Diamanda Galás

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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Diamanda Galás Discography

Albums

ML 108 Jim French With Diamánda Galás* And Henry Kaiser Jim French With Diamánda Galás* And Henry Kaiser - If Looks Could Kill(LP) Metalanguage ML 108 US 1979 Sell This Version
none Diamanda Galás Untitled Ionizations none US 1981 Sell This Version
Y 18 Diamánda Gálás* The Litanies Of Satan (Album, MiniAlbum) Y Records Y 18 UK 1982 Sell This Version
ML 119 Diamanda Galas* Diamanda Galas (Album) Metalanguage ML 119 US 1984 Sell This Version
7 71418-1 Diamanda Galas* Saint Of The Pit (Album) Mute 7 71418-1 US 1986 Sell This Version
70457 Diamanda Galás The Divine Punishment (Album) Mute, Mute 70457 France 1986 Sell This Version
7 71403-1, STUMM 46 Diamanda Galas* You Must Be Certain Of The Devil (Album) Mute 7 71403-1, STUMM 46 US 1988 Sell This Version
ZK-FV32 Diamanda Galás Živi V Ljubljani - Maska Rdeče Smrti(Cass, Album) ŠKUC ZK-FV32 Yugoslavia 1989 Sell This Version
CDSTUMM 83 Diamanda Galás Plague Mass (Album) Mute CDSTUMM 83 UK 1991 Sell This Version
9 61278-4 Diamanda Galás The Singer (Album) Mute 9 61278-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
PCCY-00622 Diamanda Galás Vena Cava (Album) Mute PCCY-00622 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
MUTE 61672-4 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) Mute MUSDJ4-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
CDSTUMM163, 5016025611638 Diamanda Galás Malediction And Prayer (Album) Asphodel CDSTUMM163, 5016025611638 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
STUMM 205 Diamanda Galás Defixiones - Will And Testament Mute STUMM 205 UK 2003 Sell This Version
CDSTUMM206, 07243 5 93591 0 6, MUT 69255 Diamanda Galás La Serpenta Canta (Album) Mute, Mute, Mute CDSTUMM206, 07243 5 93591 0 6, MUT 69255 UK & US 2003 Sell This Version
CD STUMM 274, 5099950458226 Diamanda Galás Guilty Guilty Guilty (Album) Mute CD STUMM 274, 5099950458226 Netherlands 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MUTE 124675 Diamanda Galas* Double-Barrel Prayer (Maxi) Mute MUTE 124675 Benelux 1988 Sell This Version
INT 826.636, 7243 4 72040 2 9, CD Mute 117 Diamanda Galás With John Paul Jones Diamanda Galás With John Paul Jones - Do You Take This Man? (Single) Mute INT 826.636, 7243 4 72040 2 9, CD Mute 117 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
none Diamanda Galás Pardon Me, I've Got Someone To Kill(File, WAV, Single) Intravenal Sound Operations none Unknown

Compilations

CD STUMM 33 Diamanda Galas* The Divine Punishment & Saint Of The Pit (Comp) Mute CD STUMM 33 UK 1988 Sell This Version
GALAS 1, CD STUMM 33, CD STUMM 46 Diamanda Galás Masque Of The Red Death Mute, Mute, Mute GALAS 1, CD STUMM 33, CD STUMM 46 UK 1988 Sell This Version

Videos

none Diamanda Galás The Litanies Of Satan(VHS, NTSC) Intravenal Sound Operations, Target Video none US 1986 Sell This Version
74321 16273-3 Diamanda Galás Judgement Day(VHS) BMG Video, Mute Film 74321 16273-3 UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Diamanda Galás Panoptikon(VHS, PAL) Not On Label none Germany Unknown Sell This Version