Live Performance

Oxford Contemporary Music, 2021. Credit: Ross Harrison.

I perform improvised hardware-only live sets using synthesisers, sometimes incorporating laser oscilloscope visuals. I bring my experimental take on vocal sampling, blending it with vintage drum sounds and Minimalist-inspired melodies: building up from abstract soundscapes into powerful beat workouts backed by kaleidoscopes of interlocking and repeating patterns.

I also improvise as OULAN with poet-vocalist Una Lee.

FORTHCOMING – 

19 June 2022, First Light Festival, Lowestoft – ‘Group A’ performance

9 September 2022, Suffolk, UK – TBC

23 September 2022, Norwich Arts Centre – hardware liveset

20 October 2022, Think Tank, Ipswich – sound, laser, video

2022 performances

HARK Presents JANUS RASMUSSEN + LOULA YORKE – 16 January 2022 – Improvised live modular for HARK at Norwich Arts Centre.

FRAZER MERRICK + OULAN – 8 February 2022 – Improvised live modular + voice with Una Lee at Colchester Arts Centre.

SAM DUNSCOMBE + OULAN – 14 February 2022 – Improvised live modular + voice with Una Lee at  Cafe Oto, London.

OULAN – 24 February 2022 – Improvised live modular + voice with Una Lee for the ‘Music At Queen’s’ lunchtime concert series at Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast. Watch here.

Deliaphonic Festival 2022 – *Appearance cancelled due to Covid*

HIRO KONE + LOULA YORKE + FUCK AUTHORITY – 7 April 2022 – Improvised live modular for Go To Records at Strange Brew, Bristol.

HARK, 2022. Credit: Una Lee.

2021 performances

Sonic Electronics Festival – 27 Feb 2021 – Improvised live modular and laser performance piece, ‘The Why-Axis’, curated by artist Laura Netz as part of the IKLECTIK [offsite] livestreaming program for Iklectik Arts Lab in London. Watch here.

Oxford Contemporary Music x Upcycled Sounds – 6 April 2021 – Improvised live modular and laser performance filmed live in Oxford Covered Market. Film released 29 September 2021. Watch here

INTERACT Live – 26 June 2021 – Improvised sounds on Yamaha CS-60 under the name of 2021: A Synth Odyssey. Invite-only performance at Lightbox Gallery, LDB Depot, Leicester. Watch here

BEATRICE NICHOLAS + LOULA YORKE – 25 July 2021 – Live performances at Old Jet, Suffolk. Featuring a collaboration between the two artists on Satie’s Gymnopedie series.

Proxy Bodies – 24 September 2021 – Live sonic response to the Proxy Bodies exhibition at Hamilton MAS, Felixstowe.

ATARI PUNK GIRLS @ SPILL Festival of Performance – 30 October 2021, St Clement Church, Ipswich

LOULA YORKE + IGGOR CAVALERA + ANAM CARA – 12 November, IKLECTIK Arts Lab, London SE1

2020 performances

THREADS #01 – 27 Feb 2020 – Live modular performance at The Rose Hill, Brighton

NoiseQuest #02 – 9 April 2020 – Intimate improvised live modular performance from my kitchen for livestream series curated by sound artist Graham Dunning. Watch here

TOPH Housebound #10 – 29 May 2020 – Hybrid video work and improvised live modular performance for a livestream series curated by The Old Police House, Gateshead. ‘What I Do In The Shadows’ is a 20-minute piece in black and white using light and shade to explore the role of ‘windows’ (both AFK and digital) in our new multi-screen lives. (Later archived by the LockEast YouTube channel). Watch here

Further_In – 19 June – Hybrid video work and improvised live modular performance with water and hydrophones. ‘When Black People Are In Pain, White People Join A Book Club‘ is a 20-minute piece exploring the role of Instagram posts in anti-racist activism and information-sharing in the UK and the US. CW: clip of Angela Davis describing the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama by white supremacists. Watch here

SonitusLIVE #07 – 17 July 2020 – Improvised live modular performance incorporating laser and sound, together with long-time collaborator Dave Stitch as our alter ego, TR-33N. Watch here

Sound City Ipswich – 3 October 2020 – Live modular performance of Crowd Control Vol 1 from the broadcast studio at The Smokehouse. 20-minute piece examining the impact of surveillance capitalism on social justice activism. Experiments with signal and noise. First solo show incorporating live synchronous laser visuals. Watch here

TUSK Virtual 2020 – 10 October 2020 – Hybrid video work, synchronous laser installation and live modular performance of Crowd Control Vol 1. Watch here. Full details about the concept here.

CV FREQS Online – 5 December 2020 – Improvised live modular performance incorporating DIY webcam filters made using browser-based video synthesis platform ‘hydra’. Afterparty for the Shakmat online modular synth build. Watch here

SonitusLIVE x ORAMS – 17 December 2020 – Improvised live modular performance incorporating DIY webcam filters made using browser-based video synthesis platform ‘hydra’. Part of the livestream showcase for The Oram Awards 2020 awardees. Watch here

2019 performances

TALVIN SINGH + LOULA YORKE – 30 Jan 2019 – Live modular performance of material from ysmysmysm at the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket, Suffolk, for Independent Venue Week. Solo support.

SINK YA TEETH + LOULA YORKE + SORRDES – 1 March 2019 – Live modular performance of material from ysmsmysm at The Smokehouse Presents series.

LOULA YORKE + TAZ COBALT – 23 March 2019 – Live modular performance at Shoe Factory, Norwich. Afterparty for the Atari Punk Girls workshops in partnership with Norwich and Norfolk Sound Art Collective.

LOULA YORKE + PYPT LIM – 27 April 2019 – Live modular performance of ambient electronics at Space Studios, Norwich at Dreamspace, curated by techno artist, Luke Sanger.

Electropixel9 – 5 July 2019 – Live modular performance at Shoe Factory, Norwich for ELECTROPIXEL INTERNATIONAL – a series of events forming a network of action over 2 months which proposes to engage different places across European cities, to present artistic forms in movement. For this 9th edition, Apo33 plans to create an extended version of the festival in Nantes and elsewhere.

ALEX PATERSON (THE ORB) + LOULA YORKE – 6 July 2019 – Live modular performance at Colchester Arts Centre, Essex. Solo support.

ALISSA DE RUBEIS (US) + MARTA SMILGA (LA) + LOULA YORKE (UK) – 19 July 2019 – Live modular performance for Brighton Modular Festival at The Rose Hill, Brighton. After party for ‘Ladies of Modular’ gender and music tech roundtable and DIY build, funded by Feminist Approaches to Computational Technology network, Sussex Humanities Lab: University of Sussex.

AJA + PHANTOM CHIPS + LOULA YORKE + A’BEAR – 26 July 2019 – Live modular performance at Colchester Arts Centre, Essex.

CV FREQS XII – 7 December 2019 – Live modular performance for a showcase of modular synth builders and designers at House of Vans, South Bank, London.