Diamanda Galás

Greek-american Vocalist and Musician
Born Aug 29, 1955

Diamanda Galás is an American avant-garde composer, vocalist, pianist, organist, performance artist and painter. Galás has been described as "capable of the most unnerving vocal terror", with her three and a half octave vocal range. She often screams, hisses and growls. Her works largely concentrate on the topics of AIDS, mental illness, despair, injustice, condemnation, and loss of dignity.… Read More

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1955 Birth Born on August 29, 1955.


1979 23 Years Old After moving to Europe, Galas made her solo performance debut at the Festival d'Avignon, in France, in 1979, performing the lead in the opera Un Jour comme un autre, by composer Vinko Globokar, based upon Amnesty International's documentation of the arrest and torture of a Turkish woman for alleged treason.
1982 26 Years Old Her first album was The Litanies of Satan, released in 1982.
1984 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Her second album, Diamanda Galas, was released in 1984. … Read More


1986 - 1988 2 More Events
1989 33 Years Old 1 More Event
On December 10, 1989, Galás was arrested inside Saint Patrick's Cathedral, as part of ACT UP's Stop the Church demonstration, while protesting John Cardinal O'Connor's opposition both to AIDS education, and to the distribution of condoms in public schools. … Read More
1990 34 Years Old In 1990 Galás performed at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York, the recording of which was released in 1991 as Plague Mass, in which she criticized the Roman Catholic Church for its indifference to AIDS.
1992 36 Years Old Galás also sings in a blues style, interpreting a wide range of blues songs with her unique piano and vocal styles. This aspect of her work is perhaps best represented by her 1992 album, The Singer, on which she covered Willie Dixon, Roy Acuff, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins, as well as "Gloomy Sunday", a song written by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress in 1933 and translated into English by Desmond Carter.
1993 37 Years Old In 1993 Galás released Judgement Day, a video of her performances, and Vena Cava, a live album, recorded at The Kitchen in 1992.
1994 38 Years Old In 1994 Galás collaborated with Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, a longtime admirer of the singer. … Read More
1995 39 Years Old In 1995 Galás contributed her voice to the eponymous album of British synth-pop duo, Erasure, at the invitation of the lead singer, Andy Bell.


1996 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Galás has published one book, The Shit of God, in 1996. … Read More
1997 - 2000 3 More Events
2004 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In August 2004 Galás released the album Defixiones, Will and Testament: Orders from the Dead, an 80-minute memorial to the Armenian, Greek, Assyrian and Hellenic victims of the Turkish genocide. … Read More
2005 49 Years Old In 2005, Galás was awarded Italy's prestigious Demetrio Stratos International Career Award.


2008 52 Years Old In 2008, Galás released her seventh live album, Guilty Guilty Guilty.
2010 54 Years Old Galás' vocals from her song "Orders from the Dead" were used on the album Aealo by Greek black metal band Rotting Christ, released in February 2010.
2011 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011, she collaborated with Soviet dissident artist Vladislav Shabalin for "Aquarium", a sound installation inspired by the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. … Read More
2013 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2013, Galás and Vladislav Shabalin had the sound installation "Aquarium" May 9 to 12 in the church of San Francesco in Udine (Italy), at the festival "Vicino/Lontano".


2016 60 Years Old Galás is currently working on remastering her albums for release later 2016. … Read More
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