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Diamanda Gallas
Pallas Theater
24/11/2009


   

The grand diva of music is back! It seems that the Pallas Theater suits her fine... Another sold-out concert! Naturally, she could play everywhere, even inside a barn; she would have the same crowd. Her audience is dedicated, they’d follow her anywhere...

Nothing fancy about the stage, just a piano... awaiting... The artist has entered the room... Wearing a black outfit, her special make-up and a GREat mood. She’s taking her seat, opposite the black and white keys... Ferocious bass fists come our way. She must be really enjoying it, slamming the law freq sides of the piano...  Her voice is taking off since minute one. From the lowest bass levels to extremely high screams; her vibrato is unique and completely astonishing, her performance is enchanting. I have no idea about how she feels being up there, I just assume she’s having the best time. She’s having a blast, I can tell... And, above all, she doesn’t NOT sing... She renders! She can play in natural tempo, moving to crescendos whenever she pleases, she moves her voice around, from one solar system to another; her face is following her voice; she’s a music actress! The piano is her ultimate helper, after all, she’s a splendid soloist.

Her tonite show is entitled “Ta filia sou einai fotia”
(Your kisses are fire). It’s the title of a Greek song (M. Aggelopoulos), which she sang as well. She really honoured our country by playing song “Zeimpekiko” (originally sang by Sotiria Mpellou and Dionysis Savvopoulos) as well as song “Anoixe petra” (originally sang by Marinella), in a totally gloomy Metallic shell; her voice has left the Earth for the final space frontier... I do believe that the incredible performer is more Metal than tons of other Metal wannabes and the most important thing is that she has made a huge career out of doing exactly what she feels like.  

Apart from singing in Greek, she also sang in English, French, German (Fernard, Amsterdam, Der Stunde Kommt etc.)... At some point she said “Oh, what do English know about singing in French”, the audience had a big laugh... Then she proceeded with some amazing vocal joggling and arrangements, giving me the impression that the “poor” P.A. wouldn’t withstand... She consumed a lot of water, between the songs, and thanked the crowd with a bird-singing, almost child-kind voice.

An hour after kicking off, Galás is leaving the room. The crowd goes berserk, cheering again and again. She comes back, to play some more. Then leaves the stage again, through deafening cheer, only to come back again and play some more... again. This “encore” thing lasted for about twenty minutes...

Seems to me we were darn lucky to live a night like this... Till the next one...

Costas Koulis




 
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