CIAN

Cian was founded by Liz Ruvalcaba and Eliud Ernandez as a need for creative escape, strongly inspired by the work of Steve Lawson. This happened while they were taking a break from their respective projects. 

Without any formal intensions, Cian decided to work on their own versions of important songs in their career. The arrangements, based in bass guitar and vocal loops, which start out simplistically, becoming more complex throughout the song.  

Unexpectedly, these versions were well received and used by different artists.

Jorge Alvelais, a pioneer in Progressive Rock in Mexico, challenged and supported them to record their first full-length album, which is currently in production. While doing this, they have published a couple of songs in different places. This work is heard in Spain and receives great feedback. An Italian artist and acoustic/visual researcher uses Cian's loop arrangement 'Mercy Street', a Peter Gabriel song, in a piece of art dedicated to the city of Naples after having suffered a big fire. 

USA DJ, Ron Shayler, plays Cian’s version of the old Irish rebel song 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley' on FM radio and experimental musician Bill Austin takes Cian's music as an example in web forums about looping. 

This totally changed the way they worked and CIAN was established as a new creative entity; an entity that seeks, explores and builds, whilst looking for its own identity and growth. 

 

The members:

Liz Ruvalcaba (Vocals/Loops)

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Liz started her music education at the age of 7, at the University of Guadalajara, under the tutelage of pianist Eva Perez Plazola, and was a soloist voice at the Ars Children Choir for 4 years.

Besides CIAN, Liz is a part of a varied range of Mexican music, jazz and rock bands. She is founder of the Mistura Choir, where the main goal is the promotion of Gregorian Chant, Polyphony and Ecclesiastical Mexican composers. She is also director of a collective with the same name that includes a wide range of contemporary music genres. 

Eliud Ernandes (Bass/Loops) 

Eliud started arranging and composing for small ensembles at the age of 13 and participated in a recording for Yamaha Mexico, obtaining his special recognition from Japan. This encouraged him to participate in another contest with an original arrangement where he won first place, receiving a chance to participate with musicians from all of Latin America. He then received an invitation from the Mexican Consulate in Houston to perform during the Independence celebration. 

He listens to Miles, Corea, Jaco and Metheny, as well as experimental rock, electronic music and the work of writer Julio Cortazar, who is considered, by Eliud, to be his greatest influence. 

Currently Eliud is a member of the Caida Libre and Koffe Tauk trios, musical director for Pilar Reyes Project and bass player at Berthe Trépat.

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inicia como una necesidad de escape creativo entre Liz Ruvalcaba y Eliud Ernandes, inspirados fuertemente en el trabajo de Steve Lawson, durante un tiempo en que ambos coinciden en un descanso de sus diferentes proyectos.

Sin pretensiones formales, deciden hacer una serie de versiones propias a temas que los han formado en su carrera, con base en 'loops' de bajo eléctrico y voz; construyendo los temas a partir de lo más primitivo y creciendo en complejidad.

Sin buscarlo, estas versiones son ovacionadas y utilizadas por diferentes artistas. Jorge Alveláis, pionero del Rock Progresivo en México los reta e impulsa a grabar un primer disco formal que se encuentra en proceso. A la vez publica un par de temas en diversos foros llegando a oídos españoles con muy buenas reseñas. Por otro lado, el artista e investigador acústico/visual italiano Maurizio Splend, utiliza el arreglo a 'Mercy Street', original de Peter Gabriel, dentro de una obra dedicada a la ciudad de Nápoles, luego de un gran incendio sufrido en esta ciudad. En EEUU, el DJ Ron Shayler transmite 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley' por radio abierta en FM, y el músico experimental Bill Austin utiliza la música de CIAN como ejemplo en diversos foros sobre 'looping'. 

Esto produce un cambio en la forma de hacer su trabajo, y los lleva a establecer CIAN como un nuevo ente creativo; uno que busca, explora, construye. A darle identidad propia, permitirle jugar, crecer, establecerse.

Liz Ruvalcaba (Voz/Loops)

Originaria de Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, inicia su formación musical a la edad de 7 años dentro del curso infantil de la Universidad de Guadalajara, estudiando piano con la Maestra Eva Pérez Plazola.  Al mismo tiempo es solista en el Coro de Niños de Ars, durante 4 años.

Actualmente, forma parte además, de diversos grupos de música mexicana, rock y jazz. Es fundadora del Coral Mistura, dedicado a la difusión del Canto Gregoriano y Polifonía, así como obra de compositores mexicanos de música sacra. Dirige el Colectivo del mismo nombre, incluyendo distintos géneros musicales contemporáneos, y prepara su primer producción discográfica.

Eliud Ernandes (Bajo/Loops) 

A los 13 empieza a componer y arreglar para pequeños ensambles, participa en una grabación para Yamaha de México, obteniendo un reconocimiento especial de Japón. Esto lo impulsa a concursar en otro festival a nivel nacional con un arreglo original, donde obtiene el primer lugar y compite después con músicos de América Latina, recibiendo luego una invitación por parte del Consulado de México en Houston, Texas, para participar en la Ceremonia del Grito celebrada en aquella ciudad.

Se acerca más a Miles, Corea, Jaco y Metheny, así como al rock experimental, la música electrónica y la obra de Julio Cortázar, a quien considera hasta la fecha como su influencia más fuerte. 

Actualmente es integrante de los tríos de jazz Caída Libre y Koffë Tauk, director musical del Pilar Reyes Project, y bajista en Berthe Trépat.

 

 

 

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