Drawing from eclectic backgrounds, Detroit based avant-rock quartet saajtak channels the textural experimentalism of electronic music, the timbral and rhythmic intricacies of Indian classical music, the intimate communication of Deep-Listening rooted free improvisation, and the urgency of polymetric groove. Through ritualistic collaborative sessions, the ensemble creates unique audiovisual environments and genre defying compositions.
“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
“Saajtak brings meaning to each moment as they perform – eervescent, 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
Propelled by a shared ainity for free improvisation, vocalist Alex Koi, electronic artist Simon Alexander-Adams, percussionist Jon Taylor and bassist Ben Willis developed a musical rapport in Creative Arts Orchestra, a large all-improvising ensemble at The University of Michigan. Since 2014, saajtak has cultivated a dynamic artistic practice, incorporating Taylor and Koi’s study of jazz, Willis’ experience in the western art music tradition, and Alexander-Adams’ work in multimedia and performance art technology. 2017 will be a busy year for the ensemble, with the spring release of their debut EP Spokes, an east coast tour, and many performances.