30 mai 2017

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles, États-Unis

Orchestre dirigé par Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason

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

Presse

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.

laweekly

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.
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She spent the first set with her most recent studio album, “Vulnicura,” opening with – like the album itself – “Stonemilker,” “Lionsong” and “History of Touches.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.”

mercurynews

“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

Lien

laphil.com

sur scène

  • Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason

habillée par

  • Alessandro Michele
  • James Merry
  • KAIMIN
  • Micol Ragni

photographe

  • Santiago Felipe