bjork

Bjork

This is Biography Bjork Gudmundsdottir apparently the surname simply means “Gudmund’s daughter was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, on 21 November 1965.

Daughter of alternative parents and influenced by hippy culture, she spent much of her childhood in one of the so-called “communes” organized by the flower children and local youth movements, which tended to consider the family as an enlarged nucleus, in line with the imagination that was sweeping the world.

Within this context, he learnt the first musical rudiments, naturally marked by the rock and psychedelic music of those years, without neglecting the committed singer-songwriters who raged in those years.But it should not be forgotten that he also takes lessons in theory and instrumental partica with the flute and piano. His debut in the world of music is however very precocious. In short, Bjork is not one of those cases in which career and artistic inclinations are blocked or little understood by his parents or the surrounding environment.

His first record records him at the tender age of only eleven, which makes her a media case and projects her into the firmament of Icelandic notoriety. It is an Icelandic folk cover album with an original song composed by her, a tribute to a painter from her homeland.

Following his entry into the world of pop and a little more grown up, he started a series of collaborations, including some performances on the punk scene, while continuing to record records as a soloist records that are little distributed and now hard to find.

In 1977 he arrives to the group that definitively reeds her and that will have a fundamental importance also on the level of her private life: they are the Sugarcubes, in which militates the man she will marry, Thor Eldon, with whom she will have a son, Sindri, even if the marriage won’t last long.

The two in fact separate after a few years. In any case, the Sugarcubes are at least one successful hit, the “Birthday” which, thanks to its beautiful melody, projects the band towards worldwide success. It’s 1988 and the “phenomenon” Bjork is far from exploding. Still together with the band he records other records, such as “Here, today, tomorrow, next week” and “Stick Around for Joy”,
in the critics’ opinion far less inspired than the first “Life’s too good”.

At that point (it’s 1992), Bjork feels the need to express herself, with her own songs. And she dissolves the band.Bjork has a consistent recording career behind him, yet he decides to name his album “Debut” (perhaps to disavow the album he recorded when he was 11 years old), which in fact represents a break with what he had done so far.
Success in any case is more than flattering. Sales figures in hand (over two million copies worldwide), despite the “difficult” music offered by the singer, a music far from the inveterate listening habits of radio success, she became one of the stars of the Nineties.

Bjork, in short, becomes the symbol, the champion of that “new” music that combines electronics and melody. In the same year he won the Mtv award in the Best European Video category, with “Human Behavior”. Two years pass and Bjork triumphs as Best female artist. Meanwhile, she moves to London where she explores the dance music scene.

He continues to work, write and compose, so much so that after “Telegram”, a collection of remixes of tracks from “Post”, in ’97 “Homogenic” was released, remixed like the previous two (some of his fans have also created a site that collects remixes and provides the music tracks to make them at home).

In 1997 the Icelandic leprechaun gets worldwide recognition with “Homogenic”, an album conceived as a living organism: nervous system represented by strings, lungs and oxygen by voice and heart by rhythm.

In 2000, however, he agreed to star in Lars Von Trier’s new film “Dancer in the dark”, of which he also composed the soundtrack. Her moving performance won her the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Best Actress, as well as being nominated for the 2001 Oscars in the Best Song category with “I’ve seen it all”, also based on von Trier’s film. In the midst of all this, she continues her collaborations with various musicians, according to the tabloids, in some cases conditioned by flirtation.

In August 2001 his new Lp, “Vespertine”, was released, which, according to Bjork herself, “is inspired by moments of solitude in one’s own home, dedicated to introspection and murmured reflections”.In July 2005 the soundtrack of “Drawing Restraint 9” was released, whose director is her husband Matthew Barney: Björk appears as the protagonist together with her husband.

In this musical experiment Björk refers to the technique of vocal superimpositions already used in Medúlla. He also composes numerous instrumental pieces with the Sho, an ancient Japanese musical instrument, which he studied directly in the land of the Rising Sun.

Discography

1977 – Björk

1993 – Debut

1995 – Post

1997 – Homogenic

2001 – Vespertine

2004 – Medúlla

2007 – Volta

2011 – Biophilia

2015 – Vulnicura

2017 – Utopia

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