"Without music, life would be a mistake." - nietzsche

Biography

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 became one of the youngest students to matriculate at 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, graduate with a B.A. in English, and get accepted to medical school at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 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. Recent features include backup vocals and strings on the new 2019 Glass Tiger album (Track 3: “The Keepers of Time”), the BET television documentary "Deathrow Records" alongside Snoop Dogg on the series soundtrack (series premiere February 20, 2018), and acting as a rock violinist in the 2017 film "The Guitar" starring Michael Boston, which won "Best Ensemble Cast" at the 2018 Global Film Awards Festival. Koi’s 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. As a result, Koi is frequently sought out to accompany many major and independent artists, including Grammy winner Macy Gray, Adam Lambert, and Grammy-nominated Gallant on the CBS Late Late Show with James Corden, and has toured the U.S. and Europe several times over as part of numerous bands. Most recently, she headlined a sold-out theater in Barcelona, Spain with Canadian pop artist Andrew Cole in 2018, and she completed an acoustic European tour with French R&B artist Jules Galli in 2017 (now opening for Toto on arena tours in Europe during the summer of 2019).

Koi also frequently composes instrumental scores and writes her own vocal music: in 2018, an original song Koi wrote, performed, and sang, "Mad Girl's Love Song," was featured in the British independent film "The Goodbye Girl," which received 30 laurels and won "Best Feature Film" and “Best Director” at the Out of the Can film festival in the U.K. (release date March 25, 2018). 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. The debut In Love & WAR EP, Tessitura, was released June 21, 2019 and was featured with a glowing review on the front page of major music blog EARMILK. Read the review and stream the EP for free HERE.

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. She also teaches daily group music lessons for fourth through sixth grades during the academic year at the prestigious Brentwood School, Valley Beth Shalom, and Brawerman East/West.

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.

Koi has very limited openings for select violin and piano students. For further information, please visit the "Booking" tab.

 

 

Equipment

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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)

 

Recording CLIENTs

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BET (Black Entertainment Television) series soundtrack for "Deathrow Records"

"The Goodbye Girl" (original song "Mad Girl's Love Song" written, sang, and played by Koi Anunta featured in film)

Glass Tiger

Andrew Cole

Jules Galli

El & The Broken Bones (Elyes Gabel)

Universal Records

Atlantic Records

Musician's Institute

Macy Gray

AJ Mitchell

Madi Rindge

The band Fire

Ultralove

MC Imprint

Derek Day

Debby Holiday

In Love & War

Rome da Luce

David Gielan

Wires

Nessryne

Sea of Cortez

Rachel Quinn & The California Country Band

Kim Tillman

Veiled

Denmantau

Jordan Banks

 

artists/bands LIVE PERFORMANCES

Macy Gray

Gallant

Adam Lambert

Jae Deal (Janet Jackson)

Northern Light Orchestra

Bruce Kulick (KISS guitarist 1984-1996, currently Grand Funk Railroad)

Carmit Bachar (Pussycat Dolls)

Michael Eston (2015 Best New Country Artist - New Music Weekly, multiple #1 singles)

MacLear & Quinn / MEG Records (2014 Crossover Artist of the Year - New Music Weekly, multiple #1 singles)

El & The Broken Bones (Elyes Gabel)

Andrew Cole

Jules Galli

The band Fire

Maiya Sykes (The Voice) 

Debby Holiday (Rod Stewart)

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 Erik Himel (Mumiy Troll) and the Sunset Jam house band

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)

In Love & War

Blackhaven

The Hard

Ultralove

Rome da Luce

David Gielan

Denmantau

Jayne & Otherside (Billy Jayne)

Veiled

Aerial

Yale Bach Society Chamber Orchestra, Assistant Concertmistress

 

Notable PERFORMANCES / ACCOLADES

Original debut EP Tessitura (under the band name In Love & WAR) featured on the front page of major music blog EARMILK on release day. All music, lyrics, vocal/instrumental performance and production by Koi Anunta (except drums on all tracks by Mike Diggs and on track 4, guitar by Jake Faun and flute by Ricky Berger)

“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): 10.3 million views as of 3/22/19, 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 (violinist) live at The Whisky-A-Gogo, Sunset Strip 12/13/16

Live on The Late Late Show with James Corden in support of musical guest Gallant on CBS 11/2/16 (violinist)

Stan Lee's LA Comic Con / Comikaze with Blackhaven 10/29/16 (violinist)

Opening with the band Fire for Beware of Darkness at the Resident, downtown LA 8/24/16 (violinist)

Harry Potter Night @The Last Bookstore, DTLA with Blackhaven, 2500 attendees, 6/25/16 (violinist)

“Call to Cosplay” - Television show on MYX TV, Season 3, Episode 6 (“Rock and Roll Apocalypse”)- Guest starring role

Opening act for the 2014 Wounded Warrior Games, Colorado Springs, CO (Michael Eston) (violinist)

"Best Night Ever" - Television show on MYX TV, Season 1, Episode 5 (“No Strings Attached”) - Guest starring role

Treats Magazine 2013 private Halloween party at No Vacancy, Hollywood, CA attended by celebrities including Paris Hilton and Aaron Paul (violinist)

Charlie Chaplin Mansion, Hollywood Hills, CA (2013 private event) (pianist, violinist)

Honorable Mention, Buffalo Philharmonic Young Artist Piano Competition (pianist)

 

Touring

Andrew Cole - Barcelona, Spain - December 2018

Jules Galli - Europe (France, UK) - 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