EXO-TECH: New York large ensemble


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


EXO-TECH is a multi-headed large ensemble collective formed in New York by vocalist and director SOPHIA BROUS and NZ pop innovator KIMBRA. The group features a revolving membership of some of New York and beyond’s most respected music luminaries, featuring artists across New York’s creative music community 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 traverses fields between Talking Heads, Can, The Knife, Gang Gang Dance and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, as much influenced by modern pop and rnb as by free jazz, avant garde improvisation and film music.

Created by Sophia Brous as opportunity for musician friends to play together and experiment in-the-round, the ensemble performed a series of sold-out extended, hypnotic concerts in-the-round beginning in 2016, and undertook an extended Red Bull Studios New York residency where they brought together an extraordinary cast of collaborators to creative a vast volume of music, with guests including David Byrne, Questlove, Sean Lennon, Bilal, Caroline Polachek and Dave Harrington.

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