-BretagneEdinbourg (UK)Summerhallinfos event
  • 23/11/2022SuisseLausanne (CH)Standard / Deluxe (orga. L'association du Salopard)Gilles Poizatinfos event
  • 19/11/2022BelgiqueBruxelles (BE)Le Botanique - Rotondeinfos event
  • 02/11/2022ItalieMilano (IT)Spazio TeatroMary Lattimoreinfos event
  • 01/11/2022ItalieParme (IT)Borgo Santa Brigida 5/Ainfos
  • 30/10/2022ItalieRome (IT)Teatro Studio BorgnaBen Lamar Gay Ensemble
  • 16/10/2022FranceRodez (12)Musée Denys Puechinfos
  • 09/10/2022EspagneVic (ES)La Jazz Cavainfos event
  • 08/10/2022EspagneBarcelone (ES)Casa Montjuic (ex Sala Hiroshima)infos
  • 16/09/2022CanadaGuelph (CA)Guelph Jazz Festival, Heritage HallMusic & Dance duo with Aimée Dawn Robinsoninfos
  • 15/09/2022CanadaGuelph (CA)Guelph Jazz Festival, Royal City Missioninfos
  • 14/09/2022CanadaToronto (CA)Tranzac Southern Cross LoungeDrumheller
  • 13/09/2022CanadaToronto (CA)Tranzac Main HallRyan Driver, Phil Melanson
  • 09/09/2022CanadaMontréal (CA)Centre PHI, Espace Ainfos
  • 30/08/2022République TchèquePrague (CZ) Punctuminfos event
  • 29/08/2022AllemagneBerlin (DE) CassiopeiaMeagre Martininfos event
  • 30/07/2022PortugalCaldas da Rainha (PT) OSSO
  • 29/07/2022PortugalLisbon (PT) Festival Appleton, Terraço do Centro Cultural
  • 27/07/2022PortugalBragança (PT) Convento De São Franciso (orga. Dedos Bionicos) - Bragança (PT) event
  • 17/07/2022ItaliePanicale (IT) Effeto 48 [sunrise set]infos event
  • 17/07/2022ItalieL'Aquila (IT) Paesaggi Sonori [sunset set]infos event
  • 08/07/2022FranceRennes (35)Ferme de Quincéinfos event
  • 04/06/2022FranceNiort (79)Concert en appartement, orga La Dynamo event
  • 26/05/2022FranceNantes (44)Festival Wine Nat White Heat, Ateliers de BitcheJulián Mayorga, Kee Avil, Marion Cousin et Kaumwaldinfos event
  • 27/04/2022FranceLille (59)L'Aéronef (COMPLET)Hania Raniinfos event
  • 26/04/2022FranceFeyzin (69)L'Épicerie Moderne (COMPLET)Hania Raniinfos event
  • 24/04/2022FranceThiers (63)TBA
  • 13/04/2022FranceMontreuil (93)Les Instants ChavirésAshley Paul + RAY, James Stilton & Le Petit Ménestrel (DJ set)infos event
  • 01/04/2022FranceOrléans (45)« ça tricote au théâtre #3 » - Théâtre d'Orléans, salle Vitez (orga. Tricollectif)Furinfos event
  • 25/02/2022FranceErquery (60)La Grange ErqueryMood, Golem Mécaniqueinfos event
  • 23/10/2021FranceAlbi (81)Centre d'art Le Laitinfos event
  • 22/10/2021FranceTarnos (40)Eglise des ForgesAntoine Bellangerinfos event
  • 21/10/2021FranceBordeaux (33)Lieu secret
  • 19/09/2021FranceParis (75)Festival Vaille que Vaille, le Café de Paris (orga. collectif Pieg) (ANNULÉ)Fantôme event
  • 17/09/2021FranceToulouse (31)Le Printemps de Septembre, isdaTZombie Zombieinfos event
  • 04/09/2021SuisseNyon (CH)Festival Jazz au Peuple, Les Marchandisesinfos event
  • 20/06/2021FranceAlbi (81)Centre d'art le Laitinfos
  • 19/06/2021FranceDie (26)Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Die (ANNULÉ)infos
  • 12/12/2020FranceMontreuil (93)Webradio "Ça sent le sapin" (live streaming)infos
  • 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

events

NEWS

BIO

Following the release of Eric Chenaux’s last album Say Laura (2022), The Guardian wrote “the Canadian songwriter has one of the all-time great singing voices in popular music, an intensely romantic Chet Baker-ish instrument that seems to float with piercing direction, like a paper aeroplane thrown hard through mist.” With Uncut describing his songcraft “as delicate and lovely as a rare orchid” and Record Collector praising the album’s “sublime alien balladry” such are the accolades that have accrued to Chenaux’s unique and consummately uncompromising solo music for well over a decade now.

Delights Of My Life opens a new chapter for the singer/guitarist and formally introduces the Eric Chenaux Trio, with Toronto-based musicians Ryan Driver on Wurlitzer organ and Phillipe Melanson on electronic percussion. Driver is a longtime collaborator, appearing on several of Chenaux’s solo albums (even embedded into the very title of the 2010 masterpiece Warm Weather With Ryan Driver). Melanson has a long list of involvements that include Bernice, Joseph Shabason, and U.S Girls, and a recent release with his Impossible Burger project on Chenaux’s own experimental label Rat-drifting, but this marks the first fulsome involvement between the two as players on a recording.

In many ways Delights Of My Life also picks up right where Chenaux’s previous album left off, in its subversions of a classic, timeless jazz-inflected balladry, while the interplay of the trio formation indeed unfurls many new delights. Recording together at Chenaux’s spartan home studio in rural France, Driver’s harmonically warped organ and Melanson’s electroacoustic sampling and percussion hold time in newfound ways. Where previously Chenaux relied on a freeze/sustain pedal and minimalist rhythmic triggers to generate both pulse and chordal foundations, Melanson now paints timekeeping with expressive and intricate colourations, through live deployments of fluid sampled percussion (including orchestral timbres like timpani, kettle drums, and woodblock) that blur the boundaries between acoustic and electronic. Driver also ramps up his role in the song arrangements (prefigured in his support playing on Say Laura), teasing out chords and melodic filigree on Wurlitzer that percolate more prominently with Chenaux’s signature fried guitar solos and succulent singing. Both trio members add dulcet backing vocals, most notably on the 10-minute tour-de-force of fuzzed and ring-modulated swing “This Ain’t Life” that opens the record. All seven songs on the album groove and sway, simmer and sparkle, like nothing in the inestimable Chenaux discography to date.

Chenaux’s tunes have the uncanny ability to sound like jazz standards; songs you feel you’ve heard before, though certainly never quite like this. Yet these are of course all originals, compositionally and interpretively, bent through an inimitable avant/out-music lens. Delights Of My Life conveys warm familiarity, shot through with the exuberantly experimental subversion and playful, even mischievous, iconoclasm that continues to mark Chenaux as defiantly, virtuosically, and genially one-of-kind.

 

LINE-UP

Solo :
Eric Chenaux: guitar, vocals

Trio :
Eric Chenaux: vocals, electric guitar
Ryan Driver: wurlitzer, vocals
Philippe Melanson: electronic percussion, vocals

LINKS

PRESS

DISCOGRAPHIE

  • Delights Of My Life

    Constellation / Murailles Music2024
    LP / CD / Digital
    Buy
  • Say Laura

    Constellation / Murailles Music2022
    LP / CD / Digital
    Buy
  • Hello Eyes

    ULYSSA2022
    K7, Digital
  • 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

CONTACT

TAGS

#actualite