Björk Announces Three Shows In Reykjavík, Iceland

Björk Announces Three Shows In Reykjavík, Iceland

Björk Announces Three Shows In Reykjavík, Iceland

Honoring those who got hit hardest in the coronavirus and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Honoring those who got hit hardest in the coronavirus and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Text: Valerie Stepanova

With Iceland having nearly eliminated coronavirus, the country’s native singer-songwriter Björk has announced she will play three shows in Reykjavík in August. And yes, there will be an actual audience, too.

Produced in association with Iceland Airwaves, the shows will take place at the capital’s Harpa Hall on August 9, 15 and 23. They will also be live-streamed online, raising money for women’s charities. During each of the concerts, Björk will collaborate with over 100 Icelandic musicians across three groups that have played a part in the creation of her discography. There will also be new instrumental arrangements of scores from Björk’s catalog.

“I would like to invite you to some concerts to honor folks who got hit hardest in the coronavirus and the Black Lives Matter movement and to honor how many Icelandic musicians I have worked with through the years,” Björk said in a press release. “I feel we are going through extraordinary times horrifying but also an opportunity to truly change it is demanded of us that we finally confront all racism that we learn that lives are more important than profit and look inside us and fine-comb out all our hidden prejudices and privileges.”

The shows have been given the name of ‘Björk Orkestral’ due to them being entirely 'unplugged' and performed without beats or electronics. The money from the concerts will go to Kvennaathvarfid, a charity that seeks to support women and immigrants of different origins within the northern country.

Tickets will be available for pre-order starting July 2 at 10 a.m. Icelandic time (2 p.m. EST), with a general sale going live the same time on July 3. 

A note from Björk:

dear friends

i would like to invite you to some concerts

to honour

folks who got hit hardest in the coronavirus

and the black lives matter movement

and to honour how many icelandic musicians i have worked with through the years

i recorded almost all of my albums with local musicians :

homogenic with an icelandic string octet

medulla with schola cantorum ( an icelandic mixed choir )

volta with 10 brass girls i found all over the island and then later they formed wonderbrass

biophilia with langholt´s church girl choir graduale nobili

vulnicura with a 15 piece string ensemble

utopia with 12 female fluteplayers who later formed the flute septet viibra

cornucopia with hamrahlíð´s choir conducted by þorgerður ingólfsdóttir

all these albums where then performed all around the planet with these musicians

together they are over hundred people !!

and we are going to celebrate that we are all healthily exiting quarantine together by playing concerts in harpa music hall for 3 weekends of august

my input into the feminist fight is to brag about that almost all of those arrangements are by me

unfortunately this is something that is almost always ignored when women are arrangers

the concerts will be in the afternoons and will also be streamed live online, where there will be an option to donate to the icelandic women's shelter - which supports women of all origin in iceland

for those attending in person, after the concert we will be offering food to raise money in support of this charity

the concerts will be "unplugged" or acoustic and performed without beats and electronics

the concerts will be performed with the icelandic symphony orchestra and guests

i feel we are going through extraordinary times

horrifying but also an opportunity to truly change

it is demanded of us that we finally confront all racism

that we learn that lives are more important that profit

and look inside us and finecomb out all our hidden prejudices and privileges

let´s all humbly learn together

transform

humongous love

björk

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