RBMA NYC: DIAMANADA GALAS
THE COMPOSER AND VOLCANIC VOCALIST PERFORMS IN NYC FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ALMOST A DECADE
The volcanic composer, vocalist and activist Diamanda Galás is one of the most uncompromising and influential avant-garde performers of the last thirty years, with an extensive catalog of work that is often oppressive but always thrilling. With a searing voice and background in classical and jazz piano, Galás has continually asserted the connection between her art and activism, tackling subjects like torture, genocide and AIDS in philosophically thoughtful and musically incendiary ways. Galás has previously collaborated with musicians varying from free jazz saxophonist John Zorn and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones to influential composer Iannis Xenakis and industrial musician FM Einheit, in addition to numerous others, and her vocal technique and performance has been cited as an inspiration by performers such as PJ Harvey and Anohni. Over the past few years, Galás has been working extensively in Europe, in particular on the theatrical performance “Das Fieberspital (The Fever Hospital)” — based on the writings of Georg Heym, Gottfried Benn and herself — at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland. This May, Galás returns to a New York City stage to perform new music in an appropriately dazzling setting – St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Harlem.