BASED IN DETROIT
Vocalist | Composer | Improviser | Teacher
Jazz Studies B.M.A. with Voice Concentration | University of Michigan | Graduated December 2015
- Alex Koi
Compositions for live ensemble and studio recording.
- find the <Exits.
Solo improvisational project.
Opera-electronic band. Co-composer with electronic artist Simon Alexander-Adams, bassist Ben Willis, and drummerJonathan Taylor.
- Park / Jones / Koi Trio
Trio collaboration for electronics, saxophone, percussion, voice, drum machine, etc.
- Lisa LaMarre and Dancers
Improvisation/composition collaboration with choreographer and movement artist Lisa LaMarre and Co.
- James Cornish Ensemble
Vocals and electronics. Upcoming live video release.
Musical collaboration for dance film by Erin Wilson. Upcoming live video release.
- Julian Allen
Backup vocals for live video session.
- Matt Endhal's "Jacobs Ladder Project"
Vocals. Upcoming CD release.
- MC Kadence
- Polyfold Musical Arts Collective
- University Musical Society Teaching Artist (Las Cafeteras), January - March 2019.
- University of Michigan Music Con Panelist, Participant on "Beyond the Medium" Panel, March 2017
- Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center, September 2016 - Present
Vocal and Music Instructor. Teaches private lessons and advanced high school classes. - Expressions Music Academy, May 2017 - February 2019.
Voice and Piano Instructor
- Hobart and William Smith Colleges, March 2016
Guest Artist. Taught masterclass in vocal jazz. Visited composition and musicology classes.
- Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), May - August 2015
Public Programming and Education Internship.
- "What Work Is"
Improvised Opera by James Cornish Ensemble featuring Alex Koi. Based on poem "What Work Is" by US Poet Laureate, Philip Levine. Performed at the DSO Cube. COMING SOON.
saajtak Spokes EP, Released independently March 2017. All songs written by saajtak. Vocal parts and lyrics by Alex Koi.
Channeling the textural experimentalism of electronic music, the catharsis of tragic opera, the growl of punk rock, and the urgency of polymetric grooves, saajtak “smelts its sonic influences into a maelstrom almost orchestral in nature and theatrical in its depth” (Sonic Circuits, Washington, D.C.)
find the <Exits.
Alex Koi's solo project, <find the Exits., is grounded in improvisatory idea and navigates self-referentialism, consciousness, gender, and nature. Utilizing looping methods, distortions, and alternative mediums, she creates a hypnotic atmosphere that breathes with its audience, communicating to the ear and to the body with both heavy, pulsating vibrations and tinkling considerations. Notable travels of <find the Exits. have included a performance at the 2013 International Society for Improvised Music's New York City Conference, a seating as Guest Artist at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in March 2016, and a performance at the 2016 Detroit Free Arts Music Fest.
Collaborations with movement artists have included those with Lisa LaMarre and Dancers, Dance in the Annex, Rachael Ahn Harbert, Amy Wilson, Ryan Meyers-Johnson, Kristi Faulkner, and more. Performances have taken place at the Detroit Institute of Arts, ArtPrize, Spread Art, the Wealthy Theater in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Artist Village in Brightmoor in conjunction with Culture Lab Detroit, and elsewhere across Michigan. Koi has also performed live improvisations for film, the latest of which was Erin Wilson's dance film "Chanti" in conjunction with ArtPeers.
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