Eric Chenaux - 12th April
'Skullspliter' was one of our favourite albums from the last couple of years and it's no secret that we've been working on bringing Eric over from Paris for some time. So it goes without saying that we're super excited about sharing this show with you. Not only that but we've invited Duncan Marquiss to join the bill. You'll be familiar with Duncan from the Phantom Band, however his solo work is something entirely different - think fragile, floating waves of processed guitar with some American Primitive style picking and some soaring slide, and you're not far off. We saw him in Glasgow last year and his set was truly something special.
Tickets are on sale now direct from the Tolbooth in person and online: http://culturestirling.org/events/golden-hum-presents-eric-chenaux/
All about Eric:
Having been an active player in Toronto experimental music circles with a host of group and collaborative works, Chenaux has more recently amassed a body of solo work across five albums on the Constellation label, centering around his dextrous, fried guitar playing as juxtaposed with a gorgeously lyrical vocal style. An ingenious recombinant use of traditional folk, psychedelic pop and consort music in earlier albums has over time evolved into a wholly uncategorisable form of balladry, shot through with a singular vernacular of guitar improvisation.
2015 saw Eric release Skullsplitter, perhaps the strongest document yet of the exquisite, poetical songcraft he snake-charms from the roiling and changeable sonic environments bedded beneath.
He has performed with Pauline Oliveros, John Oswald, Michael Snow, Brodie West, Han Bennink, Michael Moore, Josephine Foster, Wilbert De Joode, Gareth Davis, Jacob Wren and Norberto Lobo among many. Eric also composes and performs music for film and contemporary dance, and collaborates on numerous sound installations with visual/sound artist Marla Hlady.
“In the field of avant guitar wrangling, Chenaux’s style is genuinely distinctive…His latest is an(other) effortlessly lovely solo set that recalls John Martyn, Marc Ribot, Arthur Russell and the Hardanger fiddle tradition, as it weaves trippily between improve jazz, electronica, folk-drone and lounge balladry.” – Uncut
“Chenaux’s voice expands haunting, jazz-tuned melodies from the inside. His voice is weightless, haunting, alighting on words and phrases without putting pressure on them, then skittering up an octave or so for spectral climaxes.” – Dusted Magazine
“Ornette Coleman might call it harmolodic. Chenaux might call it an amazing background. His strings chime with all those thoughts at once… 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.” – Carl Wilson, Said The Gramaphone
All about Duncan:
Duncan Marquiss is an artist and musician based in Glasgow. He regularly plays guitar in The Phantom Band and Omnivore Demon. Recent collaborations include Musik/Reise (with Hans Joachim Irmler of Faust, members of Mogwai and Andrew Wake of The Phantoms) and he performed with Thor Harris and Friends on their last visit to Glasgow. Marquiss is currently developing his own instrumental music, which ranges from primitivist fingerpicking and bottleneck, to kosmische and minimalist drone.