Diamanda Galás
Greek-American vocalist and musician
Diamanda Galás
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.
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Review: Diamanda Galás Has Dark Moments and Gallows Humor
NYTimes - 10 months
The concert, her first in New York City in eight years, featured songs in several languages and some rock theatrics.
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Diamanda Galás, Still Wild and Primal, Returns to the New York Stage
NYTimes - 10 months
The avant-garde vocalist and composer explains why she left New York, death in her family and life’s many traumas.
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David Bowie Will Always Matter to Me as a Latino Artist
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Originally published in Latino Rebels David Bowie, a musician and pop culture visionary known for his appearances in movies such as The Hunger and Labyrinth, first appeared before me on MTV sometime in the early 1980s. I'm pretty sure it was the video for "Let's Dance" -- when my exposure to music happening outside the United States and Puerto Rico began to explode. I wasn't an instant fan, but my first impression of the gaunt and pale Englishman was that there was something very unusual about him. In a great way. What that was I didn't yet have the vocabulary for. I was too young and inexperienced, but knew there was something strange happening within me as well, and that I related to him. At age 17 I moved from The Bronx to Portland, Oregon, to live with my mother's family and threw myself into the small but active music and performance underground there. It was a different world than I was accustomed to, but there were many opportunities to meet other artists, with less fi ...
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Meltdown: Diamanda Galás, Royal Festival Hall, London
Ft.com Financial Times Blogs - over 4 years
The night’s songs, played solo by the cult New Yorker at the piano, were adaptations of poems about death and love, writes Ludovic Hunter-Tilney
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Re: Diamanda Galas on the death of Whitney Houston
Chicago Reader - almost 5 years
''Pity that you don't sing for her.'' BINGO!!! I know who this is.......Jealousy is an ugly,ugly emotion that'll completely take you over. Posted by Sebastien Son
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Re: Artist on Artist: Diamanda Galas talks to Mark Solotroff
Chicago Reader - almost 5 years
Rotting Christ fucking rules. Thy Mighty Contract belongs in the album collections of the true. Posted by plznr
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Tonight's top shows: Diamanda Galas, Scott Lucas and his Married Men
Chicago Times - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-64751" href="/Diamanda+Galas+1">Diamanda Galás</a>: The classically trained pianist has a titanic voice, and she won’t be using it to trill pretty love songs. She confronts the big issues with unflinching passion and brutal honesty. She’ll be performing pieces for voice and piano, including refashioned blues songs and selections from her Masque of the Red Death trilogy, which  addresses the AIDS crisis,  7:30 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 25 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., sold out;  mcachicago.org.
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Re: Diamanda Galas on the death of Whitney Houston
Chicago Reader - about 5 years
I am glad <a class="fplink fp-64751" href="/diamanda+galas+1">Diamanda Galás</a> and <a class="fplink fp-43403" href="/chaka+khan+1">Chaka Khan</a> have spoken up in the name of Whitney. I myself was not really a fan, but my friend's mom was. Posted by Myisha Arellanus
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Diamanda Galas on the death of Whitney Houston
Chicago Reader - about 5 years
If you've come within earshot of a mainstream media outlet in the past week, you've encountered a tribute to <a class="fplink fp-282708" href="/whitney+houston+1">Whitney Houston</a>. There's a huge unspoken presence in almost every encomium, though: perhaps out of reluctance to seem to speak ill of the dead, they don't mention Houston's disastrous 2010 tour, which was as clear a signal as the public could've asked for that the singer was suffering.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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L'Etrange 2011 Announces Lineup - Twitch
Google News - over 5 years
... Gaspar Noe, Bruce LaBruce, Uwe Boll, Marc Caro, Franco Nero, Hideo Nakata, Udo Kier, Norman Spinrad, Genesis P. Orridge, Kinji Fukasaku, Jack Hill, Shinya Tsukamoto, Takashi Miike, Paul Schrader, Diamanda Galas, Alexander Hacke, Mayo Thompson
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Erasure, a horas de su show en Santiago: "Esta vez van a ver más drama" - El Mercurio OnLine (Chile)
Google News - over 5 years
Y ya entrados los &#39;90 marcaron un nuevo hit con &quot;Always&quot;, de I say, I say, I say (1995), para continuar con los estrenos más recientes: Erasure (1995), con la cantante Diamanda Galas como invitada; Cowboy (1997), Loveboat (2000), el disco de covers
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Going gothic at Strelka - Tne Moscow News
Google News - over 5 years
Among her influences, the singer/songwriter named “singers with big voices, like Diamanda Galas and Tina Turner,” as well as film scores from the 1970s and &#39;80s, and industrial and power electronics. “I try to create songs that are really massive and
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Wacken Open Air: Traditionspflege und Sittenverfall - Frankfurter Rundschau
Google News - over 5 years
Dazu spielten sie einen höchst performativen Manga-Metalcore, der Elemente des Progressive Rock mitverarbeitete und dank Sänger Kyo auch an die avantgardistische Vokalakrobatik eines Keiji Haino und einer Diamanda Galas erinnerte
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ROTTING CHRIST Song Featured In Trailer For Italian Horror Movie - Aug. 3, 2011 - Blabbermouth.net
Google News - over 5 years
&quot;Demonon Vrosis&quot; comes off ROTTING CHRIST&#39;s latest album, &quot;Aealo&quot;, which came out in March 2010. The CD was recorded at Lunatach Studios in Katerini, Greece and features guest appearances by Greek-American vocalist Diamanda Galas and PRIMORDIAL
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Ayshay (No 1075) - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Ayshay&#39;s music sounds like &quot;anything&quot; in that &quot;nothing&quot; in the pop music sphere will really prepare you for it, unless you happen to spend your day listening to Diamanda Galas, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson and Lorca/Starsailor-era Tim Buckley
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Words and Music: Our 60 Favorite Music Books - Pitchfork Media
Google News - over 5 years
Diamanda Galas&#39; Masque Oof the Red Death? Ditto. If there was something unclassifiable happening somewhere hot and uncomfortable, Gann was there. If the names and works listed above are utterly alien to you (as they are to most), therein lies much of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Diamanda Galás
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 60
    Galás is currently working on remastering her albums for release later 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Galás has often worked in the film industry. She was the voice of the dead in The Serpent and the Rainbow. A cover of the Schwartz-Dietz song "Dancing in the Dark" appears in Clive Barker's film Lord of Illusions during the closing credits. "Le Treizième Revient" and "Exeloume" appear on the soundtrack to Derek Jarman's The Last of England. She contributed vocals to Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film Dracula as a group of female vampires, and vocal improvisation to Hideo Nakata's 2005 film The Ring Two. Excerpts from Galás' "I Put a Spell on You", "Vena Cava", "The Lord is My Shepherd", and "Judgement Day" can be heard in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 57
    Most recently she contributed vocal work and composition to James Wan's 2013 horror film The Conjuring, and "Free Among the Dead", from Galás' The Divine Punishment was featured in Zoe Mavroudi's 2013 documentary about the criminalization of AIDS, Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-Hunt.
    More Details Hide Details Galás has cited multiple artists as influences on her music, including Maria Callas, John Lee Hooker, and Johnny Cash. She is also influenced greatly by Greek and Middle Eastern styles of singing, as well as blues music. Studio albums Compilation albums Live performance albums
    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".
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  • 2011
    Age 55
    In 2011, she premiered the film Schrei 27, made in collaboration with Italian filmmaker Davide Pepe.
    More Details Hide Details Based on Galás' 1994 radio piece, Schrei X, a co-commission of New American Radio and the Walker Art Center, the film is described as an "unrelenting" portrait of a body suffering torture in a medical facility.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The event took place at Leonhardskirche in Basel (Switzerland) from June 12 to 19.
  • 2010
    Age 54
    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 52
    In 2008, Galás released her seventh live album, Guilty Guilty Guilty.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 49
    In 2005, Galás was awarded Italy's prestigious Demetrio Stratos International Career Award.
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  • 2004
    Age 48
    In December 2004 Galás released, La Serpenta Canta a live album including material recorded between May 1999 & November 2002.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Defixiones refers to the warnings on Greek gravestones against removing the remains of the dead.
  • 2000
    Age 44
    In 2000 Galás worked with Recoil, contributing her voice to the album Liquid.
    More Details Hide Details She's the lead vocalist on the album's first single, "Strange Hours", for which she also wrote the lyrics, and can be heard on "Jezebel" and "Vertigen" as a backing vocalist.
  • 1998
    Age 42
    In 1998 Galás released Malediction and Prayer, which was recorded live in 1996 and 1997.
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  • 1997
    Age 41
    In 1997, Galás contributed vocals to the album Closed on Account of Rabies, a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe which also included Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry and Marianne Faithfull, lending their voices to the tales of the legendary author.
    More Details Hide Details Galás' reading of "The Black Cat" was the longest recording on the compilation.
  • 1996
    Age 40
    Also in 1996, she released Schrei X, a live recording.
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    Galás has published one book, The Shit of God, in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details It contains many of her original writings.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 39
    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.
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  • 1994
    Age 38
    In 1994 Galás collaborated with Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, a longtime admirer of the singer.
    More Details Hide Details The resulting record, The Sporting Life, was released the same year. She was also featured on the soundtrack for Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers.
  • 1993
    Age 37
    In 1993 Galás released Judgement Day, a video of her performances, and Vena Cava, a live album, recorded at The Kitchen in 1992.
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  • 1992
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1990
    Age 34
    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.
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  • 1989
    Age 33
    Galás appears on the 1989 studio album Moss Side Story by former Magazine and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds instrumentalist Barry Adamson.
    More Details Hide Details Moss Side Story is a "soundtrack for a non-existent film noir".
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was one of 53 people arrested inside the cathedral.
  • 1988
    Age 32
    In 1988 she joined ACT UP, the AIDS activist group.
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  • 1986
    Age 30
    Philip-Dimitri Galás died in 1986, just before the completion of the trilogy.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1984
    Age 28
    Galás began writing and performing on the subject of AIDS in 1984, while living in San Francisco.
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    Her second album, Diamanda Galas, was released in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Her work first garnered widespread attention with The Masque of the Red Death, an operatic trilogy which includes The Divine Punishment, Saint of the Pit and You Must Be Certain of the Devil. In it, she details the suffering of people with AIDS. Shortly after the recording of the trilogy's first volume began, her brother, playwright Philip-Dimitri Galás, became sick with the disease, which goaded Galás to redouble her efforts.
  • 1982
    Age 26
    Her first album was The Litanies of Satan, released in 1982.
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  • 1979
    Age 23
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born on August 29, 1955.
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