Chris Garneau with Special Guests Eduard Escoffet & Emily Ritz
La Belleza Dolorosa ― El País
This year, Chris Garneau embarks on a world tour with the first full-band performances in support of his new album “Yours”. We last heard from the enigmatic singer-songwriter on his 2013 release “Winter Games”, a deeply personal and nostalgic work written from the frozen pastures and decaying crops of a farm in upstate New York.
Yours is his most realized work to date—we see an artist grappling the reins and forcing us into his line of sight with the urgency of an active volcano. Produced in Lyon with Maxime Vavasseur and Benoit Bel, the album’s varied tones reflect Garneau’s nomadism, expanding his hushed folk with the resonance of psychedelia-fused dream pop; with a sound that is at once rich and gauzy, the album is a stunning collection of songs from a distinctive artist at the peak of his creative forces. Yours will be released on November 9.
Poet and cultural agitator. He has worked in different facets of poetry (visual and written poetry, installations, oral poetry, poetic action), but he has focused his interests on sound poetry and poetry readings. Apart from being involved in Barcelona’s counter-culture scene, he has also performed in poetry festivals and events all around Europe, in China, the United States, South Africa and many countries in Latin America.
He is a co-founder of the platform projectes poètics sense títol – propost.org (1996-2016). He was co-director of Barcelona Poesia (Barcelona International Poetry Festival) between 2010 and 2012, and director of PROPOSTA, a festival of sound poetry and contemporary poetry at the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (2000-2004).
He has published the poetry collections Gaire (2012), El terra i el cel (2013) and Menys i tot (LaBreu, 2017), as well as the artist’s book Estramps with Evru (2011). Has published two records with the electronic music band Bradien, Pols (2012) and Escala (2015). Also curated with Eugeni Bonet the film series Coming Soon on This Screen: Letterist Cinema, between Discrepancy and Revolt at the MACBA, Barcelona (2005). He is co-author of the theatre plays ¡Wamba va! (with Gerard Altaió, Josep Pedrals and Martí Sales, 2005), Puaj./Ecs.(with G. Altaió and J. Pedrals, 2005) and La Belbel Underground (with Carles Hac Mor and G. Altaió, 2006).
After nine years of living in northern California and developing her sound in bands such as Yesway and Honeycomb, Emily Ritz moved back home to upstate NY and began performing under her own name. This past spring she released her first solo album Pattern Recess, followed by a two month tour across the U.S. and back. The cover art for Pattern Recess and her music video for “Take It Back” were shot by Barcelona’s very own, Camila Falquez. Emily has just finished recording her next album and though her records have a very full sound, she continues performing mostly alone with her electric guitar managing to captivate audiences large and small with intricate instrumentation and haunting vocals.