Diamanda Galás

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Tags: avant-garde experimental female vocalists singer-songwriter avantgarde Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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29 August 1955, San Diego, California, USA. A confrontational writer whose glass-shattering, pristine vocals are derived from the Schrei (shriek) opera of German expressionism where ‘sounds become corporal and movements aural’. On stage this is achieved with the aid of four microphones and a system of delays and echoes. Galas is a classically trained Greek American who released her debut The Litanies Of Satan on Y Records in 1982, before moving on to Mute Records. Her self-titled 1984 album is typical, comprising two ‘endless plays of pain’. ‘Panoptikon’ deals with Jeremy Bentham’s harrowing prison regime, while ‘Song From The Blood Of Those Murdered’ is dedicated to the Greek women killed by the Junta between 1967 and 1974. The Divine Punishment, Saint Of The Pit and You Must Be Certain Of The Devil comprise the Masque Of The Red Death trilogy, written in response to her brother’s death from AIDS. Galas has since...

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