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 writes multi-sectional, original compositions for her eponymous project and is one-fourth of the glitch-electronic ensemble saajtak along with Simon Alexander-Adams, Ben Willis, and Jonathan Taylor.
A sought-after collaborator, she has worked with artists across the creative board including electronic artist Joo Won Park, Detroit improvising musician James Cornish, hip-hop artist MC Kadence, and multiple dance soloists and ensembles across Michigan. She has shared stages with Xiu Xiu, Gaelynn Lea, Vicky Chow, New Music Detroit, and more, with performances at the DSO Cube, Trinosophes, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Power Center for Performing Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art and across the country.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Koi moved to Detroit after graduating from the University of Michigan with a Jazz Studies B.M.A. with Voice Concentration in 2015.
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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
8/4 - Detroit - Sidewalk Festival for Performing Arts - Alex Koi Project
8/23 - Detroit - DSO CUBE - in collaboration with James Cornish Ensemble
9/17 - Washington, D.C. - Rhizome - Sonic Circuits Festival for Experimental Music - saajtak
9/24 - Detroit - MOCAD - with saajtak
10/6 - Columbus - Park / Jones / Koi Trio
10/13 - Ann Arbor - Encore Records - saajtak
11/11 - Milwaukee - Cactus Club - saajtak
11/13 - Pontiac - The Crofoot - saajtak