Thursday, 5 May 2011
Paris pt 4: Diamanda Galas
I anchored my Paris trip to a concert on Saturday night by Diamanda Galas, the brilliant Greek American performer and pianist, at the Maison de la Musique in Nanterre, a few minutes out of Paris on the A line of the RER.
Me and the French goths (and a couple of English ones that I could hear) made our way from the sunny streets outside to the blackened auditorium inside for a rare and quite intimate show. With a set heavily leaning towards her favourite French inspirations (Brel and Piaf), and speaking pretty good French throughout, she pleased the crowd and came back for three encores - no mean feat, this being the town that no doubt invented them (with encore being a French word and all innit).
My favourite was Fernand, sung with a particular beauty that night. See a performance from last year in Copenhagen below.