"Without music, life would be a mistake." - nietzsche
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Koi Anunta began classical studies in piano at age 4 and violin at age 8. After it was discovered she was gifted with perfect pitch, she had the dual honor of being rigorously trained by noted Ukrainian concert pianist Claudia Hoca and American concert violinist Tom Halpin. At 15, Koi simultaneously received the highest score of any high school student in the entire state of New York that year in both the NY All-State Piano and NY All-State Symphony Orchestra auditions. At 16, she was accepted to Yale University, where she formed her first rock band as lead singer, was Assistant Concertmistress of the Yale Bach Society Chamber Orchestra, and toured coast to coast as Musical Director of her Yale a cappella group while still managing to complete her pre-medical studies, get accepted to medical school at the University of Buffalo, and graduate with a B.A. in English all by the age of 20. While earning her M.D., Koi continued to front and play in a rock band and sang the national anthem at her graduation in front of an audience of over 1000 people, after which she decided to eschew medicine and move to Hollywood at 24 to continue pursuing her lifelong passion for music.
Koi has since contributed violin, keyboards, or vocals to countless label, indie, television, and film recordings in a wide variety of genres that range from hiphop, rock, and country all the way to Middle Eastern traditional music. In 2018, an original song Koi wrote, performed, and sang, "Mad Girl's Love Song," was featured in the British film "The Goodbye Girl," which won "Best Feature Film" and “Best Director” at the Out of the Can film festival in the U.K. (release date March 25, 2018). Her violin playing can also be heard on the new BET television documentary "Deathrow Records" alongside Snoop Dogg on the series soundtrack (series premiere February 20, 2018). Koi also had the pleasure of acting as a rock violinist in the 2017 film "The Guitar" starring Michael Boston, which recently won "Best Ensemble Cast" at the 2018 Global Film Awards Festival.
More than anything else, Koi enjoys playing live, mesmerizing audiences with both her tremendous stage presence and technical prowess. She has shared the stage with many major artists, including Grammy winner Macy Gray, Adam Lambert, and most recently, Grammy-nominated Gallant on the CBS Late Late Show with James Corden, and has toured the U.S. and Europe several times over. Her particular strengths are live improvisation and knowing how to fit a melodic line into an existing work as if it should always have been there with raw, genuine emotion.
Currently, Koi is a permanent member of two main projects: Jules Galli, and El & The Broken Bones (fronted by actor Elyes Gabel). She just completed a successful Friday night residency with Jules Galli at the prestigious Hotel Cafe in Hollywood in the summer of 2017, as well as a 5-week European tour in the fall of 2017. The lead single, "It's Too Late," from the debut Jules Galli EP featuring an extensive violin solo was released March 1, 2018 along with a music video (watch it here). The full EP was released April 5, 2018. The El & the Broken Bones EP will follow soon after.
Koi is also the founding and sole permanent member of her own original project, the trip-hop / industrial rock band In Love & WAR, which is heavily influenced by Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Garbage, Portishead, Tori Amos, and Massive Attack.
Having been fortunate enough to enjoy the benefit of private music lessons from an early age, as well as nearly continuous exposure to the arts throughout her schooling, Koi has always been an extremely strong supporter of arts education for children. She is delighted and honored to have just joined Dream A World Education, Inc., a non-profit organization which teaches inner-city 5-year-olds through a series of musical workshops and performances that support academic development, social-emotional learning, and an understanding of cultural diversity.
When she isn't playing, writing, or recording, Koi enjoys her two rescued horses, two ex-street dogs, some occasional acting, laughing often and much, and a decent whiskey on the rocks.
She has very limited openings for select violin students. For further information, please visit the "Booking" tab.
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Instruments: Fender FV-1 electric violin (custom), Sebastian Kloz 18th century wood violin
19th century Bausch pernambuco bows
Thomastik-Infeld Lakatos Pizzicato Strings (www.thomastik-infeld.com)
Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Gold Label strings (www.pirastro.com)
L.R. Baggs Para DI 5-band EQ Direct Box (www.lrbaggs.com)
Line 6 relay G10 wireless instrument system
Ultimate Ears UE 18+ Pro custom in-ear monitors (www.ultimatearspro.com)
Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb pedal (www.ehx.com)
Boss DD-3 Digital Delay pedal and RC-20 Loop Station (www.boss.info/us)
Digitech X-Series Metal Master pedal (www.digitech.com)
Fishman Loudbox Mini amplifier (www.fishman.com)
Pedaltrain pedal board (www.pedaltrain.com)
Coffin Case Black Kross pedal board (www.coffincase.com)
Mogami Gold cables (www.mogamicable.com)
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Sea of Cortez
artists/bands LIVE PERFORMANCES
Jae Deal (Janet Jackson)
Bruce Kulick (KISS guitarist 1984-1996, currently Grand Funk Railroad)
Carmit Bachar (Pussycat Dolls)
MacLear & Quinn / MEG Records (2014 Crossover Artist of the Year - New Music Weekly, multiple #1 singles)
Maiya Sykes (The Voice)
Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones)
Katja Rieckermann (Rod Stewart)
Matt Starr (Mr. Big, Ace Frehley)
Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot)
Mitch Perry (Lita Ford, Cher)
Walter Ino (Survivor)
Monte Pittman (Madonna)
Paulie Z (ZO2)
Ty Taylor (Rock Star: INXS, Vintage Trouble)
With the Ultimate Jam Night house band
With Nick Rosen and the Sayers Sessions (Sayers Club) house band
Dhana Taprogge (Taxi Doll, Universal)
Fredalba (Eric Balfour)
Yale Bach Society Chamber Orchestra, Assistant Concertmistress
Notable PERFORMANCES / ACCOLADES
“The Goodbye Girl” won 2018 Best Feature Film, Best Director - features “Mad Girl’s Love Song,” original song by Koi Anunta
"The Guitar" - film starring Michael Boston, won "Best Ensemble Cast" at the 2018 Global Feature Film Awards - rock violinist
Untitled 2018 film directed by Joseph Quinn - Therapist - supporting actress
“Blessed Be the Air B&B” - 2018 SAG-AFTRA sketch directed by Molly Silver - background performer
AJ Mitchell "Used to Be" music video (violin by Koi Anunta & cello by Nick Rosen, produced by Jess Jackson): 7.5 million views as of 3/20/18, released 6/16/17
Northern Light Orchestra rock supergroup with Bruce Kulick, Mitch Perry, Matt Starr, Walter Ino, Ken Mary, Joey Carter, Robin McAuley, Joe Retta at The Whisky-A-Gogo, Sunset Strip 12/13/16
Stan Lee's LA Comic Con / Comikaze with Blackhaven 10/29/16
Opening with the band Fire for Beware of Darkness at the Resident, downtown LA 8/24/16
Harry Potter Night @The Last Bookstore, DTLA with Blackhaven, 2500 attendees, 6/25/16
“Call to Cosplay” - Television show on MYX TV, Season 3, Episode 6 (“Rock and Roll Apocalypse”)- Guest starring role
"Best Night Ever" - Television show on MYX TV, Season 1, Episode 5 (“No Strings Attached”) - Guest starring role
Charlie Chaplin Mansion, Hollywood Hills, CA (2013 private event)
Honorable Mention, Buffalo Philharmonic Young Artist Piano Competition
Jules Galli - Europe, 5 weeks, fall 2017
Michael Eston / Twisted Wire Records - U.S. coast to coast, 2015
Veiled - West Coast
Proof of The Pudding (Yale a cappella group, as a member and then as Musical Director) - National
New York All-State Symphony Orchestra, 1st chair by audition
St. Paul's Cathedral Choir - East Coast