EXO-TECH: New York large ensemble


“EXO-TECH is fast emerging as a new paradigm for pop innovation.”
– The Village Voice

EXO-TECH is large ensemble collective formed in New York by vocalist and director SOPHIA BROUS and New Zealand pop innovator KIMBRA in 2016. The group features a revolving membership of some of New York and beyond’s most respected music luminaries, including David Byrne, Sean Lennon, Moses Sumney, Caroline Polachek, Bilal, Questlove, Yuka Honda, Dave Harrington, Zeena Parkins and many others.

Exploring the intersections of improvisation and pop song composition, EXO-TECH traverse musical worlds from Talking Heads to Can, to Arthur Lyman, Gang Gang Dance, Brigitte Fontaine and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, as much influenced by modern pop and rnb as by by free jazz, avant garde improvisation, tropicalia and film music.

Created as opportunity for musician friends to play together in ecstatic, open creative settings in-the-round, each show is an musical experiment in collective presence, where an audience bares witness to a rare musical alchemy as thrilling for observers as it is for the ensemble members.

EXO members and past collaborators (alphabetical A-Z)

Stuart Bogie (Arcade Fire, Antibalas), Bilal, Sophia Brous (director), David Byrne, Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Arrington de Dionyso, Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors), Trevor Dunn, Greg Fox (Ex Eyes, GDFX), Jeremy Gustin (Marc Ribot, The Strokes), Dave Harrington (Darkside), Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto), Lars Horntveth (Jaga Jazzist, Todd Terje), Shahzad Ismaily, Kimbra, Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire), Sean Ono Lennon, Questlove, Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), Mauro Refosco (Dirty Projectors, David Byrne), Marc Ribot, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Cleek Schrey, Colin Stetson, Moses Sumney, Alex Toth (Rubblebucket), Ilan Volkov, Joan Wasser (Joan As Policewoman), Doug Weiselman (Antony and The Johnsons, Laurie Anderson), Jim White, Spencer Zahn (Empress Of, Twin Shadow)


January 1, 2016