"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, Washington, D.C.
"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
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.) With a repertoire of compositions that range from complex epic forms to short frenetic noise pieces and a heavy incorporation of improvisation, the quartet is constantly developing environments that defy genre and the traditional roles of each instrument. This vastness of influence and appeal is evident in the diversity of acts they have shared the stage with, including Xiu Xiu, Gaelynn Lea, Vicky Chow, New Music Detroit, Laurie Amat, Alec Redfearn and the Eyesores, Alan Licht, and more.
The Detroit-based ensemble was formed in late 2014 by vocalist Alex Koi, electronic artist Simon Alexander-Adams, drummer Jon Taylor, and bassist Ben Willis. Each member is an avid composer, improviser, and performer. Individually, the members of saajtak have performed with 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. Together, the ensemble of friends shares an affinity for experimental music and sound art and creates truly one-of-a-kind work.
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