I’ve often written about Eric Chenaux, a guitarist, singer, improviser and composer whose presence graced Toronto – and I mean that almost in the theological sense – for many years until his recent move to Paris. There’s bittersweetness in the fact that just as he left us, he released perhaps his finest set of recordings, and certainly the one that most purely distills his music, as indicated by the plainspoken title, Guitar and Voice (Constellation Records). This video is one of a series created for Chenaux’s music by Eric Cazdyn, who otherwise spends his time writing his way through a “non-moralizing critique of capitalism.” I would say, from this music’s negotiations with time, texture, “attack” and “release,” that the efforts of both Eric C.’s answer to that description.
This post marks the first installment of a new Back to the World feature, in which I’ll post a piece of music every Tuesday, matching Chris’s Monday “Little Boxes” (comics panels) and Margaux’s “Friday Pictures.” As of this week, our linksapalooza “Tea With Chris” moves to Thursdays, and every Wednesday one of us will have a more written-through post on whatever subject we choose. The result? Back to new content every week day, to make up for our more stop-and-start, sporadic 2011. Hope you’ll drop in often.