Natalia Beylis

Natalia Beylis's work revolves somewhere between sonic story-teller, composer and multi-instrumental musician. In her recordings and performances she layers seemingly incongruous sounds atop of each other to spawn strange juxtapositions and garbled parallels. The Garden Of Paradise, her most recent cassette with fellow improviser Agathe Max, is described in a review by The Quietus as “an exceptional tape of instrumental incantations and explorations”. Her releases with her band Woven Skull have garnered similar praise and, in addition to frequent collaborations she also runs Sofia Records and has a monthly programme, Sunken Transmissions, on Dublin Digital Radio. In a live performance, Beylis may manipulate cassette tapes or tell stories over the sound of wind-up toys interacting on a floor tom or simply play improvisations on swooshed-out electric piano. She is just as likely to create loosely controlled audience participatory experiences through the use of interactive sound stations while the noise of bird wing fluttering emanates through the room. Everyday in 2019 at 12 pm and 6 pm, you can tune into ddr to hear the rebroadcast of her year long sound diary project, The Sunken Hum. Beylis is currently seeking out Kilstosheen. She hopes this quest will provide some answers for what the future may hold.