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saajtak / Honeybabe / Ahmi / White Bee (ft. Arianna Bardoni)
saajtak: Each member an avid composer, improviser, and performer in his own right, saajtak has created a repertoire that channels both long epic forms and short frenetic noise pieces, the catharsis of tragic opera, the energy of punk rock, and the excitement of odd meter to convey nuance of musical motion and emotional expression. Through almost ritualistic collaborative sessions, Saajtak is constantly developing musical environments that defy genre and invigorate listeners.
Saajtak was formed in late 2014 by vocalist Alex Koi, electronic artist Simon Alexander-Adams, and drummer Jon Taylor, all longtime collaborators and avid sonic explorers. With a shared affinity for free improvisation and sound art, the trio collectively created a repertoire of spontaneous and energetic compositions that were expanded and perfected with the later addition of fellow auditory adventurer, bassist Ben Willis. 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.
Honeybabe: Founded in 2013 inside a suburban basement of Metro Detroit, Honeybabe has since grown in the technical aspects of music as well as the ethereal. With the premature album of Creatures of Circumstance (2014), our music has certainly progressed with the newest EP Velvet Glum (2016) which takes on a more vibrant, eclectic sounding groove. Inspirations for each member comes from a swelling spectrum of genres and musicians, hence establishing ourselves as something like pyschrockjazzbeachpunk is not just a gag, but an approximate definition. Yet, we can’t necessarily define ourselves nor contain ourselves, so we’ll let the audience determine what they hear on our recordings or at our live shows. Primarily playing shows in and around the Detroit area such as The Loving Touch, The Old Miami, and the Majestic Cafe, we hope to put our stamp in the musical history of Detroit and become graciously familiar among local venues and music enthusiasts alike. And after an era of certain stagnation, Honeybabe is moving forward, aspiring to cover as much musical ground as humanly possible.
Ahmi: Michigan math rock grooves.
White Bee (ft. Arianna Bardoni): White Bee is neo-soul act from Detroit, Michigan. If you like to get down, listen to us.