Björk Orchestral Live Stream Shows To Aid Women’s Shelter

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Björk will perform three orchestral shows in her homeland of Iceland in August that will be live-streamed to raise money for a domestic women’s charity.

The former Sugarcubes frontwoman, who has now had a 27-year solo music career, will perform with more than 100 Icelandic musicians across three groups during the 5 p.m. GMT performances on Aug. 9, 15 and 23 before a live audience at Reykjavík’s Harpa Hall.

Each concert will feature different songs, with Björk´s instrumental arrangements played by members of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, flute septet Viibra and Hamrahlíð Choir without electronics or beats.

The performances will raise money and awareness for Kvennaathvarfid, a charity that supports women and immigrants of different origin within Iceland. The shelter was established in 1982 to help women who were unable to stay in their own homes due to violence.

Live stream tickets cost £15 (C$25.63) for one show or £35 ($59.80) for all three. They can be purchased here. Twenty per cent of the proceeds will go to the charity.

In a lengthy message, Björk explained the reasons why she was doing the shows and supporting the charity in a note included in a media release. Read in full (spacing and lower case intentional), below:

A note from Björk:
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 
 
transform
 
humongous love
 
björk
 

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