- Acoustic guitar
- Artwork / visuals
- Graphic design
- Label / agency
- Music live
- Music publishers
- Project management
Nadja Zela is a Zürich based rock musician. She is a singer, guitarist, lyricist, producer and runs the small indie label «Patient Records».
Zela is an indispensable voice of the independent rock scene in Switzerland and enjoyed a rather long and remarkable career with many years on the road. From her all-girl band Rosebud in the early 90s to her current solo project, she has remained true to herself as a frontwoman with an unbound spirit. She is a captivating vocalist, independent songwriter, and an electric guitarist with a distinctive angry while bewitching style.
Her music flirts with the warm sensuality of the blues, but she leads her brute folk into cinematic sound spheres that undermine any emerging nostalgia. Her voice shakes, then gives unexpectedly gentle comfort again. Zela's writing draws noticeably from personal experience, but she finds a true, lyrical expression of our existence's brokenness and fragility in times of decay.
Zela continues to work as a guitarist, singer and bassist in other projects, writes film music, works for theater productions and is involved as an artistic coach for young women in the music scene. She is a mother of two children and also works as a graphic designer.
Nadja Zela has been awarded various prizes for her own musical work, including the Werkjahr of the City of Zurich and the ERB Percent Prize «Space and Time».
In the fall of 2020, the double album «Greetings to Andromeda – Requiem» was released, a large, multimedia requiem project dedicated to her late husband. The album was highly praised, especially by the music press in French-speaking Switzerland.