By Zachary Swickey
It wasn’t the craziest thing in the world when Icelandic vocal goddess Bjork’s long-awaited new album Biophilia was released as a series of apps on Apple’s iPad – this is a woman who wore a swan dress to the Oscars, after all – and the crazy/awesome/unique appeal doesn’t end there as her just-announced residency of ten dates in New York City is expected to feature a special production unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.
Beginning in early February, Bjork will set up shop at the New York Hall of Science for six shows, while another four will take place at the Roseland Ballroom. Of course, she’s bringing along some wildly unique instrumentation to pull off her multitude of sounds. I don’t recall ever seeing a 10-foot pendulum harp, twin musical tesla coils or a midi-controlled pipe organ at the local Guitar Center, so this is a do-not-miss show for lucky NYC-area residents. On top of all that, Bjork will also be bringing along an award-winning 24-piece Icelandic female choir and app developer Max Weisel to help display visuals from the official Biophilia app onstage.
Bjork’s stateside return will also see her collaborating with the New York Hall of Science for a three-week-long education series based on Biophilia. The series will feature interactive science and music workshops for middle-school children and leads students on an intensive study of the scientific concepts at the core of Biohphilia’s songs, including crystalline structures, lunar phases and viruses.
The project is inspired by and explores the relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic. The press release even boasts that the program has already been incorporated in the school syllabus of Bjork’s motherland, Iceland. Looks like us “adults” will miss out on all that fun.
Tickets for the tour go on sale January 13 at through Ticketmaster.