Bjork is bringing her “Biophilia” live show to New York for a 10-date residency marking her first run of U.S. shows since 2007.
The residency, which is in partnership with The Creators Project and the New York Hall Of Science, will be split up between two Big Apple venues. The New York Hall Of Science hosts Björk Feb. 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18. The Roseland Ballroom will take care of the other four nights Feb. 22, 25, 28 and March 2.
“Biophilia” is a multimedia project, as well as the name of Björk’s eighth full-length studio album, which combines music, apps, installations and live shows. The project is described as an “exploration of the universe and its physical forces – particularly those where music, nature, and technology meet.”
The live shows will include tracks from Biophilia, which was released in October. Along with Bjork, fans will hear from a 24-piece Icelandic female choir and musicians Manu Delagu and Zeena Parkins. App developer Max Weisel will also take the stage, which will feature visuals from the Biophilia apps. The performances will showcase plenty of unique instruments including four 10-foot pendulum-harps, a MIDI-controlled pipe organ celeste refitted with bronze gamelan bars, and twin musical Tesla coils. The instruments were created by a team including an Icelandic organ builder and a graduate of the MIT Media Lab.
All of the New York shows will be performed in the round. The New York Hall of Science performances will be set up to Björk’s original “Biophilia” specifications where no audience members will be more than a few yards from the stage.
Björk is also teaming up with the New York Hall of Science for a three week education series for middle-school children featuring science and music workshops. The series is based on the scientific concepts in Biophilia’s songs, including crystalline structures, lunar phases and viruses.
Tickets for the New York shows go on sale Jan. 13.