Photo: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
© 2011 Wellhart/One Little Indian
Björk fans, rejoice! The beloved Icelandic chanteuse, in partnership with The Creators Project, just announced a 10-night New York residency (her only confirmed U.S. dates thus far) split between the New York Hall of Science in Queens and Roseland Ballroom this February. The series of live performances will mark the Stateside-debut of her critically acclaimed Biophilia live show, an intense and intricately crafted spectacle that explores the inherent link between humans and living systems, nature and technology.
Biophilia, Björk’s long-awaited eighth studio album, saw the eclectic songstress flex her well-known penchant for experimentation, creating a new format for musical expression with a range of iPad apps and custom-designed musical instruments. Working with interaction designer Scott Snibbe, Björk created her first “app album”—a series of song-specific apps (contained within one “mother” app) that allow users to dive elbow-deep into the inner workings of her music—playfully remixing its elements and concocting compositions of their own using Björk’s unmistakeable chord structures, melodies and vocal snippets.
These musical apps will form the basis for a three-week-long Biophilia education series, developed in collaboration with the New York Hall of Science and The Creators Project, featuring interactive science and music workshops for middle-school children. Students will embark on “an intensive study of the scientific concepts at the core of Biophilia’s songs, including crystalline structures, lunar phases, viruses and more,” as well as learn how to use the Biophilia apps for music composition. The Creators Project will also be hosting a special meetup and workshop for the creative technology set dedicated to the exploration of apps as an artistic medium (sign up to our Meetup.com page to receive updates)
But as with most great musicians, the real magic takes place during the live show, and this is particularly true for Björk who, over the years, has dazzled crowds by constantly pushing the envelope with her costume and stage design. The performance of Biophilia is particularly awe-inspiring as it finds Björk accompanied by a set of unique musical instruments that includes four 10-foot pendulum-harps, a midi-controlled pipe organ celeste re-fitted with bronze gamelan bars, and twin musical tesla coils. (We previously spoke with Andy Cavatorta, the MIT Media Lab graduate who was responsible for designing the harps). The performance also features a 24-piece Icelandic female choir and live remixed visuals from the Biophilia Apps.
Tickets go on sale January 13 at 10:00 A.M. through Ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster charge by phone at 800.745.3000.
BJÖRK BIOPHILIA NEW YORK RESIDENCY DATES:
February 3 New York Hall of Science Queens, NY
February 6 New York Hall of Science Queens, NY
February 9 New York Hall of Science Queens, NY
February 12 New York Hall of Science Queens, NY
February 15 New York Hall of Science Queens, NY
February 18 New York Hall of Science Queens, NY
February 22 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY
February 25 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY
February 28 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY
March 2 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY