Eric Chenaux

While he has called Paris home since 2011, Eric Chenaux was a fixture of the Toronto DIY and experimental music scenes throughout the 1990s and 2000s, progressing from post-punk groups like Phleg Camp and Lifelikeweeds towards a highly distinctive melodic and idiosyncratic mastery of guitar in solo and small ensemble contexts. He co-founded the experimental music label Rat-drifting in 2002, documenting an iconoclastic cross-section of Toronto free-improvised, contemporary composers, bent-jazz and avant-song artists over the ensuing decade, including several ensembles in which he is a member (The Draperies, The Reveries, The Guayaveras, The Marmots, Allison Cameron Band, Drumheller, Nightjars). Chenaux developed practices through this period experimenting with improvisation and form, very small speakers and various innovative bespoke forms of signal bending. Constellation has been home to Eric’s “solo” records since 2006.


Eric composes and performs music for film, including the score for Esther May Campbell’s 2015 full length feature Light Years and various collaborations with filmmaker Eric Cazdyn, 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 musicians over his 30-year career, including Sandro Perri, Ryan Driver, in duo with Eloïse Decazes, Pauline Oliveros, Martin Arnold, Allison Cameron, John Oswald, Michael Snow, Brodie West, Han Bennink, Michael Moore, Baby Dee, Josephine Foster, Martin Tetrault, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, Kurt Newman, Little Annie, Wilbert De Joode, Gareth Davis, Jacob Wren, Norberto Lobo, Nathaniel Mann, Marisa Terzi and Christine Abdelnour.