i first read about californian singer/songwriter vienna teng on eric cheng’s blog, in the long-long-ago.
there was a link to her website with a few sound samples, and i instantly became a fan.
since then, her beautiful music and powerful lyrics accompanied me everywhere i went.
in fact, i think there’s been at least one of her songs on my mp3-player at all times.
one week ago, she held a concert in innsbruck, so after more than 8 years of listening to her music, i had a chance to hear her perform live.
i was blasted away, and so were my friends and the rest of the audience. the ovations wouldn’t stop even after two encores, so they played a third one. :)
vienna teng, ward williams and alex wong in concert
if you’ve never heard of her, i recommend going to her website and listening to a few of her songs online. i don’t think you’ll regret it.
recommended reading: there are posts about the european tour on vienna teng’s and ward williams’ blogs (he’s got a very …creative way of storytelling). nothing on austria yet, though.
[view photos: vienna teng concert in innsbruck]
got tickets to vienna teng’s concert at treibhaus (innsbruck, austria)
can’t wait for this month to end. :)
für landsleute: die sängerin vienna teng (“irgendwo zwischen folk und pop, mit ein bisschen klassik und jazz: das kind von chopin und sarah mclachlan –washington post”) kommt im rahmen ihrer europa-tour auch nach österreich (linz, wien, st. veit, und innsbruck (am 30.03. um 21:00, treibhaus)) und deutschland (hamburg – heute!, bremen, halle, köln, mainz, mannheim, münchen, kaiserslautern, marburg, karlsruhe und freiburg).
rechtzeitig karten sichern!
alle infos gibts unter viennateng.com/tour.
vienna teng’s new CD “inland territory” was (as mentioned before) released last friday.
due to an unfortunate coincidence it was the same day that i headed to germany and luxembourg with the choir.
in between lots of touring, singing and eating, i was eventually able to get her CD at jörg’s cd forum in münster, germany [G], where i also found an entire vienna teng shelf sitting in the middle of the store, complete with a sampling station with all of her CDs and posters for her upcoming concert.
it’s an exciting week:
today i passed the last exam before the holidays, auditorium just went online,
AND vienna teng‘s new album, “inland territory” will finally be released tomorrow in europe. in the US, the release date is april 6, so we’re two months ahead over here. :-)
you can listen to a webstream of the entire album at skopemag.com.
update: unfortunately, the article and stream was removed. vienna teng twittered about it not being intended for the general public.
if i hadn’t been certain to get the album, the first 30 seconds of “the last snowfall” would definitely have won me over.
update #2: the full song “in another life” is available for streaming on vienna’s info page at treibhaus.at.
vienna teng is one of my favourite singer/songwriters.
if i’m not mistaken, this is her first official music video, and it was published on youtube yesterday.
her fourth album, titled inland territory will be released on february 6th in europe.
even better news for her european fans:
according to her tour calendar and agents, she will be performing in the netherlands, germany, austria (including innsbruck!) and italy this march.
vienna teng is singing at verve club in berlin/germany (she’s even bringing the string quartet!), and i’m stuck down here with intermediate exams and appointments i can’t reschedule…
the following lines, taken from vienna teng lyrics, are so deeply moving (for me, anyway) that they keep circling in my mind ever since i heard them:
he said: “go where you have to,
for i belong to you, until my dying day.”
so like a fool,
i believed him and i walked away
vienna teng – blue caravan
so i ask you to meet me tonight,
by the gardens we walk in the twilight,
the roses abound by your side,
i will hold you and let you decide.
vienna teng – abound
andreas sahar – abound (vienna teng covered it)
you’ve got a journey to make
there’s your horizon to chase
so go far beyond where we stand
no matter the distance
i’m holding your hand
vienna teng – harbor
i’m a little disturbed by how much these words, combined with vienna’s soundscapes, provoke in me.
besides, i’m so addicted to “blue caravan” that i hear marika’s chello when it’s totally silent around me.
that last paragraph was written in early april, when the webcast of her house concert was online…