For over 23 years Diamanda Galás has been using her stunning vocal range and technique to give voice to the dark, painful aspects of human existence. Her powerful and passionate meditations on death, suffering and loss are often given specific focus through her exploration of such themes as AIDS and AIDS dementia, clinical depression, torture in isolation, insanity, and others.
Her most recent work, Defixiones, deals with the exile and genocide experienced by Armenian, Assyrian, and Pontic Greek peoples at the hands of the Ottoman Empire during the first World War. In giving voice to these themes, Diamanda glides effortlessly through a huge range of personas and styles, moving from piercing operatic arcs to incoherent muttering, from Greek Rembetika to American Blues and Gospel, from leaden incantations to passionate rages, harrowing shrieks to faint whispers. Her music is a means to grieve for the dead and the dying, while also offering up a mirror for the rest of us to look into. Listen to Diamanda Galás perform Holokaftoma
Zion Church Sanctuary
32 Weber Street West in Kitchener
Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 pm
$28 | $20 student/senior