Totemism

This blog is dedicated to the first rate performer, singer and musician Diamanda Galás. Diamanda Galás (born August 29, 1955) is a Greek-American avant-garde composer, vocalist, pianist, performance artist and painter. Known for her expert piano as well as her distinctive, operatic voice, which has a three and a half octave range, Galás has been described as "capable of the most unnerving vocal terror". Galás often shrieks, howls, and seems to imitate glossolalia in her performances. Her works largely concentrate on the topics of suffering, despair, condemnation, injustice and isolation. She has worked with many avant-garde composers, including Iannis Xenakis, Vinko Globokar and John Zorn. Greatness exists independent of most peoples judgement or opinion. We only listen to the wise. The fools have no vote, this is not a democracy. Photos are published by the kind permission of the artist.

O' Death

Kategori: Allmänt, Diamanda Galás, Music, Unreleased recording

O'Death (traditional dirge)

O' Death is a traditional American folk song. Its original author is unknown.
O' Death is found in white and black-American tradition from Texas to the
Georgia Sea Islands and is availabletoday in widely contrasting settings:
unaccompanied vocal solo, hillbilly duet (with guitars),bluegrass band, voice
and piano etc. Some place the song on the lips of a dying slave beaten
by a cruel plantation mistress, or on the lips of a Kentucky hill-preacher
stricken by the Lord for ignoring His call. Diamanda's performance of this dirge
is monumental and larger than life. Her mezzo-tinged soprano offers a dark
coloring to sound the miseries and consolation of death. Her singing has, through
and through, a striking sense of immediacy. She has taken the essence of being
and purified it into an otherworldy ambiance. We are enriched through heightened
perception. We have in a flash been granted a conception of being that we did not
previously have, and that is the sign of a truly great artist-singer. The piano part is
darkcolored and concentrated, but also profoundly lyrical and fiercely alive in every
fiber of its troubled being. The beauty and ease of her singing, and the natural ability
to float her voiceeffortlessly is a wonder. O'Death,replete with gratifying legato.
This is an unreleased recording.
 
 
[A dirge is a somber song or lament expressing mourning or grief, such as would
be appropriate for performance at a funeral.]
 
Photo:Allan Amato
 
 
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