September 9, 1986 |
"The Litanies of Satan." Diamanda Galas. Target. $25. As a singer, Galas makes Nina Hagen sound like Anne Murray, and when she wields two microphones she looks like a glitter Gypsy impersonating a walrus. In this 20-minute concert video, director-editor Joe Reese finds good visual parallels for the demonic diva's atonal flights through Baudelaire, keeping things lively and providing some scary fun with solarizations, grainy altered images, strobe effects, freeze frames and ghostly emanations.
November 25, 1996 |
Diamanda Galas' most famous work is "Plague Mass." Her music has been called "Schrei Opera"--from the German word for "shriek." With a wildly shifting three-octave range and songs about tragic love, AIDS and the kind of joy that only arises from deep despair, Galas doesn't entertain, she threatens.
November 25, 2001
Art for therapy has been big for a long time--as long as I can remember, which is about 47 years. So long, that many readers can be incensed by Christopher Knight's sensible and closely reasoned article ("What Exactly Can Art Heal?," Nov. 4). Incensed, so far as I can gather, because for them, art's only value is therapeutic. Attack that and you're attacking art. And not just attacking art, but attacking artists and art societies and the people who have been or will be healed by art's gentle ministrations.
June 8, 1986 |
In this feature, The Times' Pop Music writers spotlight out-of-the-way albums of special merit. Album: "A Diamond Hidden in the Mouth of a Corpse" (Giorno Poetry Systems Records). Artists: Husker Du, David Johansen, John Giorno Band, William S. Burroughs, Sonic Youth, Cabaret Voltaire, Diamanda Galas, Coil, Michael Gira, David Van Tieghem, Jessica Hagedorn & the Gangster Choir.
December 1, 2001 |
An interesting crowd showed up at UCLA's Royce Hall on Thursday for the U.S. premiere of vocalist Diamanda Galas' newest work, "Defixiones, Will and Testament." Neutrally clad middle-agers, perhaps attuned to Galas during her new music/performance art days of the '80s, blended easily with the guy in a Motorhead T-shirt, goth rockers and fans of various and sundry hair hues.