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Diamanda Galás at The Barbican, London,19 June 2017

The ‘unique force of nature’ (The Wire), Avant-garde composer and vocalist Diamanda Galás, returns with her first new music in ten years.

Touching upon Contemporary Classical, Jazz and Metal, Galás has always defied categorisation – part performance-artist, part chanteuse – but has always guaranteed an exhilarating live experience. Tonight she sings from her two new albums, All the Way and O Death, which continue to cross genres. The former sees her apply her virtuosic vocal range to Jazz standards from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Johnny Paycheck, while O Death – recorded at the Mars Volta’s ATP in 2005 – is an apocalyptic explosion of sound using free-jazz distention and virtuosic fireworks.

‘She sings with an operatic soprano, a death-rattle rasp, work-song rhythms, sustained shrieks, long-lined modal incantations and rapid-fire gibberish; her piano can hint at bluesy boogie-woogie, tinkling minimalism and cracked church bells. It’s overwhelming.’ (New York Times)


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