06. October 2007

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Diamanda Galás “Guilty Guilty Guilty”

Diamanda Galás (USA): vocals, piano

After her sensational performance at the 2003 Kontraste, it is the charismatic, gloomy-passionate singer, pianist and composer Diamanda Galás’ second time at the Klangraum Krems Minorite Church. Her new program “Guilty Guilty Guilty” is made up of tragic and murderous love and death songs, gospels of desperation, monotony, and relief. Besides her own songs Galás interprets songs that originally became known through Edith Piaf, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Jacques Prevert, Timi Yuro Ralph Stanley, and others.

In the late 70s composers like Viktor Globokar and Jannis Xenakis took notice of the dramatic, polyphonic, screaming, whispering four-octave voice of the Greece-born Californian, yet in 1982, her debut “The Litanies of the Satan” and the following performances “Masque of the Red Death” and “Plague Mass” shaped the media image of Galás as the “gothic diva”, as extreme vocalist and performer of the abysmal and dreadful. Death and sexuality, AIDS, genocide, exile, and human injustice have remained her highly touching concerts’ topics ever since.

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