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About Björk

The idiosyncratic quality of Björk Guðmundsdóttir's vocals is matched only by her unpredictable artistry. She's an iconic singer and songwriter whose prototypical vision has fed turns as a producer, actor, visual artist, curator, and activist. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1965, she performed and recorded as a child before catching the global spotlight as lead singer for cultish alt-rock band The Sugarcubes. After the group broke up in 1993, she settled in London and launched herself into solo album Debut, inhabiting ever-shifting dance music landscapes in collaboration with producer Nellee Hooper. Follow-up album Post established Bjork as a crossover star, with the roiling "Army of Me" and a brassy cover of obscure Betty Hutton B-side "It's Oh So Quiet." In 1997, Homogenic explored an increasingly experimental aesthetic within electronic-rooted art-pop songs that borrow from noise, contemporary, classical and traditional Icelandic choir sounds. She also developed non-musical collaborations with visual artist Matthew Barney—with whom she had a child—and acted in the Lars von Trier film Dancer in the Dark. In 2011, she again broke new ground with multimedia project Biophilia, a roving suite of music, videos and apps. Continued exploration has led to work with Venezuelan producer Arca, including 2015's Vulnicura, which charted the demise of her relationship with Barney and revealed wrenching emotional rawness amid her endless sonic inventions.

Reykjavik, Iceland
November 21, 1965

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