Moldovan Choir Steals Show at Men’s Football Game

The Icelandic men’s football team played their final match at the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers yesterday evening. Among the evening’s highlights was the performance of Iceland’s national anthem, Löfsöngur, by a Moldovan choir.

The Icelandic men’s football team competed against Moldova at the Zimbru Stadium in Chișinău, Moldova, yesterday. Iceland beat Moldova 2-1 with goals from captain Gylfi Sigurðsson and Birkir Bjarnason (Nicolae Milinceanu scored Moldova’s only goal). Despite winning the match, Iceland failed to directly qualify for the Euro 2020 Championship. Iceland placed third in Group H with 19 points (Iceland can still qualify through play-offs in March).

Prior to the match, a choir comprised of approximately 30 women, dressed in white robes, sang the Icelandic national anthem, Löfsöngur (see below). As a journalist for Vísir insinuated, the performance was a pleasant contrast to the boos of Turkish supporters during Iceland’s penultimate match in Turkey last Thursday.

Björk Debuts Cornucopia in New York City

Björk will be holding eight performances of her latest staged concert, “Cornucopia,” in New York City over the next month. RÚV reports that the Icelandic government has provided ISK 5 million [$41,196; €36,745] for the Hamrahlið Choir to travel to new York City and take part in the series.

Cornucopia will be performed at The Shed, a new arts and theater space in New York City. Per the description on the website, it is a collaboration between Björk and “a team of digital and theatrical collaborators, including award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, and director Lucrecia Martel.” The performance will include “live musical arrangements, digital technology, and stunning visuals.” Björk has called Cornucopia is her “finest and most complex concert since getting started.”

The first performance will be held on Monday and the final on June 1. Each performance will have an audience of 1,200 people; all performances have sold out. Joining Björk at each of these performances will be a dozens of Icelandic musicians, such as the Vibra Flute Septet, and 50 members of the Hamrahlið Choir. The exact nature of the concert has been kept quite secret: no one from RÚV, for instance, was allowed to take photos during a recent Hamrahlið rehearsal for the upcoming event.

Finally, I Am No One – Surrendering To the Choir

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In a recent interview, famed musician and producer Brian Eno talks about how he and his friends have started a vocal group. Eno, having produced many of the biggest pop acts on the planet, such as Coldplay, David Bowie, U2 and Talking Heads, has a habit of inviting the frontmen of the bands he’s working with to join the group for an evening of good food, friendly conversation and singing. What Eno has gone on record to note, however, is that the bigger the star invited, the more trouble it tends to be fitting in with his humble choir.

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