FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Diamanda Galás Announces New York, Toronto Performances
"All The Way" and "At Saint Thomas The Apostle, Harlem" Are Out Now
“The American singer stretches her voice from mirror-shattering highs to demonic lows in an intense, spiritual communion” - ****, The Guardian
“Restless and terrifying: Galás’s voice expands and shrinks at will, and a familiar past is made to sound hellish and mystical” - The New Yorker
“Her oeuvre evinces pure operatic skill, elements of cinematic and literary horror, consistent activism on the behalf of the victimized, potent threads of blues and jazz, and boldness of personality likely to make many pop stars jealous.”-The Vinyl District
“Chillingly moving.” – LA Weekly
Singer, pianist, and composer Diamanda Galás has announced rare performances in Brooklyn, NY and Toronto, ON. Her Brooklyn performances, including one on Halloween, are her first concerts in the city since the run at the Red Bull Music Academy Festival NYC in May of 2016 that produced her recent live album At Saint Thomas The Apostle, Harlem. Diamanda will be performing music featured on that album and All The Way, both of which were released on Intravenal Sound Operations earlier this year and were roundly critically praised. Galás recently toured Europe, with the Guardian giving her London performance 4 stars.
Diamanda Galás Tour Dates
October 29 – Brooklyn, NY – Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph [TICKETS: http://bit.ly/2t2qMff ]
October 31 – Brooklyn, NY – Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph [TICKETS: http://bit.ly/2tlTiLG ]
November 26 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall [TICKETS: http://bit.ly/2tZRMfx ]
Information on Diamanda Galás’ recent releases:
All The Way features singular, radical takes on familiar tunes, including Lew Brown and Ray Henderson’s “The Thrill Is Gone” and a solo piano interpretation of Thelonious Monk’s “’Round Midnight.” The album’s centerpiece is the American traditional “O Death,” which has become a staple in live performances, and concludes with “Pardon Me I’ve got Someone To Kill” by country singer Johnny Paycheck. All The Way includes both live recordings (recorded in Paris, Copenhagen, and East Sussex) and studio recordings made in San Diego, CA.
At Saint Thomas the Apostle Harlem documents Galás’ volcanic May 2016 performances as Saint Thomas the Apostle church in Harlem, NY, described by the New York Times as “guttural and operatic, baleful and inconsolable, spiritual and earthy, polyglot and wordless, nuanced and unhinged.” The concert, produced by Intravenal Sound Operations and Red Bull Music Academy, was composed exclusively of what Galás calls “death songs.” Sung in Italian, German, French, and Greek, the performances include Galás’ dramatic settings of the death poems by Cesare Pavese and Ferdinand Freiligrath, as well as interpretations of songs by Jacques Brel (“Fernand”, “Amsterdam”) and Albert Ayler (“Angels,” sung by Galás, who has always believed that Ayler’s work is also vocal music).
Taken together these albums showcase the work of an artist at the height of her power and creativity, demonstrating mastery not only of her voice (for which she has become so well known), but also of the piano, and as a composer.
The composer, vocalist and activist Diamanda Galás is one of the most uncompromising and influential avant-garde performers of the last thirty years, with an extensive catalog of work that is often oppressive but always thrilling. With a searing voice and background in classical and jazz piano, Galás has continually asserted the connection between her art and activism, tackling subjects like torture, genocide and AIDS in philosophically thoughtful and musically incendiary ways. Galás has previously collaborated with musicians varying from Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones to influential composer Iannis Xenakis, in addition to numerous others; and her vocal technique and performance has been cited as an inspiration by such performers as PJ Harvey and Anohni. Over the past few years, Galás has been working extensively in Europe, in particular on the theatrical performance “Das Fieberspital (The Fever Hospital)” — based on the writings of Georg Heym, Gottfried Benn and herself — at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland.
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Diamanda Galás – All The Way
Out March 24th
1. All The Way (Composed by Jimmy Van Heusen)
2. You Don’t Know What Love Is (Composed by Don Raye & Gene de Paul)
3. The Thrill Is Gone (Composed by Lew Brown & Ray Henderson)
4. Round Midnight (Composed by Thelonious Monk)
5. O Death (Traditional & Diamanda Galás)
6. Pardon Me I’ve Got Someone To Kill (Composed by Johnny Paycheck)
Diamanda Galás – At Saint Thomas the Apostle Harlem
Out March 24th
1. Verrá la morte e avrá tuoi occhi (Text by Cesare Pavese, music by Diamanda Galás)
2. Anoixe Petra (Words by Lefteris Papadopolous, music by Mimis Plessas)
3. Angels (Composed by Albert Ayler)
4. Die Stunde Kommt (Text by Ferdinand Freiligrath, music by Diamanda Galás)
5. Fernand (Text by Jacques Brel, music by Gérard Jouannest)
6. O Death (Traditional & Diamanda Galás)
7. Amsterdam (Text by Jacques Brel, music by Gérard Jouannest)
8. Artemis (Text by Gérard de Nerval, music by Diamanda Galás)
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(Photo Credit: Luigi DePalma)