American singer-songwriter Nika Roza Danilova, better known as Zola Jesus, was given an opportunity of a lifetime shortly after her Conatus world tour. She was offered the chance to perform at New York’s Guggenheim, one of the most prestigious modern art museums in the world. Danilova decided to trade her usual electronic set for a classical approach alongside experimental pioneer JG Thirlwell. Thirlwell helped her arrange her songs for a quartet. Thirlwell’s varied musical styles and background work made him the perfect collaborator to help make Danilova’s vision come true.
Sacred Bones Records will release these studio recordings on Danilova’s album called Versions on August 20. Her performance at the Guggenheim show went so well that the Village Voice said she “conquered the Guggenheim.” Danilova explains her intentions with this album.
“’Versions’ is about the bone of the music; taking approximations from past records and turning them inside out. With all framework exposed, the songs are given a new medium in which to evolve and bloom into their own tiny worlds.”
Zola Jesus, JG and quartet will be touring select dates this fall, including a stop at Asheville’s Mountain Oasis Festival.