Lucia Iman

Lucia Iman

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"Each melody is unpredictable and the outcome is an album that is whimsical, even magical. Tame The Night sounds like Nick Drake is alive, female, of Spanish descent and has allowed film director Wes Anderson to produce Lucia's latest album."

Biography

Lucia Iman is a singer-songwriter and pianist from Sevilla, Spain currently living between Los Angeles and Madrid. Her music has been described as pop-noir with a cinematic twist. Collaborating with Grammy-winning producer Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Jeff Buckley), Lucia’s second album Tame the Night was released worldwide in June 2010.

Drawing comparisons to Feist, Fiona Apple and Goldfrapp, Lucia’s distinctive take on pop music has sparked interest in music circles at home and abroad, earning her a place in the top 100 unsigned artists of 2007 and 2009 by Music Connection Magazine.

Tame the Night was completely funded by the support of 903 of Lucia’s fans through the crowd-funding concept Sellaband, where she raised $50,000 to finance the album in November of 2008.

“Tame The Night [is] the sophomore, impressively D.I.Y. album from Lucia Iman… [where] the story is as interesting as the music… An oddly captivating album.” (Direct Current Music).

With stunning vocal performances at the forefront, the album journeys through 1940’s harbors in Eyes to Sea (complete with Nick Drake-like strings), the quirky in One, Two, Three, and darker tones in the title track Tame the Night. A stellar group of musicians contributed to the project: drummer Ethan Eubanks (Ivy, Norah Jones), trumpetist Dan Brantigan (Kaki King), violinist/arranger Kailin Yong and guitarist Mark Axiak.

“I wanted to make an introspective album that established my own sound. A sound that is intimate and visually evocative, yet accessible to the listeners,” Lucia explains.

Taking this music to the live stage, Lucia has teamed up with jazz drummer Lorca Hart (Freddie Hubbard, Bennie Maupin) and experimental bassist Joey Maramba (Rickie Lee Jones), forging a sound that emphasizes the atmosphere of the album and brings the songs to a new dynamic level.

“Lucia is a disarming performer and intriguing live act thanks to her natural talent… she is someone to keep an eye on.” (Music Connection Magazine).

Following her grass-roots approach, Lucia has organized tours performing across the US West Coast and Europe, independently bringing her music to major cities worldwide.

Her music’s cinematic nature has also lent itself to film, being featured in TV shows such as Showtime’s The L Word, and in documentaries including A Day in the Dirt and Sold in America (Montreal Human Rights Film Festival), for which she wrote the theme song.

Trained in classical piano as a young girl in Madrid’s Real Music Conservatory in Spain, Lucia moved with her family to Los Angeles at sixteen years of age. She studied voice at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts before returning to Los Angeles to focus on her musical career.

Lyrics

Remember

Written By: Lucia Iman

Do you remember when
we’d look beyond each other’s eyes Each second, a clean slate
where new adventures would arise

Do you remember?

The film rolled by,
We tried to freeze the time but failed to ride the tide
Let us be immersed in the art of living It’s who we are

And then, one day,
We grew up tall away from all that we were
Leaving the child behind
So we could reach the skies
But we forgot to fly

Do you remember?

You and me, sitting underneath the apple tree
You and me, sharing endless days throughout the spring

Each day, just breathe
Let the feeling fill yourself
Wake up, heart of a child,
Take your turn to grace

You and me, sitting underneath the apple tree
You and me, sharing endless days throughout the spring

Do you remember?

Eyes to sea

Written By: Lucia Iman

Oh, I hear a sacred voice
Calling me beyond this shore
All I hear and all I feel
The sweetest longing of love’s tears
That draw the current of my being
Dissolving me right into sea

Enter in this cave inside
Where words dance in story lines
The endless pages of this book
Tell the tales of love anew
Sprouting from a barren land
The timeless blossom of the heart
Has started

All the way across the seas
I will drown myself to be
Part of you, you part of me
Navigating silently
We’re cruising on, no journey’s end
Anchored in each other’s breath

Oh, this feeling is so clear
Screaming out for us to hear
Fire, fire, burn me deep
Till I know myself to be
Part of you, you part of me
Swinging on a solar string

Oh, this fire of creation
Molded us in sweet perfection
Harmony was born for us
To carve the sculpture of our heart
Along the way, along the fight
The weightless grace of love has come
All the way to us

Tame the night

Written By: Lucia Iman

Tame the night
With its own magic light
If you wanna win, gotta make it from inside

You dreamers, you drifters
Architects of time, peaking in and out
Of our existence

Take the blindfold off
This mundane perception don’t belong
To you

And I fought most of the time
And I know that the road turns
are wicked and trite
But a fall won’t prevent me
from keeping the sight
Of my love, that awaits on the other side

Well he tamed me now
Never thought this lion roar would subside
He knows how to win, makes my heart sing
And sleep in peace

You dreamers, you drifters
Paint yourselves alive,
Rise and shine to taste existence

Take the blindfold off
This mundane perception don’t belong
To you

And I fought most of the time
And I know that the road turns
are wicked and trite
But a fall won’t prevent me
from keeping the sight
Of my love, that awaits on the other side

Son de mar

Written By: Lucia Iman

Oh, son de mar
Que lindo escuchar tu voz
entre la corriente y el alboroto.

Oh, son de mar
Dejame sentir tu ritmo
Dentro del vaiven
llegamos tu y yo.

En una botella que lleva mi nombre
Como una pluma
volando entre las olas
Llegando a Gibraltar
Navego en mi rumbo
al despertar.

Translation:

Oh, song of sea
how sweet, to hear your voice
between the current and the motion.

Oh, song of sea
Let me feel your rhythm
You and I arrive
Within the ebb and flow.

In a bottle that carries my name
like a feather
flying in the waves
Arriving in Gibraltar
I sail on my path
to awakening.

Mr Green

Written By: Lucia Iman

Never wrote a song ‘bout love before
Never thought such love was possible
So let me attempt to,
take it for what it’s worth
Read between the lines
Help me through my words
If I stumble and fall
No worries at all
I’ll rise above, to you, my love

When you lay your eyes on me
There’s nowhere to hide
That gorgeous green shoots through my skin
Straight into my butterflies

Embrace the fear, it’s just a shadow
Caress and kiss, protect our bubble,
We’re submerged into each other

You…

How we lose ourselves into each other, oh,
We’re like magnets, feels so good
To let go

Let’s go flying, let us glide
Take me with you, by your side,
I wanna be there
‘til the day is through

You…

Masquerade

Written By: Lucia Iman

I’ve been looking for inventions
In this masquerade of life
I’ve been searching for directions
Only to find, that I’d lost sight of my path

I’ve been longing for a new dimension
To give color and shape and to bring a new light
But I learned that through my expectations
I couldn’t see what was in front of me

And now you’re here
The only one my heart longs to see
And now each river runs its course

I’ve been giving myself explanations
Blindfolded my eyes, believed my own lies
But when you reached my destination
I could not resist rising to the occasion

A device of my own creation
These monsters and shadows, they seemed so real
After all the fear and frustration, they robbed me so
But you came and made them go

And now you’re here
The only one my heart longs to see
And to be so found inside your grounds
That I can let go and get lost
Forever more

One, two, three

Written By: Lucia Iman

One, two, three
One, two, three
One, two, three…and one

One, is the name of true revelation
Two, is the fault and hence, no redemption
By three…it’s a waltz
Between two opposing forces

One, two, three..

One, weary instance, you got me lost
Two, are the days that love came aboard
And three are the chances I gave
You lost at three, and now you’re gone, gone, gone

So then all went wrong
And the waltz we once sang
Became a funeral march

One, two, three..
One, is the day that you promised heaven
With your two, deceiving eyes
Lies, lies, many more than three times…
Now you’re gone, gone, gone, gone

Little voice

Written By: Lucia Iman

Once upon a time
There was a voice that was food to my soul
There were soft guitars
There were stars exploding like fireworks

But then there came oblivion
The dream swallowers came
Dressed in smoke

Once upon a time
There was a voice that was fuel to my faults
Oh, so loud and strange
I listened to the paradigm it created

On its back it wrapped me up
On a train of despair
I was kidnapped

Little voice, please come into my world
Little voice please shelter me from harm
little voice please, I still hear you
you’re the one that I love and adore

Once there, I had to choose
I had to see in me a chance for life

Wintersong

Written By: Lucia Iman

The stars are shaking
The snow has covered them all
Ooh, ooo
The wind caresses
The leaves that managed to hang on
Ooh, ooh

Just like I’ve managed to weather this snow storm
Out in the cold
My feet bare like stone
Lighting this fire
Has kept me warm
Icicles couldn’t capture my soul

The street is dark
But a glow emerges from you
Ooh, ooh
No heart is empty
No hand unshaken tonight
Ooh, ooh

Winter is here but so is the magic
Unfolding with each falling flake
Noise of the world put aside
For a new sound
Icicles couldn’t capture my soul

And you run and you run from the gutter inside
And you run, run, run, from the shadows that say
The shadows that say who you are

The chill erases
The seeds awaken below
Ooh, ooh

My heart was broken
This grace has glued it back on
Ooh, ooh

When the lights...

Written By: Lucia Iman

When the lights are coming out
and the wicked witches growl
I will make no fearing sound
for the wind to reveal me out

And I want to, and I need to
face my fears in the dark
and I want to, and I need to
face the music and dance

When the lights are coming out
and the moaning loonies shout
I will call my midnight owl
and the wind will help me out

And I want to, and I need to
face my fears in the dark
and I want to, and I need to
face the music and dance

When frustration settles in
Instead of receiving it
And taking it in..
Bounce it back against those walls
No matter what they say,
The light is yours

When the voices of darkness get loud
Out of control, wrecking havoc
Creating doubt
Oh..All I say is
Look at the Love
That manifests with every step
of your chosen road

Discography

* Lucia Iman (2008)
* Tame the night (2010)

Set List

* from Tame the Night *
1. Remember
2. Masquerade
3. Eyes to sea
4. One, two, three
5. Little voice
6. Ground zero
7. Son de mar
8. Tame the night
9. When the lights
10. Mr. Green
11. Wintersong

* from Lucia Iman *
1. Mr. Green
2. Dreaming
3. Somewhere
4. Submarine
5. Listening
6. Sunrise
7. Angel
8. Nana
9. Time to go

* unrecorded original material *
Survivor
Devil's catching up with you
No friends
Subtle child
The truth we want
The ways of the world
Season love
One hand to the sun
Lullaby

* cover material *
La vie en rose (Edith Piaf)
Moon river (Henry Mancini)
Azure (Ella Fitzgerald)
Tout Doucement (Feist)
Blackbird (The Beatles)
Harvest Moon (Neil Young)
A Felicidade ( Jobim)
Corcovado (Jobim)
My baby just cares for me (Nina Simone)
River (Joni Mitchell)