by Mike Breen
Acclaimed electronic artist specially requested performance at noted downtown museum
The Contemporary Arts Center hosts a performance tonight by enigmatic, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/musician Zola Jesus. The stage name of Nika Roza Danilova, Jesus has become a prime force on musical tip sheets as an artist to watch. Her uniquely atmospheric, electronic-based compositions are adventurous and evocative dreamscapes that have deep, philosophical underpinnings and often a dark hue, something that has led to her being pegged as "Goth." Danilova told CityBeat's Leyla Shokoohe she believes that pigeonhole is just a gut response to any music dealing with "darkness"; she views her music's emotional tone as merely a reflection of the natural spectrum of her emotions, "not a choice of style." Still, it's hard to not hear the influence of acts like Dead Can Dance and Cocteau Twins in her work (as well as other pioneering synth-based Pop). Just don't expect the CAC to be Goth central in Cincinnati tonight; Jesus has fans of all stripes.Danilova said she specifically requested to play the CAC on her current tour. "I emailed my booking agent, and I was like, ‘I really want to play at the Contemporary Arts Center’ because I love architecture and it’s the only building in America designed by my favorite architect (Zaha Hadid),” Jesus told CityBeat. “I just have heard it’s great and I’m really excited. When I’m in a building that feels like (it) aligns with everything I feel inside, it just makes things so much more utopian in a way. I just think that architecture reflects the personality and character of the world.”Those kind of philosophical insights run throughout the interview. Check it out here. Tonight's performance (with her backing band and visually stimulating stage design) starts at 8 p.m. with an opening set by Noise Pop duo Talk Normal. Remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $15. Click here for details on the performance and check out the official Zola Jesus video for "Vessel" off of her latest album, Conatus.
Experimental singer/songwriter Zola Jesus comes to town for a special performance at the CAC
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Zola Jesus likes to have a lot of space. Born Nika Danilova in Wisconsin, Jesus
recounts a childhood spent running around her slice of the Midwest with
ample amounts of freedom and independence. She credits this freewheeling
upbringing with helping her find out who she was at a very young age.
Local visual arts venues prepare for another intriguing season
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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1 Comment · Wednesday, March 2, 2011
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0 Comments · Tuesday, November 9, 2010
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0 Comments · Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Let's hope you won’t be too busy during December preparing for and celebrating the various holidays to get to area museums and galleries for their art exhibits. There are quite a few good ones. Here are my recommendations, based either on seeing them or being familiar with the artists/subject matter.
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0 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2010
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1 Comment · Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The charge to local arts leaders and CityBeat writers was simple yet also complex and difficult: What is the one thing you would change or add to the local arts scene to make it better? Well, maybe it wasn't worded quite so bluntly, but that was the point. There are plenty of exciting things happening locally in the arts; what should be next?