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Nika Danilova, the woman behind Zola Jesus, brings her epic, iconoclastic sound—full of dark evocative beauty—to Saint Paul in a first time collaboration with esteemed composer and former SPCO artistic partner Stephen Prutsman. Prutsman has created new arrangements of original compositions by Danilova for string quartet, piano and electronics, which will be performed by Twin Cities-based musicians and Prutsman himself. Danilova’s classically trained “indomitable” (Spin) voice draws from industrial, classical, electronic and experimental rock influences. Building on the success of her highly acclaimed 2011 album Conatus (“Each song overflows with emotion” – NPR; “Powerfully reflective music” – Vogue), she has recently collaborated with David Lynch and French musical act M83. Prutsman’s arrangements have been performed by the Kronos Quartet, Dawn Upshaw, Yo Yo Ma, among others; he’s also internationally acknowledged as one of the finest American pianists of his generation.

The evening opens with a set by percussionist Ian Ding (New Music Detroit founder and former Detroit Symphony Orchestra member) and Bang on a Can All-Stars cellist Ashley Bathgate, hailed by critics as a “brilliant, rising star.” Committed performers of new music, Ding and Bathgate will introduce the singular voices of contemporary composers Nick Didkovsky, Osvaldo Golijov, Andy Akiho, Annie Gosfield, and a world premiere by Ted Hearne.

Please note: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra does not perform on this program.

Come early! The Meritage Bar will be open in the Music Room one hour prior to, and throughout, this performance. Thank you to Meritage and Stella Artois, official sponsors of Liquid Music.

Featured Artists

Zola Jesus, Stephen Prutsman, Ian Ding, Ashley Bathgate and Ted Hearne

Liquid Music Series

This event is part of a boundary-defying new concert series presented by The SPCO. Learn more and buy this event as part of the Liquid Music Series.

Zola Jesus

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