Björk Unveils Ambitious New Project - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Björk Unveils Ambitious New Project

Published March 22, 2011

Artist Björk Guðmundsdóttir will be taking part in the Manchester International Festival (MIF) with new material, and a multi-media residency encompassing music, apps, the internet, installations and live shows.
According to a press release from Bad Taste, Björk will be at MIF for a three-week residency; six intimate shows in the striking space of Campfield Market Hall for audiences of 1,800, her first UK dates in over three years.
There will be six shows in all, during which Björk will be performing new tracks from the forthcoming Biophilia studio album as well as music from her genre-defying back catalogue with a small group of unique musical collaborators.
The show will feature a range of specially conceived and crafted instruments, among them a bespoke digitally-controlled pipe organ; a 30-foot pendulum that harnesses the Earth’s gravitational pull to create musical patterns – creating a unique bridge between the ancient and the modern; a bespoke gamelan-celeste hybrid; and a one-off extraordinary pin barrel harp. These devices make visible some of the physical processes that are the subject matter of tracks.
Festival director Alex Poots said of the project, “It’s an honour to be working with Björk to help her premiere these ambitious live shows and we look forward to taking this residency to key cities around the world.”
In a special collaboration with MIF, the Biophilia live show will travel to major cities around the world following the Manchester premiere. MIF will also be working with young people in Manchester to explore the musicological, scientific and technological ideas behind the project. In a series of educational workshops, schoolchildren will be given the unique opportunity to experience the world of Biophilia first hand, and to immerse themselves in the endlessly rich and inspiring place where cutting edge technology, music and nature meet.
For more details visit www.mif.co.uk


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