Steve Smith describes this show in The New Yorker:
"No series has better instincts in fomenting post-genre alchemy than the Ecstatic Music Festival, and the opening event of its new season should prove to be no exception. The singer-songwriter Nika Danilova, who fashions music of palpable gravity and atmosphere as Zola Jesus, shares the bill with William Brittelle, a mercurial artist whose oeuvre embraces post-punk flamboyance, chamber-music elegance, and much more. Both will collaborate with the appropriately polymorphous Los Angeles-based ensemble wild Up.
Zola Jesus brings her unmistakably powerful, Gothic-electronic songwriting into dialogue with William Brittelle’s "silo-bombing music that is at once free-ranging, formally adventurous, unconventionally beautiful, and a joyful thrill to experience” (The Nation), in a special collaboration with the "raucous, grungy, irresistibly exuberant” (New York Times) chamber orchestra, wild Up. The program includes string arrangements of three Zola Jesus songs; "Dido's Lament Revisited," a re-imagining of "Dido's Lament" by Henry Purcell from his opera "Dido & Aeneas"; and the premiere of Brittelle's "Alive in the Electric Snow Dream" - five vignettes about the apocalypse.
Read a Q&A with Zola Jesus.
Playlist: Recommendations from Zola Jesus
Playlist: Recommendations from William Brittelle