Zola Jesus

There is a way a voice can cut through the fascia of reality, cleaving through habit into the raw nerve of experience. Nika Roza Danilova, the singer, songwriter, and producer who since 2009 has released music as Zola Jesus, wields a voice that does that. When you hear it, it is like you are being summoned to a place that’s already wrapped inside you but obscured from conscious experience. This place has been buried because it tends to hold pain and Zola Jesus’s new album, Arkhon, finds new ways of loosing this submerged, stalled pain.

On previous albums, Danilova had largely played the role of auteur, meticulously crafting every aspect of Zola Jesus’s sound and look. This time, she realized that her habitual need for control was sealing her out of her art. Arkhon sees Zola Jesus’s first collaboration with producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Mandy and Candyman soundtracks) and with drummer and percussionist Matt Chamberlain, whose prior work appears on albums by Fiona Apple, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie.

Arkhon reveals itself as an album whose power derives from abandon. Both its turmoils and its pleasures take root in the body, letting individual consciousness dissolve into the thick of the beat. Despite the darkness curled inside reality, there is power, too, in surrendering to what can’t be pinned down, to the wild unfurling of the world in all its unforeseeable motion. That letting go is the crux of Arkhon, which marks a new way of moving and making for Zola Jesus.

Past Shows


Jul
8
th
2022
Palace Theatre
Jul
8
th
2022
Palace Theatre

The Cult

WE OWN THE NIGHT
with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Zola Jesus
May
8
th
2018
Turf Club
May
8
th
2018
Turf Club

Alice Glass and Zola Jesus

with Pictureplane and DJ GRANT MAYLAND (Dark Energy)
Jan
15
th
2015
The Cedar Cultural Center
Jan
15
th
2015
The Cedar Cultural Center

Zola Jesus

with Deradoorian
Oct
11
th
2011
7th St Entry
Oct
11
th
2011
7th St Entry

Zola Jesus

with Xanopticon
Apr
30
th
2011
7th St Entry
Apr
30
th
2011
7th St Entry

Zola Jesus

with Naked On The Vague and WET HAIR
Jun
25
th
2010
7th St Entry
Jun
25
th
2010
7th St Entry

Zola Jesus

with Dada Trash Collage and Jabon

More Shows

Oct
5
th
7th St Entry

Annie DiRusso

Sep
23
rd
7th St Entry

Noah Vonne

Nov
8
th
Palace Theatre

Omar Apollo

with Ravyn Lenae
Sep
20
th
7th St Entry

Divide and Dissolve

with Thor CB and DIN.DRONE