October 15, 2010
Emerson Brown, NPR
IN CONCERT FROM L.A. ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17
WEBCAST FEATURES FILM DIRECTOR DEAN DEBLOIS, LIVE BLOGGING
BY XL RECORDINGS' KRIS CHEN AND ONLINE AUDIENCE CHAT
The webcast is being directed by Dean DeBlois, director of the animated feature film How to Train Your Dragon and Heima, which documented Sigor Rós' free tour through their native Iceland. During the video webcast of Sunday's concert, audiences will be able to chat with the person who signed Jónsi to XL recordings, Kris Chen, who will blog from backstage.
"I'm thrilled that this concert is NPR Music's first video simulcast," says All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. "Not only is the album by Jón Thór Birgisson - or Jónsi - just about my favorite of the year, I've heard that his show is a visual stunner."
Jónsi's first North American tour was met with an outpouring of enthusiastic praise from media and fans alike. During the tour, he played material from Go, which received rave reviews upon its release earlier this year. Jónsi's collaborated with 59 Productions, a London-based design team known for their theatre and opera staging, to develop a concert experience full of animation and set elements that complement the album's themes and music.
NPR's afternoon newsmagazine All Things Considered recently reported on the Jónsi concert experience, likening his stage show to a live film. The piece can be heard in anticipation of Sunday's live webcast here: www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2010/09/27/130164130/jonsi
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