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

Biography

Originally from Buffalo, NY, Koi Anunta started playing the piano at age 4 and violin at age 8. After it was discovered she was gifted with perfect pitch, she had the honor of being classically trained by noted concert pianist Claudia Hoca and violinist Tom Halpin. At 15, she simultaneously received the highest score of any student 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, was Assistant Concertmistress of the Yale Bach Society Chamber Orchestra, toured the country as Musical Director of her Yale a cappella group, and still managed to complete her pre-medical studies and graduated with a B.A. in English by the age of 20. While earning her M.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 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 move to Hollywood 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, shared the stage with many major and local artists and bands, and has toured the U.S. 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.

Koi is also the founding member of her current original project, the heavy melodic rock band In Love & War (www.inloveandwarband.com), which is heavily influenced by Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Garbage, Portishead, Massive Attack, 30 Seconds to Mars, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Guns n' Roses, The Killers, M83, Digital Daggers, and Gunship.

You can see Koi play most Monday nights at The Sunset Jam at the Viper Room (www.thesunsetjam.net) and most Tuesday nights at Ultimate Jam Night (www.ultimatejamnight.com) at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Hollywood on the world-famous Sunset Strip.

When she isn't playing, writing, or recording, Koi enjoys her two rescued horses, two ex-street dogs, acting, laughing often and much, and a decent whiskey on the rocks. She has very limited openings for select students. For further information, please click the "Booking" tab.

 

 

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Equipment

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)

L.R. Baggs Para DI 5-band EQ Direct Box (www.lrbaggs.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)

Dunlop GCB95 Crybaby Wah (www.jimdunlop.com)

Fishman Loudbox Mini amplifier (www.fishman.com)

Pedaltrain pedal board (www.pedaltrain.com)

Coffin Case Black Kross pedal board (www.coffincase.com)

Mogami cables (www.mogamicable.com)

 

Recordings

Universal Records

Atlantic Records

Musician's Institute

Macy Gray

Jules Galli

AJ Mitchell

Madi Rindge

The band Fire

Ultralove

MC Imprint

Rachel Quinn & The California Country Band

Roughened Verse (Elyes Gabel)

The Goodbye Girl (film, due out 2016)

In Love & War

Rome da Luce

David Gielan

Wires

Nessryne

Sea of Cortez

Veiled

Denmantau

Jordan Banks

 

artists/bands LIVE PERFORMANCES

Macy Gray

Gallant

Adam Lambert

Jae Deal

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)

Roughened Verse (Elyes Gabel)

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)

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

AJ Mitchell "Used to Be" music video (violin by Koi Anunta & cello by Nick Rosen, produced by Jess Jackson): 1.1million views as of 6/30/17, 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

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

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

Ultimate Jam Night #68 at The Whisky-A-Gogo, Sunset Strip with the band Fire, 6/28/16

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

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

"Best Night Ever" - Television show on MYX TV, Season 1, Episode 5

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

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

Honorable Mention, Buffalo Philharmonic Young Artist Piano Competition

 

Touring

New York All-State Symphony Orchestra, 1st chair by audition

St. Paul's Cathedral Choir - East Coast

Proof of The Pudding (Yale a cappella group, as a member and then as Musical Director) - National

Veiled - West Coast

Michael Eston / Twisted Wire Records - National