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Bjork

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 age 13, Tappi Tikarrass at 14 and Kukl at 18 - before joining The Sugarcubes, a 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 seller's chart.

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 and 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 the 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.

Most recently, Björk has started work on her new studio album which is scheduled for release in April 2001.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Bjork Facts

Birth NameBjörk Guðmundsdóttir
OccupationMusician, Actress
BirthdayNovember 21, 1965 (51)
SignScorpio
BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland
Height5' 4" (1m63)  How tall is Bjork compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Not available.