Björk's "Biophilia" live show is set within a massive installation, with video screens and a choir
BjörkCraneway Pavilion (1414 Harbour Way S, Richmond, CA 94804) Map it $75
As artists go, few have lived in their element as thoroughly as Björk. Performing since she was a child, the Icelandic musician continues to be inspired by the possibilities of sound, intent on further pushing boundaries even after influencing countless others with her often unorthodox approach. Her latest album, Biophilia, went beyond simple musical exploration to incorporate science, technology, and visual art — an undertaking that is even more apparent in its live incarnation. Performed in the round, Björk's Biophilia live show is set within a massive installation, featuring a series of custom-designed instruments, a two-dozen-strong choir, and video screens with mesmerizing displays. In addition to providing the most intimate audience you're likely to have with the performer anytime soon, it's also full of things that could potentially shock you — quite literally, in the case of the two giant Tesla coils that descend from the ceiling and actually play notes within their bursts of ozone-scented caged lightning.