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Diamanda Galás: Death Will Come And Have Your Eyes At Roadburn 2016

Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

After a few months of following Lee Dorrian down the rabbit hole of his creative vision, we are extremely proud to announce the presence of Diamanda Galás at Roadburn 2016.

Having taken up the voice – that piercingly beautiful, hauntingly multi-octave voice of hers – as her main vehicle of expression in her twenties, and after years of studying the piano, playing everything from Monk to Beethoven, from Brahms to Bud Powell, the American-born singer of Greek descent decided to create a different kind of music.

Over the years both her solo voice and her voice and piano performances have become the stuff of undisputed legend. Employing many different traditions in her singing, from bel canto to the Amanes of Anatolia, to blues, as well as developing her own avant-garde styles, Diamanda Galás has used song, words and performances as sharp, ruthless weapons against injustice, intolerance and prejudice, wherever they might exist and whomever they might affect.

Now, we will have the honour and the privilege to welcome an artist of this magnitude and importance, as Diamanda Galás will headline Lee Dorrian’s Rituals for the Blind Dead Pt.1 on Friday, April 15 with a performance entitled Death Will Come and Have Your Eyes.

The more literate among you will recognise it as the first line of a harrowing Cesare Pavese poem, one of the several found on his desk after his suicide. Poetry, in fact, has long been a source of inspiration for Diamanda Galás, often serving as a basis for original compositions, which alongside reinterpreted jazz and free jazz standards, cowboy songs, and French chansons form the bulk of her current voice and piano performances.

Lee Dorrian commented: “I first became aware of Diamanda Galas when I saw her perform on the famous Friday tea-time TV show, The Tube, on Channel 4, some time back in the mid 80’s. The sheer terrifying intensity of that performance led me to want to find out more. Within a week or two, I had all of her records up to that point and became an obsessive fan. To say that Diamanda is unique is a complete understatement, and seeing her perform live for the first time in 1990 still counts as one of the most intense performances I have ever witnessed.

“Dark seems like a trivial word to use when describing her music but dark she undoubtedly is at the most extreme level. When Cathedral were working on Forest of Equilibrium, her records were a lurking soundtrack to the anxieties we faced and the darkness we were aiming for. No one has ever really captured the true spirit of epic, operatic darkness as she: she is the true master of the art.

“To have Diamanda perform at Rituals for the Blind Dead is, for me, the absolute icing on the cake for the main stage on Friday, April 15. This line-up is like the ultimate gig I always dreamed to see, so thank you to everyone involved so far in making this all a possibility.”

Because nothing about Diamanda Galás is predictable or usual, her headlining show will begin at 15.30 (3.30pm) due to technical and logistical requirements, so you’ll have the rest of the day to ponder about the musical history you have just witnessed.

Furthermore, as an extra gift to our ever faithful attendees, that will not be all for Diamanda Galás at Roadburn 2016. On Saturday, April 16, the singer will also be a part of Lee Dorrian’s Rituals For The Blind Dead Pt.2 at Het Patronaat, which will be turned into a seated venue for the screening of Schrei 27.

Diamanda chose Italian filmmaker Davide Pepe for this project, a film which features her original compositions for Schrei 27 as its basis. An “aria of pain”, as it is described, it presents the viewer with an unrelenting portrait of a body suffering torture within the restricted confines of a medical facility, and it features Diamanda Galás and Salvatore Bevilacqua as a person who is taken to a mental hospital after arrest for treason. You can learn all about it HERE. The screening starts at 13:30 (1:30pm), and after the viewing, there will also be an absolutely unmissable Q&A with Diamanda herself about it.

Since 2013, Galás has been working with the Grotowski Institute in creation of a large work, DAS FIEBERSPITAL, which will be premiered in Wroclaw in 2017.

Roadburn history will be made with the presence of one of the most important artists of our time. It is our pleasure to accompany you on this very special journey.

Roadburn Festival takes place between 14 – 17 April 2016 at the 013 venue, in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Tickets are on sale!

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