Zola Jesus Tickets
Experience the Beautiful Darkness of Zola Jesus
Few female singer-songwriters mix genres like electronic, pop, classical and industrial as artistically as Zola Jesus, who has been churning out critically-acclaimed international hits since 2009. However, she is still termed an up-and-comer, giving those with Zola Jesus tickets a chance to hear this talented musician before she bursts onto the mainstream scene.
Zola Jesus has been touring regularly around North America and Europe. She will soon travel through Europe again, playing at venues like L'Usine in Geneva, Switzerland; La Cartonnerie in Reims, France; Berghain in Berlin, Germany; and Koko in London.
Zola Jesus consumes a number of different types of creative content to inspire her music. Her favourite genre of storytelling is science fiction, she claims, because of how directly it relates to problems in the real world. She listens to as many Top 40 hits as she does independent artists (namely Rihanna and Beyonce) as well as the classical composer Wagner. Long walks in the woods serve as another source of inspiration.
Born Nika Roza Danilova, Zola Jesus grew up on 100 acres of land in Merrill, Wisconsin with no access to television or Internet. She spent most of her time outdoors, and would milk her neighbour's cow and hunt for venison and pheasant with her father. Danilova literally lived off the land growing up, and this provided the stark beauty found in her music.
After taking singing lessons at age 7, Danilova began performing opera at live shows. She soon developed a phobia of singing in public, which would cause her to lose her voice.This is one reason she adopted the pseudonym Zola Jesus -- created by combining Jesus Christ and Emile Zola, a French writer known for his theatrical naturalism.
She recorded the earliest music alone at home using a keyboard, drum machines and whatever improvised instruments she had nearby. Now she tours with a band that includes Alex Degroot on electronics and programming, Nick Turco on synth and Kim Free on violin.
After a full-length album and a couple EPs that gained attention from those at the core of the indie music scene, Zola Jesus released her second full-length album, entitled Stridulum II, in 2010. It was well received by critics, earning an eight out of 10 from NME, and attention that put her on music scene radars worldwide.
Conatus, released in 2011, brought Zola Jesus more into the mainstream. The album charted at No. 6 on the US dance charts, No. 7 on the US heat charts and No. 30 on the US Independent charts. It also rose as high as No. 144 on the United Kingdom album charts. Zola Jesus was also featured on the cover of the US magazine Fader.
With haunting vocals and an enveloping sound, Zola Jesus is darkly cinematic through her music, which is replicated when performing live. This creates a moody, visceral feeling amongst the crowd. The almost religious experience could be compared to The Arcade Fire -- but with more Gothic undertones, similar to the Cocteau Twins. If you like what you hear from Zola Jesus, you'll undoubtedly be entertained by what you see at one of her performances.
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