Björk Orkestral – Live From Reykjavík

Johnny James, Music Editor

Björk Orkestral – Live From Reykjavík, online, 9–23 August 2020, from £15 - Book now

Ahead of her headline slot at Bluedot 2021, Icelandic pop icon Björk is live-streaming a three-part series of orchestral concerts.

Presented in partnership with Iceland Airwaves Festival, the concerts will be performed to a live audience at Harpa Hall in Reykjavík, and will act as a celebration of the Icelandic musicians that Björk has collaborated with over her three decade-long career.

The series will showcase new orchestral arrangements of songs spanning her entire discography, with the ground-breaking musician performing acoustically with a slightly different ensemble on each date. The first concert (9th August) will see her perform with the Hamrahlíð Choir, the second (15th August) with strings from the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, and the third (23rd August) with the orchestra’s brass section plus flute septet, Viibra.

Discussing the performances, Björk said: “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” – that’s well over 100, as of 2020.

“I feel we are going through extraordinary times, horrifying but also an opportunity to truly change,” she added. “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.”

Björk has also confirmed that these shows are designed to raise money for Icelandic women’s charity, Kvennaathvarfið, which supports women and immigrants of different origin within Iceland. After the show, organisers will be serving food to raise funds for the charity, while viewers of the live-streams will be invited to donate online.

Björk Orkestral – Live From Reykjavík, online

9–23 August 2020
From £15