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Björk to Stage Three Unplugged, Fundraising Concerts in August

By Larissa Kyzer

Photo: Björk, Facebook.

This August, Björk will stage three, special matinee performances to raise awareness about, and funds for, causes important to her. “i want to invite you to some concerts,” she wrote in a Facebook post in late June. “i want to celebrate that we’ve at least made it through the first stage of the coronavirus epidemic and honour the many icelandic musicians i’ve worked with through the years.”

“i recorded almost all of my albums with local musicians,” Björk wrote in a translation of her post on the Harpa website:

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

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

Björk Orkestral – Live from Reykjavík” will be comprised of three, unique unplugged/acoustic performances. For the first performance, she’ll perform with the Hamrahlið Choir (conductor Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir) and organist Bergur Þórisson. The following week, she’ll be accompanied by the string section of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra (conductor Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason), and finally, for the last performance, she’ll be joined by the brass section of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, the flute septet Viibra, and harpists Katie Buckley and Jónas Sen.

Each of the performances will be held in the afternoon and streamed live, giving viewers the opportunity to donate to Kvennaathvarfið, a local women’s shelter which provides assistance to women and children who have had to leave their homes because of domestic violence. In-person attendees will have the opportunity to purchase food after the show, the proceeds of which will also support the shelter.

Referencing the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Björk concluded by writing:

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


humongous love

Tickets for the concerts will go on sale at noon on July 3.

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