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Diamanda Galás Discusses Her 13 Favourite Albums
The Quietus , August 1st, 2012 06:24

Diamanda Galás plays the one of the opening concerts of Antony Hegarty's Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank Centre tonight. In advance of the performance, she tells us about 13 albums that have been influential on her life and work


Ornette Coleman - Science Fiction

Quite pivotal to me, for the voice and the piano, since I played virtually all the songs on this record with Bobby Bradford (listen to the solo on the record), Mark Dresser, Butch Morris, James Newton and others in Los Angeles. I can still hear the order of the tracks, Ornette's playing and Asha Pulthi's voice is floating with the horns playing the melody along with her. 

I can see why Ornette would have chosen her. One has only to hear her sing 'The Devil Is Loose' to see why. I am going to sing that song if I can coordinate voice and scarf. Well, forget about the scarf. I will blind myself.