Resident Icelandic wonder, Bjork, made the life of a couple hundred people last night at two last minute, intimate shows at the Riverside Church in Upper NYC. The tickets (as you must know from trying desperately like most of us did, to no avail) were made available to the lucky few who logged onto a special fan club weblink at just the right time last Friday. Bjork performed two short sets of mostly new material in the small chapel, opening with "Unravel," from 1997's Homogenic, sung entirely acapella. She walked down the center of the rows barefoot, in a white dress, taking full advantage of the dreamy acoustics, and the adoring crowd (if you can call a handful of people a "crowd"), before launching into brand new material from her upcoming album, Vespertine with the backing band.
Speaking of the band, it included a 12-women choir, harpist Zeena Parkins, and electronic duo Matmos - who made all kinds of ruckus on a Macintosh titanium Powerbook (crazy newfangled technology). The new songs she debuted include "Undo," "Pagan Poetry," "Cocoon," "Aurora," "Palmstroke," and "It's Not Up To You." Vespertine is due out on Elektra Aug. 28 and will be preceded by the single "Hidden
Place." Bjork is planning a fall tour of opera houses in support of the set.
Source: Ann Bowles