Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Imogen Heap Creates Playground at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom

Imogen Heap may be best known as the former Frou Frou frontwoman, whose wildly successful "Let Go" soundtracked 2004's Garden State - but beyond the mainstream crossover lies an immensely talented, Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist/singer.

Tuesday night, Heap created one of the most eclectic, astounding stage-shows this writer has seen for her more than 3,000 fans at Hammerstein Ballroom.

Decked out in glittered ballet flats, a bandanna, and a sparkly keytar at times - Heap resembled a child as she wandered the stage - which featured a giant illuminated tree, skeletal piano, and modest backing band with two violinists. There were moments where you felt like you were watching an elementary school play.

"I haven't played this one in New York ever," the 32-year-old said during one of many banters with the audience. She then into powered into a piano-fueled version of "Come Here Boy," off of her first solo record, 1998's iMegaphone.

Heap played songs spanning from both her solo and Frou Frou career - including "Goodnight and Go," "Tidal," "Speeding Cars," "Hide and Seek," and an impromptu track she made up for the New York audience: "Sometimes Things Just Don't Add Up," of which iTunes proceeds benefit the Lower East Side Ecology Center.

Check out three of our favorite moments of the night: Heap's rendition of "Let Go," above, and "Come Here Boy" and New York anthem "Sometimes Things Just Don't Add Up," below.

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