Zola Jesus is a realization of knowing a place in the world. Nika Roza Danilova has gone from being an outsider, experimental, teenage noise-maker to a fully-fledged, internationally-celebrated, electronic-pop musician. It was a huge accomplishment, and, despite her age (young), her origins (mid-western, desolate), her accelerated scholastic achievements (high school and college were each completed in three years) and her diminutive physical size (4’11”, 90 lbs), she has triumphed. She has emerged as a figurehead — a self-produced, self-designed, self-taught independent woman.
Zola Jesus’ new album Taiga is at once challenging and accessible, and is undeniably branded with what Nika terms a “piercing ambition.” Such encompassing purpose, she explains, would be impossible without a newfound sense of personal and artistic self. The album is a declaration of that purpose; one laced with jarring clarity in both its content and production. “For me, it feels like my true debut, because it is the first time I have felt so open and liberated,” she explains. Watch the absolutely gorgeous video for her new song, “Dangerous Days”.
Zola Jesus is not a singer, she is a musician. Zola Jesus is not a band, it is a solo project. Her prior tours consisted of special engagements with each performance as they included music halls, art galleries, and museums. With the rich brass tones on the album Taiga, her upcoming limited fall tour finds her on stage with a brass ensemble. Always challenging herself to evolve, Zola Jesus in an artist in motion.
The Taiga album tour by Zola Jesus is a limited engagement and kicks off on our stage on October 8. Tickets are still available, but don’t wait too long. You do not want to miss this once in a lifetime show.