Sometimes New Yorker and the ever-nomadic Björk is set to play ten shows in New York City next month, including six at the New York Hall of Science in Queens! The other four will be in Manhattan at Roseland Ballroom. According to the press release, the shows are in collaboration with The Creators Project, and the residency will be based around her relatively new Biophilia release.
Biophilia premiered this past summer at the Manchester International Festival (MIF) in England to great acclaim including The New York Times featuring the performance in their "Concert Highs of 2011", followed by a sold out residency in Bjork's hometown of Reykjavik, Iceland. Initially commissioned by MIF, the intimate performance finds Björk accompanied by a set of unique musical instruments created by a team including an Icelandic organ builder and a graduate of the MIT Media Lab. Among these creations are four 10-foot pendulum-harps, a midi-controlled pipe organ celeste re-fitted with bronze gamelan bars, and twin musical tesla coils. The performance also features an award-winning 24-piece Icelandic female choir and visuals from the Biophilia Apps with app developer Max Weisel performing on stage alongside Björk and musicians Manu Delagu and Zeena Parkins.
You know, typical Björk show. Tickets go on sale January 13th at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. But there's more! The performer will collaborate with the New York Hall of Science on a three-week-long Biophilia education series, which will feature "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." The program has actually been incorporated into the Icelandic school syllabus.