La Serpenta Canta

by Diamanda Galás

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Intro 00:27
Burning Hell 10:22
Lonely Woman 06:41
Frenzy 04:05


released November 24, 2003

Diamanda Galás:
Voice, Piano, All arrangements

Blaise Dupuy:
Production, Mix, Sound Design

Track 2 "Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down" (Traditional)
recorded November 8, 2001 • Porto, Hard Club

Track 3 "Burning Hell" written by John Lee Hooker and Bernard Besman
recorded April 17, 2002 • Munich, Cuvilles Theater

Track 4 "Baby's Insane" written by Diamanda Galás
recorded August 31, 2001 • New York City, Joe's Pub

Track 5 "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" written by Hank Williams
recorded November 9, 2002 • Vancouver, Vogue Theater

Track 6 "Lonely Woman" written by Ornette Coleman
recorded January 15, 2001 • Sydney, Sydney Opera House

Track 7 "Frenzy" written by David Hill and Augustus Stevenson
recorded April 12, 2002 • New York City, Joe's Pub

Track 1 "Blue Spirit Blues" written by Spencer Williams
recorded April 5, 2002 • New York City, Joe's Pub

Track 2 "My World Is Empty Without You" written by Holland/Dozier/Holland
recorded January 17, 2001 • Sydney, Sydney Opera House

Track 3 "I Put A Spell On You" written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
recorded May 19, 2002 • Leipzig, Gotik Treffen

Track 4 "At The Dark End Of The Street" written by Chips Moman and Dan Penn
recorded May 11, 2002 • Rome, Parco Della Musica

Track 5 "Dancing In The Dark" written by Schwartz/Dietz
recorded June 26, 1999 • New York City, Knitting Factory

Track 6 "Dean Cat On The Line" written by Jim Payne, Robert Fargo Greenlee Jr. and Lucky Peterson
recorded January 20, 2001 • Melbourne, Victorian Centre

Track 7 "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" (Traditional)
recorded April 12, 2002 • New York City, Joe's Pub

Track 8 "Burning Hell (Reprise)" written by John Lee Hooker and Bernard Besman
recorded September 23, 1999 • Gent, Castle Gravensteen

Robert Schilling: Project Manager for Mute Records
Maia T. Spilman, ESQ: Project Manager for Intravenal Sound Operations
La Serpenta Canta was Edited and Mixed at Soutterain Studios, Jersey City;
Missing Lynx, Hollis, Queens; and Intravenal Sound Studios, Manhattan
Special thanks: Ernest Dupuy

Design: Rex Ray
Photography: Austin Young
Makeup Cover: Mathu Anderson
Makeup; Inside and Back Cover: Andrew Marlin
Inside and Back covers shot on Sunset Boulevard at the home of Bradley Picklesimer
Alison Brummer: Production Assistant
Performance photos by: Zillo (disc tray) and Olga Kalantzi (above)
Serpent etching ‘SERPENTES(OPHIDIA)’ by Stas Azarov

Webmaster: Garth MacNeil
Brainwashed Site: Thanks to Jon Whitney
Performance Management: Tessa Derfner

Thank you
Barbara Maier
Ellen Dennis
Rudi Pribitzer
Serena Toubin
Bradley Picklesimer
Michael Flanagan
Biba Kopf
Sabine Waltz
Joseph Albanes
Wim Wabbes
Angel Fernandez
Kurt Wolf
Gil Roman
Jason Rosenberg
Wayne Bobby
David Pieribone
Marilla Simonini
Garth MacNeil
Richard Morrison
Ian Scobie
Walter Durkacz
Maia Thalia Spilman
Glenn Max
David Jones
Mute Records
Holly Duthie
Zoe Miller
Mitch Attas
Gary Weissman
Daniel Miller
Mike the Butcher & CMS Studios
Ray Maeillo
Eric Liljestrand
Karen Weisz
Nightringer T
Jim Smith
Armen Ra
Michael Shulman
Garine Zerounian
Nick Ratner
Stewart Noak

Stephanie Whittier
James and Georgianna Galás

Frenzy is dedicated to Maia T. Spilman
Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down to Michael Flanagan
Baby's Insane to Garth MacNeil
Blue Spirit Blues to “Dick Harlow” Morrison
My World Is Empty Without You to Bradley Picklesimer
At The Dark End of The Street to Barbara Maier
and Dancing in the Dark to James and Georgianna Galás

2003, Diamanda Galás


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Diamanda Galás New York, New York

Diamanda Galás is a Greek-American avant-garde composer and performer, whose work confronts the subjects of violence and despair with political conviction and austerity. Galás 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. ... more

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