Björk ha annunciato tre live all’Iceland Airwaves. Le performance si svolgeranno di mattina presso il Reykjavík’s Harpa Hall, nei giorni 9, 15 e 23 di agosto; e saranno trasmesse anche live streaming e saranno utili anche per raccogliere fondi per beneficenza. Per l’occasione i tre concerti saranno anche un modo per celebrare i musicisti islandesi con cui Björk ha lavorato nel corso degli anni. Circa 100 sono i musicisti che hanno affiancato il folletto islandese durante tutta la sua carriera e questi si raduneranno in tre big band che ad ogni concerto suonerà brani diversi, con gli arrangiamenti strumentali di Björk suonati da membri della Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Flute Septet Viibra, Hamrahlíð Choir e ospiti speciali senza elettronica o ritmi. Le esibizioni raccoglieranno denaro e consapevolezza per Kvennaathvarfid, un’organizzazione benefica che sostiene donne e immigrati di diversa origine all’interno dell’Islanda.
Live from Reykjavík Eldborg – Harpa Sunday 9th August – 17:00 GMT björk with Hamrahlið Choir, conductor Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir, organ
Saturday 15th August – 17:00 GMT björk with strings from Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, conductor Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason
Sunday 23rd August – 17:00 GMT björk with brass from the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, flute septet Viibra, harpist Katie Buckley
A note from Björk: dear friends 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 i recorded almost all of my albums with local musicians : 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 music hall for 3 weekends of august 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 the concerts will be in the afternoons and will also be streamed live online, where there will be an option to donate to the icelandic women’s shelter – which supports women of all origin in Iceland for those attending in person, after the concert we will be offering food to raise money in support of this charity the concerts will be “unplugged” or acoustic and performed without beats and electronics the concerts will be performed with the icelandic symphony orchestra and guests 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 transform humongous love björk