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    Tis the season for Bjork albums again -- winter is great for Homogenic/Vespertine, and springtime for Post/Debut. Time to update itunes on my phone!

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    Took this pic on the plane today. Nice to see Bjork featured!

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    American soprano Renée Fleming has released an album called Distant Light which includes four Björk songs, Virus, Joga, All Is Full of Love and Undo. I haven't had lots of time to listen but AIFOL and Undo sound pretty gorgeous. It's great that a top-tier classical musician is crossing these genres over - there are plenty of ways that Björk's music verges into the contemporary classical genre and I'm sure Björk herself has had an influence on at least a handful of contemporary classical composers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spyk_ View Post
    American soprano Renée Fleming has released an album called Distant Light which includes four Björk songs, Virus, Joga, All Is Full of Love and Undo. I haven't had lots of time to listen but AIFOL and Undo sound pretty gorgeous. It's great that a top-tier classical musician is crossing these genres over - there are plenty of ways that Björk's music verges into the contemporary classical genre and I'm sure Björk herself has had an influence on at least a handful of contemporary classical composers.
    That's totally awesome. Would love to hear her version of Undo!

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    They're really fantastic, not just for Fleming's vocals, but the orchestration is interesting. Especially on Joga.

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    thanks for the hat tip! I'm just finding them on google play now - classical / popular music crossover areas are always super interesting to me to see how successful the cross-influence is. Usually I find popular music artists benefit a lot by incorporating classical influences (see: bjork, rufus, sufjan, anohni, joanna newsom... etc etc)

    But some classical artists singing/playing popular music doesn't always work so well. I love that this album has Hillborg's The Strand Settings which I'm really looking forward to hearing too.

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    I think Fleming is particularly good at crossover. She takes popular music seriously, which is a good place to start from. She used to gig as a jazz singer when she was at Julliard so she's always had other genres in her blood. I think there is generally a good way to do crossover and a bad way to do crossover. The good way is to bring something original and dynamic to the other genre, using classical skills without imposing them. The bad way is the unimaginative cash-in, usually from a famous male tenor (not to point fingers *glares at Alfie Boe*), of a bunch of 'operatic'-ish musical theatre songs; 'The Impossible Dream', 'Bring Him Home' and 'Some Enchanted Evening' are standards. I mean, what's that really bringing to the table? A few years ago Fleming brought out an album called 'Dark Hope'. It's really interesting. You can sort of hear the classical influence in her voice but she doesn't use any operatic power, and she almost sounds like a different singer. Her voice has such a dark quality to it, and I'm really glad she's confident enough to experiment with it on record.

    Anyway, the Bjork songs are growing on me, especially Joga. The arrangements are beautiful.

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    Bjork's publishing a book of sheet music called 34 Scores for Piano, Organ, Harpsichord and Celeste. Out June 5!

    Preorder link

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    Here's a good article from Pitchfork on her new book and other projects.

    http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1509-b...collaboration/

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    BTW Björk Digital is coming to Barcelona (June 13th through September 24th). She'll also be doing a 4-hour DJ set at Sónar (June 14th).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Father Lucifer View Post
    Here's a good article from Pitchfork on her new book and other projects.

    http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1509-b...collaboration/
    Thanks for that article! Interesting as always to hear about her process.

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    I'm going to the Bjork Digital exhibition here in LA tomorrow. Looking forward to checking out the VR vids and see if maybe the Vulnicura songs stand out more with the visual accompaniment.

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    Bjork Surprise DJ’d a ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Viewing Party in Brooklyn

    Bjork spinning Ariana Grande after Drag Race is the gayest thing I will ever experience. Now, everyone on the dance floor was putty; gay rainbow silly putty melting on the floor. A huge sink basin behind her in the booth, she kept pretending to wash dishes. She gestured to the pink dishwashing soap at one point. She pretended to use the water spray hose on the crowd.

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    From B's Facebook:

    i am inspired by the women everywhere who are speaking up online to tell about my experience with a danish director . because i come from a country that is one of the worlds place closest to equality between the sexes and at the time i came from position of strength in the music world with hard earned independence , it was extremely clear to me when i walked into the actresses profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it . i became aware of that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it . when i turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where i was framed as the difficult one . because of my strength , my great team and because i had nothing to loose having no ambitions in the acting world , i walked away from it and recovered in a years time . i am worried though that other actresses working with the same man did not . the director was fully aware of this game and i am sure of that the film he made after was based on his experiences with me . because i was the first one that stood up to him and didn't let him get away with it

    and in my opinion he had a more fair and meaningful relationship with his actresses after my confrontation so there is hope

    let's hope this statement supports the actresses and actors all over

    let's stop this

    there is a wave of change in the world

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    in the spirit of #metoo i would like to lend women around the world a hand with a more detailed description of my experience with a danish director . it feels extremely difficult to come out with something of this nature into the public , especially when immediately ridiculed by offenders . i fully sympathise with everyone who hesitates , even for years . but i feel it is the right time especially now when it could make a change . here comes a list of the encounters that i think count as sexual harassment :

    1 after each take the director ran up to me and wrapped his arms around me for a long time in front of all crew or alone and stroked me sometimes for minutes against my wishes

    2 when after 2 months of this i said he had to stop the touching , he exploded and broke a chair in front of everyone on set . like someone who has always been allowed to fondle his actresses . then we all got sent home .

    3 during the whole filming process there were constant awkward paralysing unwanted whispered sexual offers from him with graphic descriptions , sometimes with his wife standing next to us .

    4 while filming in sweden , he threatened to climb from his room´s balcony over to mine in the middle of the night with a clear sexual intention , while his wife was in the room next door . i escaped to my friends room . this was what finally woke me up to the severity of all this and made me stand my ground

    5 fabricated stories in the press about me being difficult by his producer . this matches beautifully the weinstein methods and bullying . i have never eaten a shirt . not sure that is even possible .

    6 i didnt comply or agree on being sexually harassed . that was then portrayed as me being difficult . if being difficult is standing up to being treated like that , i´ll own it .

    hope

    let´s break this curse

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    Of course she's talking about Lars Von Trier. Good for her for coming forward with this! And fuck him for doing that, fuck his production team for enabling it and then framing her as the "difficult one", fuck Catherine Deneuve for being a sexual harrasment apologist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubidoux View Post
    From B's Facebook:

    Of course she's talking about Lars Von Trier. Good for her for coming forward with this! And fuck him for doing that, fuck his production team for enabling it and then framing her as the "difficult one", fuck Catherine Deneuve for being a sexual harrasment apologist.
    Fuck Trier, seriously. ARGH WHY this shit is EVERYWHERE

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