Björk announces new orchestral livestream performances
Icelandic pop icon Björk has announced her intentions to enter the world of online streaming for her live performances with a string of orchestral shows.
With all proceeds from the shows being donated to charity, Björk will take to the stage at Harpa Hall in Reykjavík the On August 9, 15 and 23 where she will be met by a live audience.
For the opening night, Björk will be backed by the Hamrahlíð Choir and for the remaining efforts she will be working with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. According to a statement, all three shows will be “unplugged… performed without beats and electronics.”
Discussing the planned performances, Björk said: “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,” she wrote in a statement. “And to honour how many Icelandic musicians I have worked with through the years.
“I feel we are going through extraordinary times, horrifying but also an opportunity to truly change,” she added. “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.”
The musician has also confirmed that all the shows are designed to raise money for the Iceland women’s shelter Kvennaathvarfið, an organisation that supports women and immigrants of different origin within Iceland.