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Björk Orkestral – Live from Reykjavík

The concert series Björk Orkestral – Live from Reykjavík in Harpa which had recently been rescheduled, has been postponed to 2021. The new dates are January 17th, 24th, 31st and February 7th. This is because we can’t trust that the newly imposed restrictions will be be lifted in time for the shows and we always want to prioritize the health and safety of our guests and staff.

The new dates are as follows:

1. Sunday January 17th 17:00 GMT – With 15 piece chamber ensemble from Iceland Symphony Orchestra, conductor – Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason – FORMERLY AUGUST 29TH
2. Sunday January 24th at 17:00 GMT – with Hamrahlíð choir, conductor – Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir – FORMERLY SEPTEMBER 19TH
3. Sunday January 31st at 17:00 GMT – With brass from the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and flute septet Viibra, Katie Buckley – harp, Jónas Sen – pianó – FORMERLY SEPTEMBER 13TH
4. Sunday February 7th at 17:00 GMT – Strings from Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Katie Buckley – harp, conductor – Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason – FORMERLY SEPTEMBER 28TH

All tickets are still valid for the new dates and there is no need to get new tickets so no action on your part is required.
We would be grateful if you could hold to your ticket and thereby support the live industry and local artists in Iceland which are going through a difficult time these days.

If however the new date is not convenient buyers have until September 3rd to claim a full refund. To get a refund buyers need to contact the ticket seller at: midasala@harpa.is.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this might cause and are confident we can come together in January and February 2021. We thank you all for your patience and understanding.

ICELAND AIRWAVES PRESENTS: BJÖRK ORKESTRAL – LIVE FROM REYKJAVIK

Björk has announced plans for 4 special matinee performances in association with Iceland Airwaves, which will be live-streamed online and raise money for domestic women’s charities worldwide.

The performances will act as a celebration of the Icelandic musicians that Björk has worked with over the years, with each concert finding the artist collaborate with over 100 Icelandic musicians, across three groups that have played a part within the creation of her discography. Each concert will have different songs, Björk’s instrumental arrangements played by members of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, flute septet Viibra, Hamrahlíð Choir, and special guests without electronics or beats. The concerts will also be raising money and awareness for Kvennaathvarfið – a charity that supports women and immigrants of different origin within Iceland.

Ticket Prices
Premium seats: 11.990 ISK
A seats:                9.990 ISK
B seats:                8.990 ISK
C seats:                6.990 ISK
D seats:                4.990 ISK

Sunday January 17th at 17:00 GMT – SOLD OUT
Björk with a 15 piece chamber ensemble from Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Songs from Homogenic, Vulnicura and more

Sunday January 24th– 17:00 GMT – SOLD OUT
Björk with the Hamrahlið Choir
Conductor – Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir
Organ – Bergur Þórisson
Songs from Medulla, Biofilia, Utopia and more

Sunday January 31th – 17:00 GMT – SOLD OUT
Björk with brass from the Iceland Symphony
Flute septet Viibra
Harp – Katie Buckley
Piano – Jónas Sen
Songs from Vespertine, Volta, Utopia and more

Sunday February 7th 17:00 GMT – SOLD OUT
Björk with strings from the Iceland Symphony
Conductor – Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason
Songs from Post, Vespertine, Dancer in the Dark and more .

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

 

About the the musicians performing with Björk:

THE ICELAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has been a leading force in Iceland’s music scene for 70 years. The orchestra gives around 100 concerts each season, including subscription performances with internationally renowned classical musicians, but also frequently collaborates with artists from other genres. The orchestra has recorded for renowned international labels such as Sono Luminus and Deutsche Grammophon, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance. The Iceland Symphony has also toured widely, including performances at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and in New York’s Carnegie Hall. The orchestra’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director is the Finnish Eva Ollikainen. The Iceland Symphony is the resident orchestra in Reykjavík’s award-winning Harpa Concert Hall.

VIIBRA
The flute group viibra was founded in 2016 when working with Björk on her album Utopia. The group worked closely with Björk in the making of the album and then travelled with her around the world. In addition to performing regularly with Björk, viibra is active as an independent ensemble.

The members of viibra are:
Áshildur Haraldsdóttir
Berglind María Tómasdóttir
Björg Brjánsdóttir
Dagný Marinósdóttir
Melkorka Ólafsdóttir
Sólveig Magnúsdóttir
Steinunn Vala Pálsdóttir
Þuríður Jónsdóttir

THE HAMRAHLÍÐ CHOIR
The Hamrahlíð Choir has been at the forefront of Icelandic musical life for more than four decades. Its members are former students at Hamrahlíð College in Reykjavík, where Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir formed a choir in 1967 and was its conductor until 2017. The Hamrahlíð Choir, which is made up of graduates of the college choir, has released many widely praised CDs and has frequently performed with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Throughout its history, the choir has collaborated closely with Icelandic composers, and over 100 works have been composed especially for the choir. The Hamrahlíð Choir has travelled to 26 countries and has performed at many of the world’s leading choral festivals to great acclaim, including festivals in Europe, North America, and Asia. The Hamrahlíð Choir began its collaboration with Björk in 2017, singing on her CD Utopia. The collaboration continued with Cornucopia concerts in New York City and Europe in 2019.

Promoter: Iceland Airwaves

All dates

  • January 2021
  • 17. Jan 2021 – Time. 17–18
  • 24. Jan 2021 – Time. 17–18
  • 31. Jan 2021 – Time. 17–18
  • February 2021
  • 07. Feb 2021 – Time. 17–18
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