On the heels of her Conatus world tour, Nika Roza Danilova, was offered an opportunity to perform at one of the most prestigious modern art museums in the world, NY’s Guggenheim. Rather than doing her standard Zola Jesus electronic set she decided she wanted to work with a classical composer who could arrange her songs for a quartet. She recruited legendary experimental composer JG Thirlwell (Foetus).
Since his in the early 80’s New York no-wave scene, JG has been scoring and composing symphonic arrangements for his own project Manorexia, in addition to currently scoring Adult Swim’s Venture Brothers series. Thirlwell’s oeuvre runs the gamut from orchestrations, big band, and cathartic noise-rock to abstract electronics, sound sculpture, and chamber music, thus making him the perfect collaborator to help realize Danilova’s vision.
Danilova explains her intentions with this album:
Versions is out August 20 on Sacred Bones Records. There will be a special bonus DVD available with purchase at indie retailers for a limited time, featuring six songs from that evening.
Catch Zola Jesus and her string quartet in North America and Europe this Fall! Full dates below.
VERSIONS TRACK LIST
01. Avalanche (Slow)
02. Fall Back
04. Run Me Out
06. Sea Talk
08. In Your Nature
10. Vessel [CD Bonus]
11. Avalanche [Digital Bonus]
Sep 12 Philadelphia, PA – International House
Sep 13 Boston, MA – Institute Contemporary Art Boston
Sep 14 Brooklyn, NY- Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral
Sep 22 Saint Paul, MN – St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Sep 26 San Francisco, CA – Palace of Fine Arts
Sep 27 Hollywood, CA – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (Sold Out)
Sep 28 Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
Oct 03 London – Tabernacle
Oct 04 Paris – Café de la Danse
Oct 05 Berlin – Hau1
Oct 24 Chicago, IL – Garfield Park Conservatory
Oct 25 Washington, DC – Hirshhorn Museum
Oct 26 Asheville, NC – Mountain Oasis