The Icelandic singer's performance turned out to be a one-of-a-kind experience.
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By Caterina Nissim
One of the biggest draws at this year's Fes Festival of Sacred Music was Bjork, who performed on the penultimate day, in her latest incarnation as the electric fairy.
The Icelandic singer was welcomed by a large crowd that gathered at the Bab Al Makina fortress, in this ancient capital on Friday, to enter her dream world and enjoy a night of music, which turned out to be a one-of-a-kind experience.
The audience was a mixture of the international following of the festival and the local Moroccan population that speaks a mixture of French and Arabic.
The relationship between sacred music and Bjork's personal style of ultra-modern techno music made many very curious and, for a number of people, it was one more reason to want to attend the concert. Why she was performing at a sacred music festival was a mystery to many.
But the reasons became quite clear at her introduction itself. The presenters, who introduced her music to the public in three languages -- French, Arabic and English -- explained that Bjork created a magical world, collecting the sounds of the cosmic to create her hymn to celebrate nature. And this, they said, is her way to "re-enchanting the world," which is the theme of this year's Fes festival.
Bjork was also in Fes as part of her tour that will continue in Europe during the rest of June and July in countries such as Spain, France, Denmark and Poland.
The show opened with her singing in the middle of her Icelandic choir, made up of girls with light and golden dresses. She was dressed in the same style of her musical album, "Biophilia," with a shimmery short blue dress and bushy red hair.
The stage was adorned with some "futuristic" installations and surmounted by three large screens from where the public could see the video accompanying the songs. Every song had its own video, each one a small piece of contemporary art.
They were created digitally with different techniques of 3D modeling and video post-production. The technique used for the first of the songs, "Hollow," was impressive. The singer's molecular-based head scan in the music video created an effect of feathers and fur growing on her head and face to disappear again gradually, many times, as one song followed another.
Some videos were linked in some way with the theme of nature; little floating sea creatures, DNA chains and growing mushrooms. Others were linked with the theme of the "universe." For example a growing and fainting moon, volcanoes erupting, the earth opening and closing mimicking a breath, slippage of earth plates that saw South America and Africa merging together in the end.
"Biophilia" ("the love for life") is the name of Bjork's musical project and title of her and eighth full-length studio album, which was released last year. Among the songs she performed at Fes were "Crystalline," "Solstice," "Sacrifice," "Thunderbolt," "Cosmogony," "Virus," "Thunderbolt" and "Hollow." (Global India Newswire)