A festival-goer succinctly captured the essence of Björk's performance at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, stating, “It's a Björk thing, you don't have to understand it.” The enigmatic Icelandic singer wowed the audience Sunday night with a stunning orchestral collaboration and a dazzling drone show.
The “Björk thing” referred to the talented singer, a two-time Coachella headliner, joining forces with a 30-piece Hollywood string ensemble led by conductor Bjarni Frimann. Together, they delivered an operatic-style medley of songs with minimal stage antics, complemented by an eye-catching drone display to the right of the stage.
Björk's unmistakable voice captivated the audience, evoking the feeling of witnessing an opera in a foreign language. The orchestral accompaniment, the intensity of Björk's vocals, and even the drone choreography signaled the emotions that the audience was meant to experience.
The drone show, an unexpected highlight of the performance, featured 864 drones weaving intricate patterns in the sky. At one point, they reportedly created the illusion of a blue ocean wave, while later transforming into a red grid. Collaboratively designed by DRIFT, DroneStories, TWOFIFTYK, and NovaSkyStories, the drones took on a chaotic, red and blue pattern during the closing song “Pluto.” This mirrored the turbulent strings of the ensemble and Björk's powerful voice, culminating in a harmonious finale.
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