30 mai 2017

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles, États-Unis
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Orchestre dirigé par Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason

Stylistes : Micol Ragni & Gucci (robe noire)
Masque : James Merry


Striding in from the wings at stage right, Björk couldn’t help making a dramatic entrance before the first song of the evening, “Stonemilker.” She was gussied up like the Evil Queen from Snow White in a stunning floor-length ensemble, with a shiny, black vinyl top giving way to a diaphanous, gray-black skirt streaked with rainbow-colored sequins. Underneath the folds of the gauzy skirt, she wore black thigh-high platform boots. Her shoulder pads were shaped like large black raven wings, and the singer’s head was crowned with a fantastic white and yellow helmet that sprouted long protuberances that bent and curled in the shape of a ram’s horns.


The concert was nothing short of breathtaking, as the Icelandic vocalist worked alongside 30-plus cellists, bassists, violinist and violists in two sets of daringly original and emotional music for the sold-out crowd.
She spent the first set with her most recent studio album, “Vulnicura,” opening with – like the album itself – “Stonemilker,” “Lionsong” and “History of Touches.”
The music was boldly experimental, which can be said of so much of Bjork’s lengthy songbook, yet more accessible than anything we’ve seen from the star in a long time.
She’s spent years looking into ways technology can change the way fans experience music. And she’s still doing, as witnessed by the concurrent – and quite amazing – “Bjork Digital” virtual reality-and-more exhibit that the L.A. Phil is hosting at the nearby Magic Box at the Reef venue.
Yet, this concert had nothing to do with all those VR and technology-aided endeavors. Instead, it was Bjork unplugged, singing to the rise and fall of some amazing string work.
After a short break, Bjork returned with a second set that was even stronger than the first one. She’d break out some of her most beloved songs, including “Aurora,”“I’ve Seen It All” and “Joga.”
Her voice sounded great all night, even seemingly growing a bit stronger as the concert progressed. She’d do some of her best work as she drew the main set to a close with “Mouth Mantra” and “Quicksand.”


“I kind of am very fond of extremes, as you probably noticed,” she said. “So that’s going to be a 32-piece orchestra and me singing, and there’s going to be no electronics ; I decided to have no visuals, so it’s just all about the ears. And then I’m going to come back in July with Arca, with a 15-piece orchestra” — for the opening night of the FYF Festival in Exposition Park on July 21 — “and we’re going to perform sort of stompers, if you will. That’s going to have a lot of visuals and surprises and special effects… and more celebrational and outdoorsy and festive.”

Variety - mai 2017



sur scène

  • Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason


habillée par

  • Alessandro Michele
  • James Merry
  • Micol Ragni


  • Santiago Felipe