SYNOPSIS: In which your Uncle LD is honored by the regal presence of Diamanda: the brain, voice, heart and soul (in the secular sense, natch) of contemporary experimental vocal music. Songs are dissected and played, and her glorious Valentine’s Day Massacre (in which the internationally acclaimed Diva shreds favorite love songs in the third of a series of grand performances) is touted. Listen up, and then go get your tickets for this glorious, trashy, tragic, sexy and profoundly moving show… which is a featured event in the Knitting Factory’s ongoing 20th anniversary celebration.
Diamanda’s sonic assault will feature the Ralph Stanley’s haunting O Death, love songs including Moi je m’ennuie (made famous by Marlene Dietrich); Edith Piaf’s Padam, Padam, Padam; Shirley Horn’s You’re My Thrill; Peggy Lee’s Why Don’t You Do Right, Chet Baker’s The Thrill Is Gone, OV Wright’s Eight Men and Four Women; Ronnie Earl’s A Soul That’s Been Abused; and many other classic ballads and blues from Hollywood, Paris, New York, and the Deep South.
Diamanda Galás Valentine’s Day Massacre
The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, NYC
Wednesday, February 14, 2006, at 7:30pm and 10:30pm
NEXT WEEK: Poll-axed
“Autum Leaves,” from Guilty Guilty Guilty
“My World is Empty without You,” from La Serpenta Canta
“Interlude (Time),” from Guilty Guilty Guilty
“Baby’s Insane,” from La Serpenta Canta
“Dancing in the Dark,” from La Serpenta
Canta (Mute, 2003)
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 23, 2007