“EXO-TECH is fast emerging as a new paradigm for clever pop…” – RUSSH Magazine
EXO-TECH is a multi-headed New York large ensemble formed in February 2016 by NY-based Australian musician SOPHIA BROUS and NZ singer/producer KIMBRA. Falling somewhere between Talking heads, Can, The Knife and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the collective was originally created so a group of musician friends from touring bands could come together to play improvised sets of songsin-the-round, but it quickly formed into a collective entity, announcing a series of spontaneous sold-out shows at venues including Pioneer Works, Le Poisson Rouge and National Sawdust that left audiences dazzled through 2016.
EXO-TECH weave a strikingly unique palette across wide influences, exploring rnb, modern pop, hip hop, dub and exotica alongside large ensemble soundtrack music, free jazz, contemporary classical and free improvisation.
Performing extended concerts exclusively in-the-round, the ensemble have create immersive, polychrome concert experiences with an exceptional cast of performers including Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto), Sean Lennon, Colin Stetson (Bon Iver, Arcade Fire), Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), Jim White (Dirty Three/ Xylouris White), Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire), Dave Harrington (Darkside, Dave Harrington Group), Stuart Bogie (Antibalas, Arcade Fire), Mauro Refosco (Atoms for Peace, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Pete Drungle, Danny Meyer (Chairlift, Julia Holter), Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto, New Optimism), Doug Wieselman (Antony & the Johnsons, Laurie Anderson), Jeremy Gustin (Star Rover, Delicate Steve), Spencer Zahn, Benjamin Lazar Davis (Cuddle Magic, Okkervil River), and Cleek Schrey.
In early 2016, following their second live show, EXO-TECH were invited to be the inaugural artist in residence at Manhattan’s Red Bull Studios New York, where over a period of several weeks, under Brous and Kimbra’s leadership EXO-TECH conducted an extended period of musical experimentation and collaboration with artists including DAVID BYRNE, QUESTLOVE, SEAN ONO LENNON, CAROLINE POLACHEK (CHAIRLIFT), BILAL and DAVE HARRINGTON.
The period produced a massive catalogue of recorded music, currently being produced for upcoming release.
EXO-TECH will continue to play select concert dates the remainder of 2016 before embarking on their first international tour in early 2017, details to be announced soon.
January 1, 2016