Help TreePeople Replant After the 2009 Station Fire By Downloading Imogen Heap’s Los Angeles Improv Track

On June 19th, at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Imogen Heap recorded a one-of-a-kind live improvisation that is now available as a 2-track download on her website for $1.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to TreePeople to support its restoration efforts in the Angeles National Forest, badly damaged last year in the worst wildfire in Los Angeles history.

Angeles Forest Replanting

For nearly forty years TreePeople has been educating and inspiring people to plant and care for trees in the Los Angeles region. These efforts have resulted in the planting of more than two million trees, the educating of millions of school children and the engagement of hundreds and thousands of volunteers. TreePeople’s mission is to inspire, engage and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable and to share the process as a model for the world.

Imogen Heap Tree People

“I really, really love this charity.  (TreePeople’s) idea is to create a natural forest around L.A. where people in neighborhoods look after trees, plant trees, and let nature work the way it’s supposed to work, but unfortunately there’s usually a load of concrete in the way, ” said Heap at the June concert.

Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter, Imogen Heap’s North American tour is currently raising money for selected charities.  Each night of the tour she records a completely improvised piece of music using a key, time signature and tempo voted on by the audience just moments before.  The tracks are available as downloads shortly after the shows and all proceeds are donated to local charities suggested by the audience.

For the live improv recorded at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Imogen Heap listened to audience shouts and cheers to create a unique improv track in E flat minor using a 152.55 bpm tempo and a 4/4 time signature.  The result is a beautiful live melody.  But don’t take my word for it.  You can listen to the tracks free online.

The $1 download includes both a full and edited version and is available from now until September 8, 2010.  The full version includes Imogen Heap bantering with the audience, selecting the key, time signature and tempo and the entire development of the song.  The edited track is a trimmed version of the song without the audience interaction before.

To listen for free and to download the live improv – go to Imogen Heap’s website.  To purchase the download, click on Buy Now and you will be presented with a PayPal screen that allows you to pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or via your PayPal account.  The .zip file downloads immediately upon payment.  Instructions are available for adding the songs to iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc.  Super simple, beautiful and for a great cause!

TreePeople hopes to raise $5870 for the Angeles National Forest Restoration – so please be sure to check out the song soon!  Beginning in early 2011 thousands of volunteers will plant native seedlings in the area along the scenic Angeles Crest Highway that was burned too deeply during the 2009 Station Fire to recover on its own.  In the fall of 2010 you can sign up to volunteer for tree plantings.


  1. Please reconsider planting trees in the Station Fire area.

    I am very familiar with this area, having spent many, many hours there in the last 20 years.

    Almost all of the area burned in the Station Fire was chaparral. Chaparral is very adapted to fire. The only way a fire can kill it is if there is more than one fire in 10 years, due to invasive plants. There is no way a fire can be ‘too hot’ and kill chaparral plants – they have burls deep under the soil and seeds buried in the soil, short of an adjacent nuclear blast it will come back. I’ve seen it in areas that had 50+ foot flames.

    Bigcone Douglas-fir is the only conifer in the Station fire area that belongs below 4000 feet. It only regenerates under canyon live oak. Canyon live oak does not need to be planted because it recovers very well from fire. Bigcone douglas-fir is best helped by letting the oaks recover.

    Coulter pine occurs in some areas around 4000 feet, usually scattered in the chaparral. This amazing tree burns up in crown fires and the seeds are released during the fire. It will come back just fine. Because of the phoenix-like characteristics of this tree it should not be mixed in with other tree species, because during the next fire it will go up and kill them. It belongs in low numbers in chaparral, and will come back on its own.

    Chantry-Chileo Flats and the Mt Gleason area have some neat lower montane forest with ponderosa pine, jeffrey pine, incense cedar, and white fir. These forests were generally recognized to be too thick – in fact the USFS was thinning these forests. Does it make sense to thicken them again with planted trees? No! In 10 years if no trees are coming in, a few small plantings might be appropriate, but ONLY with seed from the San Gabriel Mountains. No other seed is adapted to the area. These areas are way less than the 10,000 acres TreePeople is proposing to plant anyway.

    Please don’t replant the counter and knobcone pine plantations that burned up. These are way, way denser than these species naturally grow, and at too low an elevation. They pose a fire risk and will just burn up again later. These areas should be left to turn back into chaparral, or planted with live oak trees.

    Please don’t plant conifers along roads. These present a great risk to firefighters trying to get in and out of the chaparral during fires. They will increase fire density near the roads and cause all kinds of problems. If you care about the roadside areas, get rid of the Spanish Broom growing there that crowds everything else out. If you want to plant a few Canyon Live Oaks and Interior Live Oaks along the road, I could see that being OK, but stick to north-facing slopes and gullies.


    The USFS’s very own Sylvics Manuals (entries for trees mentioned above)

    tons of Jon Keeley’s papers:

    the Chaparral institute:

  2. Two corrections:

    bigcone doug-fir will also regenerate under interior live oak and some mesic chaparral.

    “fire density near roads’ should read ‘fire intensity near roads’.

    I guess I got a bit overexcited and should have proofread one more time 🙂

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