Laufey's BEWITCHED (Víkingur Ólafsson Rework) premieres

Laufey’s BEWITCHED (Víkingur Ólafsson Rework) premieres

Today, GRAMMY® – winning Icelandic-Chinese artist, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Laufey is premiering a two-track re-release of her song “Bewitched,” alongside a new classical piano interpolation of the track reworked by celebrated Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson.

“Bewitched” is the title track from Laufey’s 2023 critically-acclaimed album Bewitched which, upon its release, was the biggest debut for a jazz album on Spotify in history and has garnered 1 billion streams to date globally. The album’s hit single “From The Start” is now RIAA-certified Platinum, and in February, Laufey won the 2024 GRAMMY® for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.” An expanded edition, Bewitched: The Goddess Edition, was released in April, debuting at #18 on the Billboard 200, #1 Independent Album, #1 Traditional Jazz Album, #2 Vinyl Album, and #3 Current Album. Laufey will continue to take her celebrated live show on the road throughout the summer including stops at Lollapalooza with The Chicago Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and All Things Go Music Festival with The Kennedy Center Orchestra. See below for full routing.

Los Angeles-based Laufey (pronounced lāy-vāy) was raised between Reykjavík and Washington, D.C. with annual visits to Beijing. In 2020, while still a student at Berklee College of Music, Laufey released her debut single “Street by Street,” which went on to top the Icelandic radio charts. In 2022, she released her debut full-length, Everything I Know About Love, which reached #1 on Billboard’s Alternative New Artist Album chart. The album featured the RIAA-certified Gold singles “Valentine,” which peaked at #1 on the Spotify Jazz Chart, and “Let You Break My Heart Again.” Today, Laufey has over 2 billionstreams across all platforms.

“she is a musical tour de force”Los Angeles Times 

“Laufey makes music that bridges generations…”Rolling Stone

“Utterly spellbinding…it really does feel like we’re witnessing a Hollywood starlet

 in her golden era.” ☆☆☆☆☆NME

Of the rework, Laufey explains, “Víkingur and I came from the same music school and have the same musical roots but have ventured in two different directions. I see this collaboration as an ode to our joint heritage. Mostly, I am the biggest Víkingur fan. His recordings have accompanied me throughout my teenage years into my adult life and have served as a soundtrack and a safety blanket to my travels in the past two years. I am so honored he was willing to apply his incredible and unique musicality to my own song.” 

Víkingur furthers, “Like so many around the world, I have been bewitched by the talent of Laufey. When she asked me to reimagine her song, ‘Bewitched,’ I didn’t have to think about it for long. I hope you enjoy my little creation for an upright piano in the foreground and two grand pianos placed in the distancerecorded in January in The Northern Lights Hall in Harpa, Iceland.”

LIST

LAUFEY LIVE

June 21 —Salt Lake City, UT—Twilight Concert Series (Gallivan Center)

June 23—Williamsburg, VA—Virginia Arts Festival 

June 24—Pittsburgh, PA—Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts (with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) SOLD OUT

June 25—Pittsburgh PA—Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts (with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) SOLD OUT

June 26—Rochester, NY—Rochester International Jazz Festival SOLD OUT

June 28—Ottawa, ON—Ottawa Jazz Festival 

June 29—Montreal, QC—Montreal International Jazz Festival (Matinee) 

June 29—Montreal, QC—Montreal International Jazz Festival SOLD OUT

June 30—Saratoga Springs, NY—Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival 

July 12—Rotterdam, Netherlands—North Sea Jazz

July 13—Ghent, Belgium—Gent Jazz Festival 

July 15—Madrid, Spain—Noches del Botánico

July 16—Barcelona, Spain—56 Voll-Damm Festival de Jazz

July 18—Perugia, Italy—Umbria Jazz

July 19—Montreux, Switzerland—Montreux Jazz Festival

July 20—Gardone Riviera, Italy—Tener-a-mente

July 21—Lucerne, Switzerland—Luzern Live Festival

July 23—Marciac, France—Jazz in Marciac 

August 2—Chicago, IL—Lollapalooza (with The Chicago Philharmonic)

August 3—Montauk, NY—The Montauk Point Lighthouse

August 4—Newport Jazz Festival—Newport, RI

August 7—Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Bowl (with Los Angeles Philharmonic) SOLD OUT

August 17—Tokyo—SUMMERSONIC 

August 18—Osaka—SUMMERSONIC 

August 24-25—Bangkok—SUMMERSONIC

August 27—Kuala Lumpur—Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre

August 29—Hong Kong—AsiaWorld-Expo, Hall 10

August 31—Taipei—TICC

September 2—Manila, Philippines—SM Mall of Asia Arena

September 4—Singapore, Singapore—Singapore Expo 

September 6—Melbourne, Australia—Palais Theatre SOLD OUT

September 7—Melbourne, Australia—Palais Theatre SOLD OUT

September 9—Melbourne, Australia—Palais Theatre SOLD OUT

September 11—Brisbane, Australia—Concert Hall, QPAC SOLD OUT

September 13—Sydney, Australia—Sydney Opera House Concert Hall SOLD OUT

September 14—Sydney, Australia—ICC Sydney Theatre SOLD OUT

September 17—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre*

September 18—Denver, CO—Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre*

September 21—Portland, OR—Moda Center*

September 28—Columbia, MD—All Things Go Music Festival (with The Kennedy Center Orchestra) SOLD OUT

 

* special guest to Mitski

WHO

ABOUT VÍKINGUR ÓLAFSSON

Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has made a profound impact with his remarkable combination of highest level musicianship and visionary programmes. His recordings for Deutsche GrammophonPhilip Glass Piano Works (2017), Johann Sebastian Bach (2018), Debussy Rameau (2020), Mozart & Contemporaries (2021) and From Afar (2022) captured the public and critical imagination and have led to career streams of over 600 million.

In October 2023, Ólafsson released his anticipated new album on Deutsche Grammophon of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Ólafsson has dedicated his entire 2023/24 season to a Goldberg Variations world tour, performing the work across six continents throughout the year. He brings Bach’s masterpiece to major concert halls, including London’s Southbank Centre, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Philharmonie de Paris, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Harpa Concert Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Sala São Paulo, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, Philharmonie Berlin, Mupa Budapest, KKL Luzern and Alte Oper Frankfurt, to name a few.

Now one of the most sought-after artists of today, Ólafsson’s multiple awards include Opus Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year (2023), Opus Klassik Solo Recording Instrumental (twice), CoScan’s International Nordic Person of the Year (2023), the Rolf Schock Prize for Music (2022), Gramophone’s Artist of the Year (2019), and Album of the Year at the BBC Music Magazine Awards (2019).

A captivating communicator both on and off stage, Ólafsson’s significant talent extends to broadcast, having presented several of his own series for television and radio. He was Artist in Residence for three months on BBC Radio 4’s flagship arts programme, Front Rowbroadcasting live during lockdown from an empty Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík and reaching millions of listeners around the world. https://www.vikingurolafsson.com

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