In the last three years Nika Roza Danilova has gone from being an experimental teenage noisemaker to a full-fledged internationally celebrated electronic pop musician. She has emerged as a figurehead—a self-produced, self-designed, self-taught, independent woman—and Zola Jesus is her solo project. That is not to say that the people who have helped her along the way were not deeply important. Her irreplaceable live band–drummer Nick Johnson and co-producer Brian Foote, in addition to the live string players Sean McCann and Ryan York–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.
After the music tonight, please stick around for the FREE Late Night Comedy Show.