Diamanda Galás ‎– Vena Cava

Mute ‎– CD STUMM 119
CD, Album


1 Vena Cava 1 12:53
2 Vena Cava 2 4:55
3 Vena Cava 3 6:22
4 Vena Cava 4 10:26
5 Vena Cava 5 7:35
6 Vena Cava 6 1:46
7 Vena Cava 7 14:24
8 Vena Cava 8 3:11

Companies, etc.


  • Accordion, Vocals [There Is A Balm In Gilead]Philip-Dimitri Galás
  • Composed By, Written-By, PerformerDiamanda Galás
  • Engineer [Additional Tape Production]Blaise Dupuy
  • Liner NotesRobert R. Conroy*
  • Other [Computer Therapy] – Patrick Gibson, Robert Bial
  • Other [Minister Of Information For Intravenal Sound Operations] – Micahel Flanagan
  • Other [Original Lighting Design] – Dan Katlowitz
  • Photography By [Of Ms. Galás]Robbie Lorenço
  • Photography By [Of Philip-dimitri Galás]Kent Strother
  • Photography By [Visceral], Art DirectionFred Sodima*
  • ProducerEric Liljestrand


Performance recorded at The Kitchen, NYC February/March 1992. Edited at Sorcerer Sound and Passport Studios. Dedicated to Scott MacCauley.

Tape sources: Gordon Hempton "Onkaongan Overture/Tennessee Nightwalk" natural sounds courtesy of Miaramar Productions, Seattle Washington; Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass "Silent Night" used with kind permission of BMG Records, UK Limited on behalf of BMG Music; Various Artists "A Music Box Christmas (Silent Night)" provided courtesy of Columbia Records; Ray Coniff "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" provided courtesy of Columbia Records, written by J.F. Coots and H. Gillespie, published by EMI United Partners.
Additional musical material: "Porgi Amor" (La Nozze di Figaro) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791); "Hush Little Baby" written by Inez Fox & Charlie Fox (Public Domain); "Amazing Grace" written by Arne/Newton (Public Domain); "There Is A Balm In Gilead" (Traditional); "When I Am Laid In Earth" written by Henry Purcell.

Published by Mute Song.

Development Commission:
Thanks to Bobbie Tsumagari, Arranged Introductions, Scott MacCauley and The Kitchen, Carlotta Schoolman, Mary Griffin, The Samuel Fleischer Memorial, Philadelphia, The Ford Foundation, Meet The Composer, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thanks: Barbara Maier, Serena Toubin, Linda Greenberg, Cassie Roessel, Galás Family, Daniel Miller, Robin O'Hara, Steve Keever, Vera Berens, Patrick Derivaz, Greg Guarino, Scott Guarino, Eric Latzky, Scott Lehrer, Aldo Hernandez, Jedediah Wheeler, Jennifer Uniack.
Special thanks to Felice Ecker. Very special thanks to Carl Valentino.

The writing of Vena Cava was inspired in great part by the work of Philip-Dimitri Galas 1954-1986.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5016025611195
  • Barcode (Printed): 5 016025 611195
  • Matrix / Runout: CDSTUMM 119 : I:2 MASTERED BY NIMBUS

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
STUMM 119 Diamanda Galás Vena Cava(LP, Album) Mute STUMM 119 UK 1993 Sell This Version
STUMM 119 Diamanda Galás Vena Cava(Cass, Album, Promo) Mute STUMM 119 UK 1993 Sell This Version
INT 846.892, STUMM 149 Diamanda Galás Vena Cava(CD, Album) Mute, Mute INT 846.892, STUMM 149 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
8-607, 61459-2 Diamanda Galás Vena Cava(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) ArsNova, Mute (2) 8-607, 61459-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
PCCY-00622 Diamanda Galás Vena Cava(CD, Album) Mute PCCY-00622 Japan 1993 Sell This Version