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Bjork Gudmundsdottir, short
Biography and information.
Born in Reykjavik on 21st November 1965
and at only 34 years of age, Björk
has already recorded and released 14 albums over the last 23 years.
Her first, self-titled album, a collection of Icelandic songs and her first
two solo works were released when she was only 11 years old. Björk then
went on to form a number of short-lived punk/new wave bands - Exodus at
13, Tappi Tikarrass at 14 and Kukl at 18 - before joining The Sugarcubes,
mutated pop/rock band, that went on to have considerable international
success selling more than three million albums.
The Sugarcubes split in 1992 and in the interim period before the release
of her critically acclaimed album "Debut", and whilst considering her
options, Björk began to consolidate her relationship with a trio of
respected Icelandic jazz players called Gudmundar Ingolfssonar. They
recorded a one-off album of jazz and popular standards entitled "Gling Glo"
which even five years afters it's release remained in the Icelandic best
However, it has been her three solo albums, released under her own name,
"Debut", "Post" and "Homogenic", that have created an identity and musical
status for her that are unequivocal. From the release of the critically
acclaimed "Debut" in 1993, Björk was embraced by media and public alike
became firmly established as a supremely inventive and ground-breaking
international artist. To date, as a solo artist, she has achieved record
sales in excess of seven million.
Throughout her career she has incorporated her eclectic musical taste in
all her solo projects and has collaborated with a bewildering and diverse
array of musicians and producers from Nellee Hooper and Graham Massey to
Mark Bell, Black Dog and Matmos. In addition she has explored and worked
within the classical arena and has collaborated with luminaries including
The Brodsky Quartet, Kent Nagano and John Taverner as well as with dance
pioneers Dallas Austin and The Wu Tang Clan.
Renowned for her creativity and innovative idea's, Björk has worked with
the world's best, as well as young and unknown, photographers, fashion
designers and video directors. She has received numerous accolades and
international awards including three Grammy nominations for her video's
most recent of which was for the vastly acclaimed "All Is Full Of Love"
video which was directed by Chris Cunningham.
Filming for Dancer In The Dark began in early 1999 and although Björk had
originally intended only to write and produce the score for the film, she
decided that she would love to embrace the challenge of taking one of the
starring roles when Lars Von Trier asked her to consider this.
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