Friday, 8 July 2011

It's become a habit, a way to start the day.

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to witness Björk perform 'Biophilia' in the intimate setting of the Campfield Market Hall as part of the Manchester International Festival.

To say that she was anything short of amazing would be a giant understatement. The performance was quite honestly breathtaking. I have been lucky enough to see her perform live before but this time, it was something completely different.

From a circular centre stage dotted with bizarre objects and bespoke instruments, Björk and her Icelandic choir performed each song accompanied by the narration of Sir David Attenborough announcing the song titles and a brief explanation for each process of nature.

All of the songs were accompanied by a visual representation of a 'Gondry' animation or documentary footage of nature in all it's glory. The visuals were played across a ring of giant screens circling above the stage allowing a panoramic view for everyone to see.

(Via Dangerous Minds)

Where do music, nature and technology meet? Björk introduces Biophilia, her most ambitious and exciting work to date. A multimedia project encompassing music, apps,internet, installations and live shows, Biophilia celebrates how sound works in nature, exploring the infinite expanse of the universe,from planetary systems to atomic structure.

In a career noted for its constant evolution, Biophilia represents Björk's biggest leap forward. While her previous work has focused mainly on the inner self and the minute details, this album and app project explodes the scope on to the macro level, taking in the entire universe and drawing far-reaching parallels between the ever-evolving technological landscape and the natural landscape around us. It proves once again that Björk is an artist who's unafraid to step into the unknown •

(The Guardian)

As well as the new material, Björk also played some of the older songs to everyone's delight. 'Joga' was one of them and it was utterly stunning.

All in all the performance was a beautiful, energetic and mesmerising work of art but then again, I would expect nothing less from Björk.

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