Thursday, 17 March 2011

Music News: Björk unveils Biophilia, a brand new music & multimedia residency at Manchester International Festival

I always revel in the kooky, quirky or original, and it is an undeniable fact that Bjork falls solidly within these brackets. Her delicate voice and haunting composition also accompanies one of the best music videos of all time (in my opinion).. Chris Cunninghams treatment for 'All is Full of Love.' I love it so much that I shaped my university dissertation around it, writing about all things Cyborg related... sorry I digress, lets get back to the big news....

The enigma that is Bjork is returning to the UK after a painfully long three years. Her residency will include live performances of new songs and the introduction of companion apps, invented instruments and more. She will be at MIF (Manchester International Festival) for six intimate shows in the striking space of Campfield Market Hall for audiences of 1800.As well as showcasing tracks from the forthcoming Biophilia studio album lucky audience members will witness performances of her genre-defying back catalogue which will be reinvented via a small group of unique musical collaborators. The show will feature a range of specially conceived and crafted instruments, among them a bespoke digitally-controlled pipe organ; a 30 foot pendulum that harnesses the earths gravitational pull to create musical patterns - creating a unique bridge between the ancient and the modern; a bespoke gamelan-celeste hybrid; and a one-off extraordinary pin barrel harp. These devices make visible some of the physical processes that are the subject matter of tracks.

So what is it all about I hear you say??

The concept of Biophilia is to tackle where music, nature and technology meet? Through the work she explores this complicated and fascinating question, which has resulted in her most ambitious and exciting work to date in her incredibly illustrious career. A multi-media project encompassing music, apps( which will be available via iTunes and the App Store), internet, installations and live shows, Biophilia celebrates how sound works in nature, exploring the infinite expanse of the universe, from planetary systems to atomic structure.

After the Manchester performances have been completed the live show will be moving on to other major cities all over the world, so international readers keep your eyes peeled to see if she is gracing your city with her incredible presence!

MIF will also be working with young people in Manchester to explore the musicological, scientific and technological ideas behind the project. In a series of educational workshops schoolchildren will be given the unique opportunity to experience the world of Biophilia first hand, and to immerse themselves in the endlessly rich and inspiring place where cutting edge technology, music and nature meet. For more details visit

'Its an honour to be working with Björk to help her premiere these ambitious live shows and we look forward to taking this residency to key cities around the world', says Alex Poots, Festival Director.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival.

Produced by Manchester International Festival and Björk.

With thanks to the Museum of Science and Industry for their collaboration and support.




THU 30 at 20:30


SUN 3 / SUN 10 at 16:00

THU 7 / WED 13 / SAT 16 at 20:30

Björk will be on stage at 16:00 and 20:30

Tickets £45 (no per ticket booking fee; transaction charge applies)

Concession available

Box Office: / Quaytickets +44 (0) 161 876 2198


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