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    Björk to Bring "Biophilia" to Reykjavik for Iceland Airwaves in October
    Carsten Windhorst

    As Björk continues her Biophilia residency at the Manchester International Festival, with performances at Manchester's Campfield Market Hall this weekend and into next, the Icelandic artist has released details of the next Biophilia residency: six intimate shows at Harpa Concert Hall in her hometown of Reykjavik, from October 12 through 28. The first two performances are part of the Iceland Airwaves festival.

    Björk has commissioned a set of unique musical instruments to accompany her on the live Biophilia tour, which premiered at Manchester. The team that created these instruments include an English inventor, an Icelandic organ builder and a graduate of MIT Media Lab. Among these creations are four 10-foot pendulum-harps, in which the swinging motion plucks the strings and illustrates the songs' gravitational subject matter. There is also a unique 10-foot pin barrel harp called the Sharpsichord, a midi-controlled pipe organ and celeste (re-fitted with bronze gamelan bars), twin musical tesla coils, a hang player, and an award-winning 24-piece Icelandic female choir. The Biophilia live show takes place in specially chosen spaces and museums, rather than traditional music venues.

    An exhibition where one can enter the world of Biophilia, filled with visuals, sounds and even viruses, will be opened at Harpa Concert Hall in connection with the Reykjavik performances. It will run from October 10-28. Educational programs for schoolchildren will also be linked to these performances.

    Those who have already bought Iceland Airwaves festival passes are eligible for one of the 200 tickets available for each of the Iceland Airwaves shows that will be given out to wristband holders on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show. Wristbands holders will also have a chance to buy a ticket a week before tickets go on sale to the general public, starting at 12 noon GMT tomorrow, July 9. Those who have purchased wristbands or do so in the week ahead will receive a special code from their vendor. 

    For more information on the event and ticketing, visit icelandairwaves.is.

    The live Biophilia show is the subject of this week's New York Times Popcast, in which Times writer Jon Pareles recaps his trip to Manchester to see this "new multimedia extravaganza by Björk." Listen in at nytimes.com.

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As Björk continues her Biophilia residency at the Manchester International Festival, with performances at Manchester's Campfield Market Hall this weekend and into next, the Icelandic artist has released details of the next Biophilia residency: six intimate shows at Harpa Concert Hall in her hometown of Reykjavik, from October 12 through 28. The first two performances are part of the Iceland Airwaves festival. In this week's New York Times Popcast, writer Jon Pareles recaps his trip to Manchester to see this "new multimedia extravaganza by Björk."

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As Björk continues her Biophilia residency at the Manchester International Festival, with performances at Manchester's Campfield Market Hall this weekend and into next, the Icelandic artist has released details of the next Biophilia residency: six intimate shows at Harpa Concert Hall in her hometown of Reykjavik, from October 12 through 28. The first two performances are part of the Iceland Airwaves festival.

Björk has commissioned a set of unique musical instruments to accompany her on the live Biophilia tour, which premiered at Manchester. The team that created these instruments include an English inventor, an Icelandic organ builder and a graduate of MIT Media Lab. Among these creations are four 10-foot pendulum-harps, in which the swinging motion plucks the strings and illustrates the songs' gravitational subject matter. There is also a unique 10-foot pin barrel harp called the Sharpsichord, a midi-controlled pipe organ and celeste (re-fitted with bronze gamelan bars), twin musical tesla coils, a hang player, and an award-winning 24-piece Icelandic female choir. The Biophilia live show takes place in specially chosen spaces and museums, rather than traditional music venues.

An exhibition where one can enter the world of Biophilia, filled with visuals, sounds and even viruses, will be opened at Harpa Concert Hall in connection with the Reykjavik performances. It will run from October 10-28. Educational programs for schoolchildren will also be linked to these performances.

Those who have already bought Iceland Airwaves festival passes are eligible for one of the 200 tickets available for each of the Iceland Airwaves shows that will be given out to wristband holders on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show. Wristbands holders will also have a chance to buy a ticket a week before tickets go on sale to the general public, starting at 12 noon GMT tomorrow, July 9. Those who have purchased wristbands or do so in the week ahead will receive a special code from their vendor. 

For more information on the event and ticketing, visit icelandairwaves.is.

The live Biophilia show is the subject of this week's New York Times Popcast, in which Times writer Jon Pareles recaps his trip to Manchester to see this "new multimedia extravaganza by Björk." Listen in at nytimes.com.

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Bjork by Carsten Windhorst 2011

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