"Saajtak brings meaning to each moment as they perform - effervescent, ethereal, and completely drool-worthy. One of our favorite bands in SE Michigan."
- Detroit Bureau of Sound
"Saajtak live smelts its sonic influences into a maelstrom almost orchestral in nature and theatrical in its depth."
- Sonic Circuits
"Polyrhythmic grooves, effervescent textures, operatic vocals — these are just some of the building blocks of saajtak. When combined, the atmosphere is nothing short of explosively haunting — a miasma of emotive force and unpredictable compositions."
- Metro Times
"Funky glitch jazz, with soaring expression-vocals. Fist-in-glove-tight rhythm section, and dazzling keyboard work with a wide range of sonic textures. This band has just begun to take flight, and I expect them to grow as they go. Don't miss Saajtak if you've a chance to see them live!"
- Jim Dwyer, co-owner Encore Records, Ann Arbor
"Easily one of the most original, captivating live bands I've seen in a long time...Witnessing the group fuse their powers together and lock into their form of magic is nothing short of astounding. I just can't even imagine how their songs and performances come together."
- Paul Simpson, Music Director at WCBN-FM
saajtak is a Detroit-based avant-rock quartet. Channeling the textural experimentalism of electronic music, the drive and energy of punk rock, the catharsis of tragic opera, and the urgency of polymetric grooves, they create a ritualistic sonic experience. saajtak has created a repertoire of compositions that range from complex epic forms to short frenetic noise pieces. The quartet is constantly developing auditory and audiovisual environments that defy genre and entrance listeners, evident in the diversity of acts they've shared the stage with. That list includes Xiu Xiu, Laurie Amat, Gaelynn Lea, Alec Redfearn and the Eyesores, Alan Licht, and more. This September will be their debut at both Strange Beautiful Music, the biggest festival of contemporary music in the Midwest, and Sonic Circuit's Festival for Experimental Music in Washington, D.C.
saajtak was formed in late 2014 by vocalist Alex Koi, electronic artist Simon Alexander-Adams, and drummer Jon Taylor, and later joined by bassist Ben Willis. Each member is an avid composer, improviser, and performer, with shared affinity for experimental music and sound art. saajtak merges multiple musical streams to form a unique collective vision. Individually, the members of saajtak have performed with My Brightest Diamond, Brian Ritchie of the Violent Femmes, Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Liebman, Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, Michael Formanek, Jaribu Shahid, the members of Wolf Eyes, and more.
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