Vienna Teng was in Star Tribune Big Gigs! ”Always an egghead, Stanford grad Vienna Teng, 35, starting working on “Aims,” her first album in four years, while in grad school at the University of Michigan studying sustainability. The old introspective piano popster is now an ambitious musicmaker who makes pretty, passionate electronic music with cascading choirs and sings about such big topics as the Occupy movement. She will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalists Alex Wong and Jordan Hamlin.”
With Special Guests Barnaby Bright
About Vienna Teng
Vienna Teng has been playing piano all her life. But it was a series of unlikely events that led to her pursuit of music as a career. Her synthesis of folk, pop and classical influences has garnered national acclaim and a strong fan base.
Born in California, Teng began playing piano at age 5, learning classical technique but also composing original music. It wasn’t until she got to Stanford University that she began performing and recording, and she continued to do so even after graduating with a computer science degree. While working as a software engineer, she signed with a local record company and made music her full-time job.
Teng came to the national spotlight via National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition in January 2003, followed shortly thereafter by CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman. She has since made appearances on the CBS Saturday Early Show, CNN’s NewsNight with Aaron Brown and The Wayne Brady Show, and opened concerts for Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, India.Arie, Brandi Carlile, Sarah Harmer and Marc Cohn.
Teng’s fifth studio album, Aims, is due out in Fall 2013.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Teng’s vocals occupy the spotlight, melding an alto timbre with the careful, articulate delivery of a poetry grad.” – Paste Magazine
“By just moving her styles and sounds around slightly, Vienna is able to keep everything fresh whilst not alienating her core fans by being stale.” – Higher Plain Music
“Her voice, which never needed any work, is as mesmerizing as ever.” – Red Alert
About Barnaby Bright
Nathan and Rebecca Bliss, the voices and the brains behind Barnaby Bright, are truly the modern day traveling troubadours, averaging roughly 200 shows and 40,000 miles traveled a year. You can find them on streets as far away as London or Amsterdam, and as remote as St. Paris, Ohio, toting their massive haul of instruments…multiple guitars, harmonium, banjo, ukulele, floorboard bass, thumb pianos and keyboards. Because of the great number of shows they’ve played in their world travels, as well as their unique instrumentation, powerful harmonies and thought-provoking, connective lyrics, this duo has mastered the original goal they set out to attain: to create a sacred, magical space for their audiences…a momentary escape from the outside world.
Grand prize winners of the NY Song Circle competition, Barnaby Bright’s music has been featured on national television to soundtrack heavy moments on shows such as ‘ER’ and ‘Days of our Lives.’ They continue touring in support of their brand new full length record, “The Longest Day,” gracing such notable venues as Lincoln Center and NPR’s “Mountain Stage” in West Virginia, and sharing stages with the likes of the Lumineers and Norah Jones.