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
Diamanda Galás Untitled Ionizations US 1981 Sell This Version
Diamánda Gálás* The Litanies Of Satan (Album, MiniAlbum) Y Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
Diamanda Galas* Diamanda Galas (Album) Metalanguage US 1984 Sell This Version
Diamanda Galas* Saint Of The Pit (Album) Mute US 1986 Sell This Version
Diamanda Galás The Divine Punishment (Album) Mute, Mute France 1986 Sell This Version
Diamanda Galas* You Must Be Certain Of The Devil (Album) Mute 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
Diamanda Galás Plague Mass (Album) Mute UK 1991 Sell This Version
Diamanda Galás The Singer (Album) Mute US 1992 Sell This Version
Diamanda Galás Vena Cava (Album) Mute Japan 1993 Sell This Version
Diamanda Galás With John Paul Jones Diamanda Galás With John Paul Jones - The Sporting Life (Album) Mute US 1994 Sell This Version
Diamanda Galás Schrei x (Album) Mute US 1996 Sell This Version
Diamanda Galás Malediction And Prayer (Album) Asphodel Europe 1998 Sell This Version
Diamanda Galás Defixiones - Will And Testament Mute UK 2003 Sell This Version
Diamanda Galás La Serpenta Canta (Album) Mute, Mute, Mute UK & US 2003 Sell This Version
Diamanda Galás Guilty Guilty Guilty (Album) Mute Netherlands 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Diamanda Galas* Double-Barrel Prayer (Maxi) Mute Benelux 1988 Sell This Version
Diamanda Galás With John Paul Jones Diamanda Galás With John Paul Jones - Do You Take This Man? (Single) Mute 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

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