In preparation for our performance at Voices Now festival on Sunday 23rd June, we thought we’d give you the lowdown on the evening’s guest artist: the talented Ms Imogen Heap! Eclectic, eccentic and wearer of magical, musical gloves (see here!), here is her artist profile:
Name: Imogen Heap
Born: 9 December 1977
Background: Trained in piano, cello and clarinet from an early age, Imogen developed her musical production and sequencing skills whilst still at school, leading her to become a pioneer of electronic music within the pop sphere. Like many of today’s biggest stars, she went to study at the prestigious BRIT school. She spent the early 90s as a guest vocalist for a number of experimental pop bands and released her first album in 2000. It wasn’t until 2005 that Imogen really started to gain popular recognition after her song Hide and Seek was featured on THAT O.C. episode. She was nominated for a Grammy a year later.
Breakthrough Moment: Her second solo album, Speak for Yourself, won her not only international recognition, but also a Grammy nomination. Songs from the self-funded album have been used in many films and TV shows and samples from popular track Hide and Seek have made their way into a number of other songs!
What does she sound like? Think PJ Harvey, Kate Bush or Annie Lennox and you’ll be on the right lines! Her music is full of ambient sounds and electronic manipulation and she uses many instruments from around the world when she performs. She is known for her breathy, ethereal vocal style.
Voices Now: Imogen Heap will be joining City of London Sinfonia on stage to perform Erik Esenvalds new commission, City Songs, featuring six choirs and conducted by our Artistic Director, Stephen Layton.