Vienna Teng

Vienna Teng

"After New York I moved in at about the time when I started writing for the new album. Previously, I had always lived in San Francisco and was really curious how the new environment also influenced my music. The results are quite dramatic . These songs could arise only in a place like New York, with the extremes of crowds and isolation, relentless pace and overwhelming diversity. here one encounters at every turn to historical details LTo change the world and that can welcome a in the same breath and fear can be. I think much of this special atmosphere, has found its way into the songs of this album. Everything feels ambitious and urgently to, even in the quiet songs. I can see the impression of the subways as well as the skyscrapers in back . " (Vienna Teng)

With a grin Vienna Teng thinking about two years back when she tried to exist in Silicon Valley as a computer specialist. The time she says in retrospect, had proved to her that she was able to pretty much leave each computer crashes, the get their hands on. But strictly speaking, they are not meant to do in this business career. Although there was the study of computer science at Stanford University, she had successfully completed in 2000, and a promise to the parents, but to try it at least in a real job. but your future dreams turned to other things. During her studies she had already sung at the Stanford Harmonics, an a cappella group at the University, and also made a couple of shots in our own studio, which they distributed on campus around fellow. These were all still a little awkward beginnings, but fOr Vienna Teng they underpinned the plan one day to try their luck as a musician.

And quite as innocent of their artistic development, as it may seem, the parents were then not. "For the first few moments, which I remember Ever, were the evenings when my father sat with his guitar on my bed, and I sang lullabies. This has influenced me, "says the artist in retrospect. And otherwise there was at home listening to a lot of music and discover. Vienna Teng, born in 1978 as Cynthia Yih Shih in Saratoga, California, comes from a Taiwanese immigrant family with Chinese roots. was sung a lot, on the record shelves were found Simon Garfunkel and James Taylor as well as European classical music and Mandarin Pop sixties. "I can not tell exactly where my roots are, which is highly dependent on the particular song that I write. But when I presented, for example, my parents the first own songs, they always thought: 'Where's the melody?' or 'That's a beautiful melody!'. This certainly has to do with the tradition in Taiwan and China. And it has stayed with me as a basic idea of ​​my pieces. I pay attention to this day first in the melody ".

Music makes Vienna Teng since the age of five, piano lessons had to in the teen years. The singing lessons she quickly gave up because they did not feel like a bunch of dollars to pay for it, that you say, someone that they do everything wrong. So she remained self-taught, wrote as a child, the first song and was even a new name: "When I played some rock stuff and childish resolution was passed, even to become a star, I wanted to have a stage name. So I came to Vienna Teng, 'Vienna' as a tribute to the city of Vienna, which I always fabulously imagined as the home of Mozart and Beethoven. When I was really there recently again, however, I have found that Vienna is quite different from what I had imagined. Pleased it was still "me. The connection in the name to Teresa Teng, the popular Chinese singer of the eighties, but is random, even if you were their songs quite familiar.

And your career? It began shortly after Vienna Teng had hung her job at the computer company on the nail. Even 2002, the newcomer released their debut album "Walking Hour", which already met with enough benevolent response to her in the following year "Late Show" bring an invitation to David Letterman, a surreal looking back event that you now hardly notice occurs. Vienna Teng's popularity anyway rose steadily. In 2004, finally followed "Warm Strangers," which they already brought into the Billboard division charts (Top Heatseekers and Top Independent Albums and Top Internet Albums), almost two years ago, the acclaimed song album "Dreaming Through The Noise" (2007). The singer with the lyrical clear voice was invited to concerts of colleagues such as Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Patty Griffin, Joan Baez or the Indigo Girls to open up and went himself diligently on tour. She managed the leap into the musical independence, because their songs touch people: "I am fortunate to have a loyal audience. It has confidence in me is curious about my songs and bears with me while I tell Meaningful ".

People like Vienna Teng, because their songs do not need clichés to take effect. On the contrary, since one and a half years living in New York singer loves the variety of influences that it accepts from everywhere and made into Bathroom Private. That was on "Dreaming Through The Noise" so and with "Inland Territory" more clearly. "Originally, the album was conceived as three EPs, each with a different theme and a slightly different sound. The 'pop EP' was about personal relationships and had a more classical instrumentation. The 'rock EP "dealt with various geopolitical scenarios and was more dominated by electric guitars and dissonant sounds. The 'folk EP' finally recorded predominantly live in a church and a room in an old house in San Francisco and contained songs I could think when I busied myself with my family. but an album was then from the end and I found that all three parts runs through a common theme. It is about a fundamental gratitude. With this music I understood how I am and what actually favors fOr responsibility this grows that I am so happy. "

Keyword responsibility. It is an important point in Vienna Teng's life and artistic life. In November 2008, as it was several weeks in Argentina go to volunteer to support the non-profit organization "Habitat for Humanity", which campaigns for a decent accommodation and the poorest worldwide. Vienna Teng believes it has a responsibility, in life as in her art. This also characterizes some of their new songs: "I am not among those who point the finger at other people, but see myself more in the middle. The song 'Radio', for example, deals with the Middle East conflict and how easy it is, all this witness from a safe distance in California. I tried to imagine the situation on the ground, to show different perspectives. In the middle of the song, therefore, sounds, one by zapping as if on a radio stations. FOr 'Oh Gringo', a song about the illegal immigration at the Mexican-American border, I have to sing spanish, specially learned the grammar and pronunciation, so as not to embarrass myself. FOr songs like 'Augustine' and 'St. Stephen's Cross' I researched the Christian texts and fOr me explained 'In Another Life' with the Chinese Cultural Revolution and reports about mining accidents ".

Vienna Teng thinks himself into other people and fates, reflects family, relationships, ultimately their existence. It is a pragmatic philosopher, her voice, telling stories, not complaining or accusing, but clearly position rises referring. This makes "Inland Territory" to a personal, moving album that stands out clearly and claim the pop music everyday. And above all, she sings with moving natural voice and makes fascinating multicolored music. "My songs are initially only a stencil which I then gradually with sounds abundance. In 'Inland Territory' I learned a lot from Alex Wong in this regard, an old friend, wonderful drummer and bandmate. I wanted it necessarily coproduzieren and he has since opened my eyes in many ways ". So was "Inland Territory" an amazingly complex, honest album, directly in the action and at the same time by the casual complex arrangements full of small musical surprises. It continues Vienna Teng's development so far, in a direction that takes them determined in the pantheon of great American songwriting.

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