Photo by Zackary Zweifler 


Alex Koi's vocal and compositional style encompasses a versatility to be reckoned with. From jazz to the avant-garde, industrial to operatic, experimental electronic to punk, her influences ring just as organically and significantly from one sonic world to the next. "Hauntingly beautiful, visceral, [&] enchanting", her music builds "toward some fantastic, nightmarish opera of sorts", (Current Magazine).

Koi developed a taste for improvisation and composition at an early age while recording sounds, song, screams, and poetry in the quiet quarters of her parents' linen closet. The artistry of her multiple projects and interdisciplinary collaborations has been propelling her as an innovative force in the Detroit creative music scene and beyond. She has shared stages with Xiu Xiu, Chris Bathgate, Gaelynn Lea, Laurie Amat, Alan Licht, and Tunde Olinaran. Performances have included those at the Detroit Institute of Arts, El Club (DET), TEDxUM, The Power Center for Performing Arts (ANN ARBOR), Machines with Magnets (PROV), Rhizome (D.C.), Shapeshifter Lab (NYC), Kung Fu Necktie (PHIL), Hobart and William Smith Colleges (GENEVA), and many more.

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Vocals + Keyboard / Alex Koi

Keyboard + Synth / Keaton Royer

Guitar / Jacob Schwandt

Saxophone / Jake Shadik

Bass / Joe Fee

Drums / Ian Gold 

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"Alex Koi doesn’t just perform music, she embodies it. She has a quiet confidence offstage and the kind of commanding presence onstage that can hold the rapt attention of an audience, whether she’s singing jazz or indie electronic. She says her mind is bursting with melodies that seem effortlessly articulated, as if they always existed." - The Michigan Daily

"[Koi] creates music that feels primal and futuristic at the same time; hauntingly beautiful, visceral, enchanting… she’s using her voice as an instrument in powerful and provocative ways, intricately overlaying ambient synths and sequenced beats to build toward some fantastic, nightmarish opera of sorts."   - Current Magazine







Demo tape coming out soon!  


8/4 - Sidewalk Festival for Performing Arts


Collaborative Performances

8/23 - Detroit - in collaboration with James Cornish Ensemble - DSO Cube - Strange Beautiful Music X

9/6 - Columbus - in collaboration with Molly Jones + Joo Won Park - Fuse Factory: Frequency Fridays

all saajtak dates at www.saajtak.com/live



Video made possible by Empty Mug Records and The Michigan Daily.