At Saint Thomas the Apostle Harlem
Vinyl LP pressing. Diamanda Gal�s is a Greek-American avant-garde composer and performer, whose work confronts the subjects of violence and despair with political conviction and austerity. Gal�s rose to prominence in the '80s and '90s with the recorded trilogy, Masque of the Red Death, and the performance work Plague Mass, which addressed the AIDS crisis in a time of deafening political silence and inaction. At St. Thomas the Apostle Harlem documents Gal�s' volcanic May 2016 performance at St. Thomas the Apostle church in Harlem, NY, described by the New York Timesas "guttural and operatic, baleful and inconsolable, spiritual and earthy, polyglot and wordless, nuanced and unhinged." The concert, produced by Intravenal Sound Operations and Red Bull Music Academy, was composed exclusively of what Gal�s calls "death songs."