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QWAK club #17: Natalia Beylis + Sophie Cooper + YOKE

Surreal line-up comprised of some of the finest, most dedicated sonic voyagers from the weirdo underground.

Thu 28 September 2023 // 20:00

Tickets: £9 full / £6 concessions and low or unwaged

NATALIA BEYLIS is a musician and sound artist based in the North West of Ireland. Her art revolves somewhere between sonic story-teller and multi-instrumental explorer. She has released over 45 albums between solo works and collaborations and has appeared on numerous compilations. Her music parallels the lines of her surroundings: bird song, creaky trees, farm animals, the northwesterly breeze and rainfall. Lots and lots of rainfall.

While she regularly records on a variety of traditional instruments (mainly pianos, organs, keyboards and mandola), she often uses non musical sound sources in her compositions.. A recent release, ‘Variations on a Sewing Machine’ (Nyahh 007) she pushed a domestic sewing machine to its sonic limits before its motor burned out and the machine caught fire.

In her live performances, Natalia layers seemingly incongruous sounds atop of each other to spawn strange juxtapositions and garbled parallels by exploring the sonic potentials of found objects, cassette tapes, field recordings, eerie mandola mantras and dreamscape piano voyage .

Natalia's latest two releases 'She Came Through the Window to Stand By The Door' and 'Library of Sticks' are available from Nyahh Records and Artsy Records. 'Mermaids', a new album of Electric Piano music was released on 1st Sept by Belfast based label Touch Sensitive.

"..a quietly hopeful and lushly engaging album, effortlessly enchanting in its stream of extended melodic thought and synaesthetic sound imagery." Boomkat

SOPHIE COOPER is a sound artist who Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//) refer to as “A crucial member of Yorkshire’s far-reaching experimental music scene”. Sophie’s practice pivots around new presentations of acoustic instrumentation (primarily the trombone) with electronics, challenging conventions around composition, text placement and performance. Sophie Cooper will be bringing her trombone noise songs down, her vocals emerge from dense textural noisy trombone loops, unexpected beauty from the tumultuous brass depths. 

YOKE - a dream combo of Bristol's wildest, most scrambled free players who together ooze waves of scalding sonic freedom. The youthful / far-from-fried quartet is comprised of Rebecca Sneddon (sax), Jo Kelly (bass), Robin Foster (percussion), Matthew Grigg (guitar). For fans of Borbetomagus, particularly jagged No Wave, when it all falls apart, Peter Brötzmann, foot tapping. Given the euphoric, universally agreeable heavenly racket these fine eggs consistently birth - they should be massive. Come hear and you can say you were there.


QWAK club is a carefully curated event series from The Cube Microplex, bringing eclectic avant garde sounds, visuals and performance together with a fun and inclusive atmosphere.

All ticket/door revenue goes to the artists and towards the upkeep of The Cube.