Thursday, August 7, 2014

Klaus Nomi-Sketch

August 6th marked more then 30 years since the death of Klaus Nomi. Nomi was a German countertenor know for his wide vocal range and brilliant visionary theatrical performances. His music was ahead of its time and he died too young. 

Klaus said “the future is based on the needs of the artist, deciding how to live and living that way every minute. Klaus, the man from the future, lived that way in the present, and held out his hand saying, come with me. You can do it too." He inspired a generation of cutting edge singers, artists, and moviemakers.

I created a sketch of Nomi’s portrait with his lyrics from his song death below it. Death is a song from Nomi's second album, Simple Man which is a remake of the aria Dido's Lament from the Opera Dido and ├ćneas by Henry Purcell. 

This is an incredible version in my opinion. This really shows off Klaus's amazing countertenor voice. 

These are the lyrics if you would like to know what he is singing…

Thy hand, Belinda, darkness shades me,
On thy bosom let me rest,

More I would, but Death invades me;
Death is now a welcome guest. 

When I am laid, am laid in earth, 
May my wrongs create 
No trouble,
no trouble in thy breast;

Remember me, remember me, but ah!  Forget my fate.

Remember me, but ah! 
 Forget my fate.

If you would like to see his videos here are a couple,

We still remember you Klaus and your inspiring voice.


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