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(including this writer) may pine for the Icelandic diva's simpler
incarnation as the pixiesh singer for the Sugarcubes. But with Bjork's
booking at two of Tokyo's poshest venues—and posh ticket prices to match
them—her transformation into a full-fledged diva is complete. For her
upcoming Vespertine tour, Bjork will be emphasizing her lofty status in
the pop firmament by teaming up with an orchestra, harpist and computer
duo for her two concerts.
audiences also currently have the mixed blessing of being able to view
Bjork's nude torso uncensored on Japanese music channels Space Shower and
MTV. The video for the latest single off Vespertine,
"Pagan Poetry," features the singer naked from the waist up
being erotically entwined by snakey computer graphics.
fans of Bjork in her simpler Sugercubes days, her transformation into a
boundary-breaking pop diva may have come as a surprise. But in fact Bjork
was a child prodigy, releasing her first album at age 11. She also worked
with Icelandic units Tappi T'karrass ("cork that bitch's ass")
and KUKL before her successful six-year stint with the Sugarcubes.
the demise of the groundbreaking group, Bjork returned to Iceland to
launch her solo career. 1993's Debut marked her emergence on the world
stage, and also signaled her growing interest in electronica. Post
made this trend even more overt, while Homogenic
brought a more introspective mood into her work.
put the finishing touch on her transformation into a cultural icon (and
iconoclast), Bjork then ventured into acting, winning the Best Actress
award at the 2000 Cannes film festival for her role in "Dancer In The
Dark," a film for which she also wrote the soundtrack.
her ongoing fall Vespertine tour, Bjork has been appearing with trademark swan draped
around her neck. She is touring with California computer duo Matmos and
NYC-based harpist Zeena Parkins, both of whom collaborated on the album.
The show is filled out by an 11-piece choir and a 54-piece orchestra.
their high cost, Bjork's immense popularity in Japan means that tickets
are selling fast. Book soon to guarantee yourself a seat.
plays Orchard Hall on Dec 5 and Tokyo International Forum Dec 7. See
listings for details.
See listings for details.