artFREQ. & CPH PIX præsenterer:
Ildspydende stemmepragt og verdenspremiere i Marmorkirken
Berygtede fire oktaver og koncertflygel
Græsk-amerikanske Diamanda Galás (f. 1955) er pianist og vokalvirtuos af mytiske dimensioner. Hun er klassisk uddannet operasangerinde og har studeret jazz på eliteplan, men hun har konsekvent skabt sit eget avantgardistiske sangudtryk, og mestrer hele fire skræmmende oktaver!
Diamanda Galás sang udspringer nok fra operaen, men spændvidden er enorm, fra sagte hvisken og gennemtrængende skrig, til særlige arabiske sangteknikker og tungetale. Galás er uden sammenligning, og hendes musikalske univers skal ganske enkelt opleves live. – Galás’ stemme er i sandhed unik og siges at skure sjælen ren.
I Marmorkirkens imposante arkitektur opfører Galás det særligt udvalgte koncertprogram ’Your Kisses are like Fire’ for vokal og Steinway Model-D flygel.
Lydia Lunch & Jacob Kirkegaard fremfører ’Forget to Breathe’:
Koncertpremieren forener Danmarks internationalt anerkendte soundartist; Jacob Kirkegaards bearbejdning af reallyde, baseret på field recordings, og cello med Lydia Lunchs notorisk rå poesi og uortodokse guitar.
Lydia Lunch har gennem fire årtier skabt sig en særposition inden for flere kunstdiscipliner – fra ung ekspresiv støjpioner i 1970’ernes; No wave, over litteratur, spoken word og i filmbevægelsen ’Cinema of Transgression’, i samarbejder med bl.a. Richard Kern, Nick Zedd og Vivienne Dick-
Lunch musikalske samarbejder spænder over Sonic Youth, Nick Cave, Einstürzende Neubauten til danske Sort Sol…
Hailed as one of the most important singers of our time, Diamanda Galás has earned international acclaim for her highly original and politically charged performance works, as well as her memorable rendition of jazz and blues. A resident of New York City since 1989, she was born to Anatolian and Greek parents, who always encouraged her gift for piano. From early on she studied both classical and jazz, accompanying her father’s gospel choir before joining his New Orleans-style band, and performing as a piano soloist with the San Diego Symphony at 14.
In the 70s, Galás played piano in the improvisational scene around San Diego and Los Angeles with musicians such as Bobby Bradford, Mark Dresser, Roberto Miranda, Butch Morris, and David Murray. She made her performance debut at the Festival d’Avignon in 1979, where she sang the lead role in Vinko Globokar’s opera, Un jour comme un autre, based upon the Amnesty International documentation of the arrest and torture of a Turkish woman for alleged treason. While in France, she also performed Iannis Xenakis’s work with l’Ensemble Intercontemporain and Musique Vivante.
Galás first rose to international prominence with her quadrophonic performances of Wild Women with Steak Knives (1980) and the album The Litanies of Satan (1982). Later she created the controversial Plague Mass, a requiem for those dead and dying of AIDS, which she performed at Saint John the Divine cathedral in New York City and released as a double CD in 1991. In 1994, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and Diamanda Galás sought each other out for a collaboration that resulted in the visionary rock album, The Sporting Life.
Over the past two decades, Galás’s wide range of musical and theatrical works have included The Singer (1992), a compilation of blues and gospel standards; Vena Cana (1993), exploring AIDS dementia and clinical depression; Schrei 27 (1996), a radical solo piece for voice and ring modulators about torture in isolation; Malediction and Prayer (1998), a setting of jazz and blues as well as love and death poems by Charles Baudelaire, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Salvadoran guerrilla fighter and poet Miguel Huezo Mixco, occasionally fused with the virtuosic singing of the Amanes (improvised lamentation from Asia Minor); La Serpanta Canta (2004), a greatest-hits collection from Hank Williams to Ornette Coleman; and Defixiones, Will and Testament (2004), a 80-minute memorial tribute to the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian victims of the Turkish genocides from 1914-1923.
Galás has contributed her voice and music to Francis Ford Coppola’s film, Dracula, Oliver Stones’ Natural Born Killers, Spanish/Nicaraguan filmmaker Mercedes Moncada Rodriguez’s El Immortal (The Immortal), as well as films by Wes Craven, Clive Barker, Derek Jarman, Hideo Nakata, and many others. In 2005, Galas was awarded Italy’s first Demetrio Stratos International Career Award. Her much-anticipated CD, Guilty Guilty Guilty, a compilation of tragic and homicidal love songs, was released by Caroline in the U.S. and MUTE UK worldwide on April 1, 2008; You’re My Thrill, will be released in 2009.
LYDIA LUNCH & JACOB KIRKEGAARD have created a unique audio companion to her book AMNESIA. FORGET TO BREATHE is a collaborative investigation featuring the psycho-acoustics of Belchite Spain.
In June of 2008 Lunch and Kirkegaard set out on a pilgrimage to the orphaned ruins in order to capture the essence of its other worldly atmosphere. These field recordings were used as the building blocks for a song cycle designed to envelop the listener in a haunting atmosphere in which to disappear while reading the book.
Voted by TIMEOUT Magazine 2007 as one of the most influential performers from New York City, LYDIA LUNCH continues to explore new mediums in which to exorcize her demons. Writer, performer, musician, and poetry’s most confrontational spoken word artist, she has collaborated with dozens of other visionaries including Hubert Selby Jr, Karen Finley, Richard Kern and Sonic Youth, creating an unparalleled body of work.
JACOB KIRKEGAARD explores the scientific and aesthetic aspects of resonance, time and hearing. Utilizing unorthodox recording tools such as accelerometers, hydrophones or home-built electromagnetic receivers, Kirkegaard captures and contextualize hidden sounds and the phenomena within an acoustic space which usually remains inaccessible to sense perception. A graduate of the Academy for Media Arts in Cologne, Germany Kirkegaard has presented numerous workshops and lectures in academic institutions such as the Royal Academy of Architecture in Copenhagen and at the Art Institute of Chicago. During the last decade he has presented exhibitions, performed at festivals and attende
Tickets @ BILLETnet.dk:
- performing: ‘Your Kisses are like Fire’- live
Lydia Lunch & Jacob Kirkegaard
- the world premiere live: ‘Forget to Breath’- live
LYDIA LUNCH & JACOB KIRKEGAARD