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.
“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.”
- Detroit Metro Times
“With their combined forces, saajtak are nothing if not unpredictable, bobbing between feverish noise and lush, operatic soundscapes with the agility of a hummingbird… it is rare to see musicians thrive in this space as saajtak [does].”
- Detroit Music Magazine
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 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. Together, the ensemble of friends shares an affinity for experimental music and sound art and creates truly one-of-a-kind work.
"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
“Witnessing this 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 … Too amazing for words.”
- Paul Simpson, Music Director at WCBN-FM