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Diamanda Galás Prepares To Perform A New Defixiones

Ted Drozdowski, The Boston Phoenix, 2 September 2005

DIAMANDA GALÁS has had a talent for plucking beauty from the maw of horror for more than 20 years – right from her first solo recording, 1984's Diamanda Galás (Metalanguage), which explored the psychology of imprisonment in 'Panoptikon' and commemorated those killed by the 1967-'74 Greek junta in 'Tragouthia apo to aima exoun phonos', which translates as 'Song from the Blood of Those Murdered'. But her latest concert work, the Mass Defixiones: Will and Testament – Orders from the Dead, which gets its East Coast debut at New York City's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University in performances September 8 and 10, is her most harrowing opus.

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