Imogen Heap Teases New Music
Globally renowned tech innovator and multi-GRAMMY award-winning recording artist Imogen Heap will release new music next Friday, April 19 on Linda Perry and Kerry Brown's label, We Are Hear. This signing announcement comes just ahead of a panel with Linda Perry at Berklee College of Music this Thursday, April 11 where the two industry innovators will discuss the work they are doing and community power needed to propel positive advancements for creators. Heap and Perry spoke with WBUR, Boston's NPR affiliate offering more insight on their work and this week's event.
Recognized for creative works including Hide and Seek and Tiny Human, Heap embarked on her first world tour in eight years in Europe in the fall of 2018. The Mycelia World Tour kicks off its 10-city North American leg of the tour from April 28, 2019. With a carefully curated line-up of concerts, talks and hosted events, she plans to bring together content creators, fans and the industry in a unique and innovative format.
North America 2019 Tour Dates:
4/28: Miami, FL @ Fillmore
5/3: Washington, DC @ Lincoln (SOLD OUT)
5/4: Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
5/7: New York, NY @ Town Hall Theatre
5/8: New York, NY @ Town Hall Theatre (SOLD OUT)
5/14: Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre (SOLD OUT)
5/16: Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
5/17: Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (SOLD OUT)
5/24: Boston, MA @ Emerson Colonial Theatre
6/1: Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody
6/5: Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
6/8: San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
6/13: Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
Revered technology innovator, Imogen Heap will make two appearances at theBlockchain Revolution Global event on April 24 in Toronto. She will have a fireside chat with Don Tapscott (Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute) that afternoon and make an appearance at the Enterprise Blockchain Awards Gala performing one song demonstrating the MI.MUgloves that evening. Imogen will discuss how she is using blockchain technology to help content creators protect copyright and receive direct payment for their work. Imogen will also make stops at the eMerge Americasin Miami, WSJ Future Of Everything Festival in NYC and Boston Calling conferences, delivering a keynote talk about Mycelia with showcase of theMI.MU gloves.
Comprising of concerts, talks and workshops, the 40-city tour will be used as a platform to officially launch Mycelia's 'Creative Passport' - realising a vision of the future which sees music makers connected through a verified and decentralised ecosystem, promoting artist-led, fair and sustainable operating practices. Inspired to collaborate with creators across the world, Mycelia has just announced Creative Passport Forums in North America. Registration for events is here.
Using emergent blockchain technology, the 'Creative Passport' - which is unique to each music maker and empowers them to be 'open for business' - contains personal information, existing IDs, acknowledgements, works and business partners. Featuring template 'smart contracts', it enables quick and easy direct payments to simplify and democratise collaboration from meaningful commercial partnerships to creativity.
Founded by Imogen Heap, Mycelia is a research and development hub whose mission, through technology, is to bring to life a music maker database which will help realise a fair, sustainable and vibrant music ecosystem. To the non-music folks, this ultimately means fairer payments to artists and a richer marketplace from which to build their careers by easing collaboration creatively and commercially. Fundamentally it's about building ethical, technical and commercial standards to elevate the music industry from what it is today to a place which we all deeply value and care for in our everyday lives.
Self-produced, independent, engaged, Imogen Heap blurs the boundaries between pure art form and creative entrepreneurship. Writing and producing 4 solo albums, Heap has developed a strong collaboration with her loyal following. Creating tracks for movies, TV and, most recently, the entire score for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play, in addition to collaborating with artists including Ariana Grande, Mika, Nitin Sawhney, Josh Groban and Deadmau5, Heap's been nominated for 5 Grammys, winning one for engineering and another for her Taylor Swift's contribution on the album 1989. She has also won an Ivor Novello award, The Artist and Manager Pioneer award, the MPG Inspiration Award and an honorary Doctorate of Technology.
As part of her involvement in making music, Heap has pioneered technologies to humanise the technology surrounding creation, performance business operations for her 20+ year career in music and better reward artists for their work. These include her MI.MU gloves, a gestural music making system, and Mycelia's 'Creative Passport'.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Cowarts