Thursday, March 28, 2013

Show Preview - Zola Jesus - CMU Lawn - 4.6.13 - Concert Preview

CMU's AB Coffeehouse are hosting a free concert outdoors with special guest Zola Jesus next Saturday, 4.6. Zola Jesus has released three critically acclaimed albums since her start in 2009. She recorded her first album in her dorm room at the University of Wisconsin, and later went on to collaborate with artists such as M83 and Vampire Weekend.

From her press:

In the last three years Nika Roza Danilova has gone from being an outsider experimental teenage noise-maker to a full fledged internationally celebrated electronic pop musician. It was a huge feat to accomplish, and despite her age (young), her geography (mid-western, desolate), her accelerated scholastic requirements (high school and college were completed in three years each) 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 is not a singer; she is a musician. Zola Jesus is not a band; it is a solo project. That is not to say the people who have helped her along the way were not deeply important. Her irreplaceable live band, who’s drummer Nick Johnson lends a hand on several tracks here, and her friend Brian Foote who co-produced this album in addition to the live string players (Sean McCann, Ryan York) who contribute here were all crucial in the process. Nika however, is a woman who can command a room, any room, without needing a band, a stage, or even a microphone. Her voice is unmistakable; it cuts right to the core.

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