Iceland is beginning to reopen following its coronavirus lockdowns — and Björk will play three concerts next month to honor those most affected by the pandemic, as well as the Black Lives Matter movement and the local Icelandic musicians she’s worked closely with over the years. The shows will take place with a live audience, but will also be live-streamed online for fans worldwide.

Performing “unplugged” at Reykjavík’s Harpa Hall, Björk will be joined by guests including the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Hamrahlíð Choir, and the flute group viibra. 20% of ticket proceeds will be donated to domestic women’s charities.

The Sunday matinee shows will stream live via Harpa Hall’s website at 17:00 GMT and 1 p.m. EDT on August 9, 15, and 23. Find more information on the XPN Livestream Calendar and read Björk’s full statement on the shows below.

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


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