Posted On 18 Jun 2019
The English multi-talented musician Imogen Heap wrapped up her Mycelia World Tour in Los Angles last week at the Greek Theatre on Thursday (6/13).
From start to finish, the performance was a master class in musicianship. In between sharing quirky and delightful stories with the sold-out crowd, the artist sang and played her heart out. What exactly she played was tricky at first to understand.
For the whole almost 3-hour show, Heap wore black gloves that seemed to allow her to manipulate music and her vocals. Sometimes with very minimal movements and other times, with fast and sharp dabs in the air, she beautifully created her gorgeous melodies and stunning phrases of music. At one point she jokingly called them glovetars. They changed colors depending on her movement. With the flick of her finger, she could change notes and make different sounds heard. She created background voices behind her lead voice, truly becoming a full choir right before the crowd’s eyes.
It was enjoyable to hear the singer talk about how some of her beloved tunes came to existence. From spending a vacation following the Thames River, to inviting a new boyfriend over to her home who apparently did actually eat dairy, to liking Zach Braff so much and wanting to be part of the Garden State soundtrack so much, these intimate details of her songwriting experiences were charming and incredibly endearing to hear.
Dressed in a long black sleeveless mesh-like flowing dress (at one point she did mention the fashion designer in Austin that made the dress), converse sneakers with neon green shoelaces and hair piled on top of her head, Imogen Heap was a vision. Her interesting and eccentric look only added to her magical gloves and her musical abilities on stage.
Along with her talented band-mates, for most of the set, her Frou Frou partner, Guy Sigsworth was on stage as well. Together they performed many favorite Frou Frou songs including “Breathe In,” “Flicks,” “Close Up,” “Let Go,” “It’s Good To Be In Love” and “Only Got One.” They also opened the show with their brand new track, “Guitar Song.” Some of her solo material that was heard was “First Train Home,” “Hide And Seek,” “Aha,” “Headlock,” “Goodnight and Go” and more.
After a brief 20min intermission, the singer returned wearing a colllar-like piece around her head. It lit up throughout the set and only added to the eye candy on stage. For this second half of the show, Imogen playfully used bells, cymbals and even a long rubber-like hose to create her music.
There was even a moment during the back half of the concert when she went into the audience and asked someone to hum the first melody that popped into their head. She then took those notes and played around with it and improvised a brand new song. She then walked around the venue singing this newly created tune.
Perhaps it was because it was the final show of the tour but Imogen Heap seemed happy on stage and continued to tell the crowd exactly that. “I feel like the luckiest artist alive because I get to make all kinds of crazy music and you let me. I can do what I like because people like the weird stuff I guess.” She also commented on how much she loved being able to play outside and how that is something that you can’t do in England unless you wear full rain gear! 🙂