Issued Thursday, November 1 2007
SYDNEY FESTIVAL IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
PRESENTS BJÖRK, ICELAND, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE FORECOURT JANUARY 23
“Fifteen years into her solo career, Björk remains the least compromising and most fantastical pop superstar extant.” The Guardian (UK)
A highlight of the 2008 Festival is sure to be Björk, one of music’s most wildly imaginative and exuberant performers in one of the world’s most beautiful concert settings.
As inspirational as she is unpredictable, Björk has built an iconic career by consistently breaking new creative ground. In this unique Sydney Festival performance she will perform her highly acclaimed new show featuring songs from her diverse repertoire and her exceptional new album, Volta, on the unparalleled setting of the steps of the Sydney Opera House.
Björk is renowned for her classification-defying music, which retains its experimental edge as well as claiming mass appeal, selling over 15 million albums world-wide and earning numerous awards. From her childhood studying flute, piano and voice and releasing her first album at age 11 to become a celebrity in Iceland, to her teenage years in post-punk groups such as KUKL, Björk launched herself into an astounding career. Her international acclaim began when she was fronting the successful Icelandic outfit, The Sugarcubes, and was truly cemented with her departure to an unprecedentedly successful solo career. Throughout, Björk’s musical talent and characteristic voice have fuelled a rich and varied creative output.
From her early punk and jazz influenced releases to more recent adventures in sonic and vocal experimentation, Björk continues to provide contemporary music with a richly varied and hypnotic treasure trove of sounds and melodies. She has been an inspiration for a generation of creative thinking across many artforms and has collaborated with some of the most influential artists of our time.
Björk has collaborated and experimented with producers, arrangers and musicians including Nellee Hooper, Howie B and Mark Bell, Spike Jonze, Timbaland and Antony. Beyond music, Björk’s collaborative tastes reveal her desire to work with artists on the cutting edge – including filmmaker Lars von Trier, fashion designers Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan, photographers Nick Knight, Stephane Sedanaoui and Nobuyoshi Araki, video director Chris Cunningham and percussionist Evelyn Glennie.
In 1999, Björk wrote and produced the musical score for, as well as starred in, Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark. The film debuted at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, receiving the Palme d’Or as well as Best Actress award for Björk. She has also been nominated for 12 Grammys and one Oscar (for the Dancer in the Dark soundtrack). In 2007, she received the MOJO Inspiration Award.
In 2004, Björk worked with her partner, contemporary visual artist Matthew Barney on the experimental art film, Drawing Restraint 9, a silent exploration of Japanese culture. Björk and Barney both appear in the film, with Björk producing the film's soundtrack.
Also in 2004, Björk performed at the Opening Ceremony of the 2004 Olympics in Athens. And in 2005, after the disastrous tsunami struck Southeast Asia, Björk produced Army of Mixes. This project recruited fans and musicians from around the world to either cover or remix the 1995 track, ‘Army of Me’. The resulting funds were given to UNICEF to assist in their work with children.
In 2007 Björk set Glastonbury alight with her theatrical extravaganza of a show, demonstrating her richly varied and hypnotic treasure trove of sounds and melodies. Björk is an unrivalled talent, her music often overpoweringly emotional, with its gorgeous melodies, exquisitely inventive arrangements and her trademark, exultant vocals.
Where: Sydney Opera House Forecourt Bennelong Point, East Circular Quay
When: January 23 at 9.00pm. Gates open at 8.00pm
Price: A reserve $145 / $135
Bookings: Sydney Opera House 02 9250 7777