Diamanda Galás

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Diamanda Galás (August 29, 1955, San Diego, USA) is a Greek American performance artist, singer, pianist and composer.

Living in New York City since 1989, Galás was born from Greek Anatolian parents, who always encouraged her gift for piano. From early on she studied both classical and jazz, accompanying her father’s gospel choir before joining his New Orleans-style band, and performing as a piano soloist with the San Diego Symphony at 14.

During the seventies, she played piano in the improvisational scene around San Diego and Los Angeles with musicians such as Mark Dresser or Butch Morris. She made her performance debut at the Festival d’Avignon in 1979, where she sang the lead role in Vinko Globokar’s opera, "Un jour comme un autre". While in France, Galás also performed Iannis Xenakis’s work with l’Ensemble intercontemporain and Musique vivante.

Galás first rose to international prominence with her quadrophonic performances of Wild Women with Steak Knives (1980) and The Litanies of Satan (1982).

Later she created the controversial Plague Mass - a requiem for those dead and dying of AIDS - performed at Saint John the Divine cathedral in New York City. From there, Galás attacked the Roman Catholic church and the society in general for its indifference for the AIDS pandemic.
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ML 108 Diamanda Galás - If Looks Could Kill album art Jim French With Diamánda Galás* And Henry Kaiser Jim French With Diamánda Galás* And Henry Kaiser - If Looks Could Kill(LP, Album) Metalanguage ML 108 US 1979 Sell This Version
none Diamanda Galás - Diamanda Galas album art Diamánda Galás* Diamanda Galas Ionizations none US 1982 Sell This Version
Y 18 Diamanda Galás - The Litanies Of Satan album art Diamánda Gálás* The Litanies Of Satan (Album, MiniAlbum) Y Records Y 18 UK 1982 Sell This Version
ML 119 Diamanda Galás - Diamanda Galas album art Diamanda Galas* Diamanda Galas (Album) Metalanguage ML 119 US 1984 Sell This Version
70457 Diamanda Galás - The Divine Punishment album art Diamanda Galás The Divine Punishment (Album) Mute, Mute 70457 France 1986 Sell This Version
7 71418-1 Diamanda Galás - Saint Of The Pit album art Diamanda Galas* Saint Of The Pit (Album) Mute, Mute 7 71418-1 US 1986 Sell This Version
7 71403-1, STUMM 46 Diamanda Galás - You Must Be Certain Of The Devil album art Diamanda Galas* You Must Be Certain Of The Devil (Album) Mute 7 71403-1, STUMM 46 US 1988 Sell This Version
INT 192.724 Diamanda Galás - Plague Mass album art Diamanda Galás Plague Mass (Album) Mute INT 192.724 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
9 61278-4 Diamanda Galás - The Singer album art Diamanda Galás The Singer (Album) Mute 9 61278-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
PCCY-00622 Diamanda Galás - Vena Cava album art Diamanda Galás Vena Cava (Album) Mute PCCY-00622 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
MUTE 61672-4 Diamanda Galás - The Sporting Life album art Diamanda Galás With John Paul Jones Diamanda Galás With John Paul Jones - The Sporting Life (Album) Mute MUTE 61672-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
MUSDJ4-2 Diamanda Galás - Schrei X album art Diamanda Galás Schrei X (Album) Mute MUSDJ4-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
CDSTUMM163, 5016025611638 Diamanda Galás - Malediction And Prayer album art Diamanda Galás Malediction And Prayer (Album) Mute CDSTUMM163, 5016025611638 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
STUMM 205 Diamanda Galás - Defixiones - Will And Testament album art Diamanda Galás Defixiones - Will And Testament (Album) Mute, Mute STUMM 205 UK 2003 Sell This Version
cdstumm206, 0724359359106, CDSTUMM206 Diamanda Galás - La Serpenta Canta album art Diamanda Galás La Serpenta Canta (Album) Mute, Mute, Mute cdstumm206, 0724359359106, CDSTUMM206 UK, Europe & US 2003 Sell This Version
CDSTUMM274 Diamanda Galás - Guilty Guilty Guilty album art Diamanda Galás Guilty Guilty Guilty (Album) Mute, Mute CDSTUMM274 UK 2007 Sell This Version
ISO 002 Diamanda Galás - All The Way album art Diamanda Galás All The Way (Album) Intravenal Sound Operations ISO 002 US 2017 Sell This Version
ISO 003 Diamanda Galás - At Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem album art Diamanda Galás At Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem (Album) Not On Label (Diamanda Galás Self-released) ISO 003 US 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MUTE 124675 Diamanda Galás - Double-Barrel Prayer album art Diamanda Galas* Double-Barrel Prayer (Maxi) Mute MUTE 124675 Benelux 1988 Sell This Version
Mute 171 Diamanda Galás - Do You Take This Man? album art Diamanda Galás With John Paul Jones Diamanda Galás With John Paul Jones - Do You Take This Man? (Single) Mute Mute 171 UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Diamanda Galás - A Soul That's Been Abused album art Diamanda Galás A Soul That's Been Abused(File, WAV, Single) Intravenal Sound Operations none 2009
none Diamanda Galás - Gloomy Sunday album art Diamanda Galás Gloomy Sunday(File, WAV, Single) Intravenal Sound Operations none 2009
none Diamanda Galás - Pardon Me, I've Got Someone To Kill album art Diamanda Galás Pardon Me, I've Got Someone To Kill(File, WAV, Single) Intravenal Sound Operations none 2009
none Diamanda Galás - You Don't Know What Love Is album art Diamanda Galás You Don't Know What Love Is(File, WAV, Single) Intravenal Sound Operations none 2009
none Diamanda Galás - O Death album art Diamanda Galás O Death(File, WAV, Single) Intravenal Sound Operations none US 2009

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Crijevo

Crijevo

February 12, 2020
Unique, confrontational, uncompromising, powerful, hysterical, possessed and at times insufferable. The one and only - Diamanda.
jlrake

jlrake

September 19, 2013
Of the three albums in her '80s trilogy, I recall having purchased and see in shops The Divine Punishment before SAint Of The Pit, though they're listed in reverse order here.

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