Since many asynchronous APIs in Scala use Futures, if you prefer using Task, you'll need to convert between the two. Here are two simple classes that enhance scalaz.concurrent.Task and scala.concurrent.Future:

import scalaz.concurrent.Task
import scala.concurrent.{ Promise, Future }

final class FutureExtensionOps[A](x: => Future[A]) {
  import scalaz.Scalaz._

  def asTask: Task[A] = {
    Task.async {
      register =>
        x.onComplete {
          case Success(v) => register(v.right)
          case Failure(ex) => register(ex.left)

final class TaskExtensionOps[A](x: => Task[A]) {
  import scalaz.{ \/-, -\/ }
  val p: Promise[A] = Promise()
  def runFuture(): Future[A] = {
    x.unsafePerformAsync {
      case -\/(ex) =>
        p.failure(ex); ()
      case \/-(r) => p.success(r); ()

Provide an implicit conversion to augment Task/Future, or make these Ops implicit. There is a dependency on the trampoline ExecutionContext from Play's iteratees library, but you can quite easily duplicate it for yourself.

Note (2016-02-01): Updated to scalaz-7.2. If using an earlier version, use runAsync instead of unsafePerformAsync.