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|1. Feather Moon|
|3. Hope on Fire|
|5. Mission Street|
|6. My Medea|
|7. Shasta (Carrie's Song)|
|8. Homecoming (Walter's Song)|
|9. Anna Rose|
|11. The Atheist Christmas Carol|
|12. [Untitled Hidden Track]|
By the time San Francisco-based singer/songwriter/pianist Vienna Teng, 26, quit her full-time software engineering job at Cisco Systems in 2002, she had signed with independent label Virt Records and was preparing for her full-length CD release, "Waking Hour." She was soon opening for such artists as Shawn Colvin and Joan Osborne. With her graceful melodies and evocative lyrics, Vienna has garnered critical acclaim and a rapidly growing legion of fans throughout the world. Her days are now filled with interviews and sold-out performances. Needless to say, it has been an abrupt shift from her cubicle days.
Vienna began taking piano lessons at age 5, studying classical composers like Bach and Chopin. Far from being pressured into studying music, however, Vienna asked for piano lessons on her own. While she delved fully into classical works, leading her to even take on the name of Vienna after the Austrian city of composers, she was drawn more to the act of improvisation, and in expressing the ideas that were emerging in her own imagination. She wrote her first song at age 6, and had an albums worth of instrumentals composed by age 16.
Vienna has returned with her sophomore release, "Warm Strangers," a diverse collection of lush, melodic songs, incorporating Vienna's classical background and folk sensibilities within a contemporary pop framework. Whereas "Waking Hour," written during the high school and college years, was mostly autobiographical, "Warm Strangers" marks Vienna's bold leap into fiction. Orchestral and acoustic landscapes, using everything from string quartets to slide guitars, provide an inviting sonic backdrop for her short stories of love, death, struggle and hope. In describing "Warm Strangers," Vienna notes, "We pass through each other's lives so briefly that it's easy to think of the people around us as mere objects, cold and removed. Writing songs is my way of breathing warmth into them. Attempting to tell their stories, however fictitious the results, reminds me of our common humanity."
Vienna Teng has a haunting, clear, beautiful voice. Her piano playing is phenomenal and her arrangements are stellar. This is an amazing album. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2005
Vienna Teng's first album (Waking Hour) floored me with its breadth of musical expression and mature lyrics. Read morePublished on July 3 2004 by Matthew A. Salchert
if you like her, check out the band Copeland. both equally wonderfulPublished on June 5 2004 by Evan Adams
i had the chance to hear her live recently and since i've been hooked. she's a wonderful, talented musician with a bright future. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Evan Adams
This is an exquisite album. Vienna's talent as a pianist shines in this CD, as well as her ability to paint vivid pictures in the minds of her listeners with her thoughtful... Read morePublished on April 25 2004 by T. Graham
If you like artists like Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan, you will not be disappointed. Vienna is a tremendously proficient composer/musician/vocalist/performer. Read morePublished on April 10 2004
One Sunday morning about a month ago I heard Liane Hansen interview a young singer on NPR's Weekend Edition. Read morePublished on April 7 2004
Vienna Teng has played piano since she was 5, her parents say she sang before she talked. That kind of love of music is embodied in every one of these songs. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Anne La Mont