Photo by Ben Willis

Photo by Ben Willis

“…bending between operatic and punk rock” - Audiofemme

“impossibly stunning” - Stereo Stickman

"[Koi] creates music that feels primal and futuristic at the same time” - Current Magazine


Alex Koi’s vocal and compositional style encompasses a versatility to be reckoned with. The artistry of her multiple projects and interdisciplinary collaborations has been propelling her as an innovative force in each indie rock, new music, jazz, and electronic music circles. She is the vocalist for art rock band saajtak and has shared stages with Xiu Xiu, My Brightest Diamond, Gaelynn Lea, Thollem McDonas, members of Swans, ONO, Electric Six, MC Kadence and more. Performances have included those at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, MOCaD, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, AS2F, AS220, and various venues across the country.

With improvisation as a foundational part of her practice, she utilizes electronic processing, extended technique, and her diverse musical influences in both solo and collaborative contexts to create a sound that has been called “impossibly stunning” [Stereo Stickman] and “primal and futuristic at the same time” [Current Magazine].

She has taught voice privately for over four years and has been a Teaching Artist with Ann Arbor’s premier performing arts presenter the University Musical Society (UMS). Additionally, she has conducted masterclasses at Carnegie Mellon University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the University of Merry Washington, and the University of Michigan, the latter from which she graduated with a Jazz Studies BMA in 2015. Originally from Pittsburgh, she is now based in New York City and Detroit.

Photos by Lizz Wilkinson

Photos by Lizz Wilkinson




9/21 - Ann Arbor - Ghoul School * basement show * [saajtak]

10/5 - Detroit - Light Box [Molly Jones Opera Performance I]

10/6 - Detroit - Light Box [Molly Jones Opera Performance II]

10/8 - Cleveland - TBA [saajtak]

10/9 - Pittsburgh - DAYTIME - Carnegie Mellon University

- EVENING - Babyland - Hodgepodge Series

10/18 - Saugatuck - Saugatuck Art Center / Exhibition Opening Party [saajtak]

10/19 - Detroit - Private Event

10/24 - Detroit - Outer Limits Lounge [saajtak]