The duets of artists is in residency at Avatar to make field recording and sound performances.
Eric Chenaux and Marla Hlady sound out places by performing in sites and recording that place in a kind field-performance recording. Once back in the sound studio, Hlady’s spinning microphones are then used to perform the sound again.
Eric Chenaux is a guitarist, singer, improviser and composer based in Paris. Chenaux also composes and performs music for film and contemporary dance, and collaborates on numerous sound installations with visual/sound artist Marla Hlady and with filmmaker Eric Cazdyn. Chenaux has performed and recorded with many artists over his 25-year career, including Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, Eloise Decazes, Pauline Oliveros, John Oswald, Michael Snow, Brodie West, Han Bennink, Michael Moore, Josephine Foster, Martin Tetrault, Wilbert De Joode, Gareth Davis, Jacob Wren, Norberto Lobo and Nathaniel Mann. Chenaux has amassed a body of solo works across five albums on the Constellation label centering around his dextrous, fried guitar playing juxtaposed with a lyrical vocal style. He co-founded the Toronto-based experimental music label Rat-drifting.
Marla Hlady draws, makes sculpture, works with sites and sounds, and sometimes makes video. Hlady’s kinetic sculptures and sound pieces often consist of common objects (such as teapots, cocktail mixers, jars) that are expanded and animated to reveal unexpected sonic and poetic properties, often using a system-based approach to composition. Her work has been widely shown in solo and group performances in Canada, in the United States, in the United Kingdom, in Norway, and in Iceland. She sometimes collaborates with other artists. Hlady has a BFA from the University of Victoria and a MFA from the York University. She currently is an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Arts, Culture and Media, and is represented by Christie Contemporary.
Photo © Marla Hlady