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New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2019 | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2019
Solo Electronic Avant-garde




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ilexar - "Pink Smoke" (Single, Fourteen Recrdz 2019)
Ileana Exaras (lyrics) - "Dream" (Dream Odyssey, Bambinis Productions 2019)



ilexar’s debut single is not a song, its an experience travelling through the bewitching unpredictability of lust. “Pink Smoke” sets the mood with longing violins losing their strings in each other, then breaks down the tension with the familiar trap beat, and throws new bait with a suggestive “beledi” rhythm in the chorus. Its theatrical, its spooky, and its haunting, like the intoxicating memory of newfound desire.

ilexar is currently working on her debut EP, which will be released 2020. A mix between singer- songwriter and avant- pop artist, she takes the Anatolian meter she once danced to growing up in Greece, like the famous bellydance rhythm  ‘dum-tak-tak’, and blends it with the 808 bass and hip hop beats popular in her second home, America, creating her own genre, ‘dum- tak- trap’. Her influences include Tsar B, Sevdaliza, and Kadebostany. 

ilexar is a singer-songwriter, and self taught producer. She attended Frank Sinatra School of the Arts for theatre, and subsequently studied International Relations on a scholarship at Lehigh University. She has worked with Jim Papoulis, Emre Yilmaz, with Grammy pre-nominated Spiros Exaras on the recent lullaby “Dream”, Nikos Platyrachos and Doros Demosthenous. Her lyrics have been featured in Jeremy Pholwattana’s film “The Montclairian”, and she is a recipient of the Williams Prize for Poetry, and honoree of the CCNY Poetry Contest. She was raised in both New York City, and Athens, Greece. 

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