Jul 23, 2020 - 8pm

Diamanda Galás

Vocalist, composer and pianist, Diamanda Galás has earned international acclaim for her highly original and politically charged performance works. Notable among these are Plague Mass, Defixiones: Orders from the Dead, Vena Cava, Insekta, Schrei X, and The Refugee. Galás has presented the work of living and dead poets who were imprisoned, exiled or assassinated from/by their own countries, and poets who lived in fear for their lives for real or perceived political/moral dissidence: Cesar Vallejo, Ali Ahmad Said Asbar, Cesare Pavese, Constantine Cavafy, Miguel Huezo Mixco, Jose-Maria Cuéllar, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and many others.

After years of lending her music to the films of directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Oliver Stone, Wes Craven, Clive Barker, Derek Jarman, Hideo Nakata, Mercedes Moncada, and others, Galás collaborated in 2011 with Italian filmmaker Davide Pepe to create the experimental film work, Schrei 27. The film, an unrelenting portrait of a body suffering torture in a medical facility, has gone on to be presented in museums, festivals, and cinemas worldwide.

Currently, Galás is composing a concert-length performance work for voice, electronics, multitracked distorted vocals, piano and organ, based upon three poems by the German Expressionist post Georg Heym. The first movement Das Fieberspital, based upon the Heym poem of the same name, was premiered as a work-in-progress at Adam Walsh's Dark Mofo in Tasmania.

At the end of July, Galás will release De-formation, Piano Variations on motifs from Das Fieberspital. This 21' 19" solo piano work was recorded and mixed by the artist Daniel Neumann for Galás’s label, Intravenal Sound Operations, in September 2019.

Original photo by Austin Young, graphic design by Robert Knoke

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