©Photos by Noé Cauderay
Taking contemporary jazz and cutting it to pieces with a techno-indus blade, math rock scalpel, overlapping tempos and rhythmical breaks gleaned from Meshuggah, one foot in Area 51, the other in the underground passageways of Stranger Things, meet QONIAK.

Photo ©Noé Cauderay


Our release "MUTATIO" is out on the amazing label Hummus Records. Great music, awesome people.
Proud and honoured to be part of the family.


Selected past concerts


June 7 Bienne, First Friday @ LitCafé
June 1 Bienne, Micro Festival
January 18 Bienne, Le Commerce
January 13 Bienne, Le Singe


December 14 Chur, JazzChur @ Marsoel die Bar
December 12 St-Gallen, Himmel Helvetia @ Helvetiastrasse
October 5 Frauenfeld, Generations Festival
October 6 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Bikini Test
Mai 26 Vitznau, Vitznauerhof
June 1 Vevey, l'Oriental


Decembre 14 Bienne, Café du Commerce
Septembre 24 Bienne, Carré Noir
July 2 Bienne, La Barbarie
Mai 14 Saignelégier, BFM
April 30 Genève, AMR
April 29 Sion, Point 11
April 7 Cully, Jazz Festival
February 26 Bienne, Le Singe, Duo Festival


August 21 Neuchâtel, Rikiki Festival
August 28 Sonvilier, Toxoplasmose Festival
September 18 Yverdon, Amalgame (Oiseaux-Tempête support)
September 25 Genève, AMR Festival @ Point Favre, Chêne-Bourg
June 18 Live radio broadcast, Live @ Couleur3


September 18th Farel, Bienne
January 25th Coupole, Bieler Music Days Festival, Bienne


November 30th Le Cabinet, Genève
September 15th Chäsi, Gysenstein
August 18-27th UNIVERSUS @ Badenfahrt 2017, Baden
June 9th Festival les Athénéennes, Geneva
April 29th Le Singe, Bienne
March 16th Café du Commerce, Bienne
January 28th Bieler Music Days, Bienne


September 3rd Willisau Jazz Festival, Late Spot
July 12th Pod'Ring Festival, Biel/Bienne

April 25th - May 8th, Argentinian Tour
feat. Franco Fontanarrosa

April 27th Workshop @ Doyo Estudio, Buenos Aires
April 28th Bisellia, Campana
April 29th Roseti Hall, Caba
April 30th Biblioteca Argentina, Rosario
Mai 1st El Taller Casa de Arte, Santa Fe
Mai 3rd Centro Cultural Municiapal, Rafaela
Mai 4th Workshop @ Bermuda Studio, Rosario
Mai 5th El Salón, Junín
Mai 6th La Mulata, La Plata
Mai 7th Roseti Hall, Caba

April 16th Schlagzeug @ Cully Jazz Festival
February 26th Bern, Jazzwerkstatt Festival


October 27th Zürich, Das Institut

June-July 2015, MuzEnergo Tour (RU) :
June 30
July 1
July 2
July 3
July 4
July 6
July 7
July 8
July 9
July 10
July 11
July 12
July 13
July 14
July 15
Samara, DKZH
Ufa, Concert Hall
Satka, DK Stroitel
Chelyabinsk, State Phirmonics (Prokofiev Hall)
Yekaterinburg, as a part of EverJazz festival
Tyumen, Philharmonic Hall
Golyshmanovo, DK Yunost
Omsk, Philharmonic Hall
Kargat (Novosibirsk region), DK Gorkogo
Chulym (Novosibirsk region), RDKD
Kemerovo, KemGU Concert Hall
Novosibirsk, Campus
Barnaul, Altai Region Philharmonic Hall
Berdsk (Novosibirsk region), GDK
Tomsk, State University Culture Center

May 9th Bern, Sonarraum
May 27th Zurich, Schönegg Variété


QONIAK's 2nd album

Recorded at Artefax Studios, Lausanne, by Antoine Etter
Mixed by David Odlum
Mastered by April Golden, Golden Mastering, Ventura California
All compositions by Vincent Membrez
Artwork by H1 Reber, Büro Destruct, Bern
©2020, Hummus Records, HUMM080

First a furious hard-hitting beat, metronomic and obstinate, biting and dislocating. Then one hell of a funky-technoide riff sets in, played on a vintage Moog. Having burnt some rubber, QONIAK can now let rip. And for Vincent Membrez (synth) and Lionel Friedli (drums), “letting rip” means acting like slightly nutty Siamese scientists in a secret lab, randomly turning knobs on a Pro-One 80’s keyboard to see what happens; taking contemporary jazz and cutting it to pieces with a techno-indus blade, math rock scalpel, overlapping tempos and rhythmical breaks gleaned from Meshuggah. With one foot in Area 51, the other in the underground passageways of Stranger Things, “we experiment flat out”, proclaim QONIAK! And desire does the rest.


QONIAK's debut album

Feat. Flo Stoffner, guit
& Joy Frempong, vocals
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Julien Fehlmann @ Studio Mécanique, La Chaux-de-Fonds
©2013, Everest Records, ER052

"Sentient Beings" is a yet unidentified object where the duo's crazy experimental avant-garde textures meets the beautiful and unexpected chants of Joy Frempong and the astral soundscapes guitar playing of Flo Stoffner. The quartet bypasses musical boundaries and take you to an intense trip to a parallel world where you might encounter both Yoda and Cpt. Spock under LSD, playing an unrestrained game of Pong.

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