Björk is heading to the States for live shows and an “education series” in New York.
In partnership with The Creators Project and the New York Hall of Science, Björk is taking up a 10-night residency in the Big Apple. Six performances are scheduled to take place at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, and there will be a further four performances at Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan.
According to a press release, the New York Hall of Science shows “have been set to Björk’s original Biophilia specifications, as audio-visual shows in an intimate setting with no audience member more than a few yards from the stage. All shows are performed in the round.”
Originally commissioned by the Manchester International Festival, Björk’s Biophilia show sees her accompanied by bespoke musical instruments – including “four 10ft pendulum-harps, a MIDI-controlled pipe organ celeste re-fitted with bronze gamelan bars, and twin musical Tesla coils” – as well as a 24-piece Icelandic female choir and musicians Manu Delagu and Zeena Parkins. Visuals are provided by app developer Max Weisel performing on stage alongside Björk and musicians Manu Delagu and Zeena Parkins.
Björk will also collaborate with the New York Hall of Science on a three-week-long Biophilia education series:
“Featuring interactive science and music workshops for middle-school children, the series leads students on an intensive study of the scientific concepts at the core of Biophilia’s songs, including crystalline structures, lunar phases, viruses, and more. Students will also learn to use the Biophilia Apps as tools for music composition and delve into the study of how musicology relates to nature. The city of Reykjavík just announced that the Biophilia educational project will be included in Reykjavik’s school curriculum for the next three years.
“Björk has collaborated with app developers, scientists, writers, inventors, musicians, and instrument makers to create a unique multimedia exploration of the universe and its physical forces—particularly those where music, nature, and technology meet. The project is inspired by and explores these relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic.”
Tickets go on sale January 13 at 10am through ticketmaster.com.
Biophilia New York Residency:
February 3 – New York Hall of Science
February 6 – New York Hall of Science
February 9 – New York Hall of Science
February 12 – New York Hall of Science
February 15 – New York Hall of Science
February 18 – New York Hall of Science
February 22 – Roseland Ballroom
February 25 – Roseland Ballroom
February 28 – Roseland Ballroom
March 2 – Roseland Ballroom