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)