was a visionary. His angelic voice, his androgynous style are still
puzzling in 2005 ! Nomi
gave a lesson to Rock`n`roll, Pop, classical and many other
musical casts, by blowing up conventions... Alas,
on the on the night of the 5th to 6th of August 1983, Klaus
Nomi passed away, as a victim of the plague of the 20th century
(AIDS). At this time, his career had just begun. Klaus
let us an incomplete work; he had so much to say...
sentences that define Nomi the best are those of Vera Galupe-Borszch
known as Ira Stiff and Kristian Hoffman :
Siff says 'Vera Galupe-Borszch' (from La Gran Scena Compagny of New York)'
was a very sweet man, very sincere an shy, He's
the only person who ever made sense out of crossing opera with pop, who
understood both styles and made them work together. He
tood his voice to places and people who had never that sound before.'
Hoffman, for East Village Eye'
vision was naive, quaint, almost foolish, but forcefuf in its purity and innocence.
at his most wildly ridiculous ('Lightning Strikes')
quaveringly sublime (Purcell's 'Death')
was an acknowledgment of impeding apocalypse that lent it conviction. For
Klaus, apocalypse was metaphor for purification, and as the oddball optimist
by cynical detachement an resignation, he
dared to believe in a better world...