Bjork and string music:
struggle with education and all things academic—in my case, ten
years of classical music training where I was force-fed German
composers then spent the next fifteen battling them: if we were
going to invent a new Icelandic modern musical language then where
did Brahms and Beethoven come into it? After all these years,
string arrangements have enabled me to unite my musical universe
with the academic one. Appears here as my collaborations with the
Brodsky quartet in 1995."
family tree boxset.
How they met:
"It was on hearing The Juliet Letters and seeing us play it live, that Björk contacted us to do a string arrangement of her song Hyperballad, which became the B-side of her huge hit single It’s oh so quiet. The next step was to join Björk on her UK tour. We opened the concerts in places like Sheffield Arena, playing string quartets by Stravinsky and Szymanski before being joined by Björk to do four songs at which point the band kicked in and we bowed out. At acoustic concerts in Bristol and the Union Chapel in London we performed 23 songs together, mostly our versions of Björk’s songs but we also threw in some Monk and Bacarach. When John Tavener wrote Prayer of the Heart for Björk and the
Quartet the boundaries of our two musical worlds completely dissolved."