Saturday, 6 November 2010

Imogen Heap

Last night I went to the Royal Albert Hall to see Imogen Heap. I've been a fan of hers for a very very long time, and this time she had written 11 movements for an orchestra and was conducting them [and singing at the same time], followed by a two hour solo concert. I just can't really get my head around how talented this woman is. We were sitting in Choir West, which was behind the stage so, as Immi was conducting, she was facing us. It was a really beautiful and moving performance. You can find the music on youtube in three parts.

Immi's last album Ellipse came out last year, and she was vlogging about it before it came out, showing us all how she was putting it together, the amount of detail she puts into it. How she stays up until 7am most days and then gets a few hours sleep, tears it all up and rearranges it. She is the queen of editing and perseverance. She produced her own album, played nearly every single instrument on the album, recorded sounds all over her house. The end product is phenomenal. Dan and I watched her DVD Everything In-Between, and seriously it's enough to give anyone a huge kick up the backside and say YOU CAN DO THIS. You can make your WIP the best that you can; you have to slave over your work; you have to suffer for your art. [I'm not saying we'll all win a Grammy if we do that, but you know] bloody well get on with it.

She's amazing.

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