The concert series Björk Orkestral – Live from Reykjavík in Harpa, has been postponed to later in 2021
The new dates are August 28th and September 5th and 12th & 19th 2021, but the running order of the shows is the same
This is because we can’t trust that the current restrictions will be be lifted in time for the shows and we always prioritize the health and safety of our guests and staff
The new dates are as follows:
Sunday August 28th at 17:00 GMT – Strings from Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Katie Buckley – harp, conductor – Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason – FORMERLY APRIL 18th
Sunday September 5th at 17:00 GMT – with Hamrahlíð choir, conductor – Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir, Organ – Bergur Þórisson – FORMERLY APRIL 25th
Sunday September 12th at 17:00 GMT – With brass from the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and flute septet Viibra, Katie Buckley – harp, Jónas Sen – pianó – FORMERLY MAY 2nd
Sunday September 19th 17:00 GMT – With 15 piece chamber ensemble from Iceland Symphony Orchestra, conductor – Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason – FORMERLY MAY 9th
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 April 9th 2021 to claim a full refund. To get a refund buyers need to contact the ticket seller at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause but at the same time we thank you 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.
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 April 18th 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 .
Sunday April 25th– 17:00 GMT – SOLD OUT
Björk with the Hamrahlið Choir
Conductor – Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir
Organ – Bergur Þórisson
Songs from Medulla, Biofilia, Utopia and more
Sunday May 2nd – 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 May 9th at 17:00 GMT – SOLD OUT
Björk with a 15 piece chamber ensemble from Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Songs from Homogenic, Vulnicura and more
A note from Björk:
i would like to invite you to some concerts
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
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.
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:
Berglind María Tómasdóttir
Steinunn Vala Pálsdóttir
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