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Get ready to download Vienna Teng, Vail Valley

Kris SabelVail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado -OK, my message this week is pretty simple, Vail Valley: Come see Vienna Teng, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Period. “But I don’t know who Vienna Teng is” you say, and I say “come and see her, because you don’t know who she is.” I promise you will find the evening well worth your time, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.My guess is that you will be buying her albums at the event or downloading them on iTunes after the show, and she will become one of your favorite new artists. For those of you who need more information to make this decision, Vienna Teng is a 31-year-old pianist/singer-songwriter. When asked who her influences are she answered: “My parents’ record collection: Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, Mozart and Beethoven, 60s Mandarin pop. Later on, pianist-songwriters: Elton John, Billy Joel, Tori Amos.” And when asked how to characterize her music she said: “Oh man, I don’t know. I’ve taken to saying ‘chamber folk’ or ‘singer-songwriter’ most of the time. And ‘somewhere between folk and pop, with a bit of classical and jazz,’ if people look confused after that.” Personally I find it equally hard to characterize her work. I can tell you that I fell in love with it the moment I heard it. Sometimes I find it easiest to compare an artist with other artists as a starting place until you can hear her and make your own decision. So if you like Norah Jones, Tori Amos, Natalie Merchant and Sarah McLaughlin, I feel confident you will like Vienna Teng. Knowing who she has performed with might also help you understand what kind of artists she is. She has opened for Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Sarah Harmer, Marc Cohn, Madeleine Peyroux and co-headlined with Duncan Sheik. She is the headliner for this tour and appearing with her is percussionist Alex Wong. The evening features performances on an array of instruments along with looping pedals and effects-but no pre-recorded tracks of any kind. The duo veers from intimate to epic and back again, showcasing their love for an ever-widening range of genres: folk, pop, classical, jazz, country, even atonal modern music.Visit our Web site http://www.vilarpac.org where you can listen to her and watch her videos. I feel confident you will be immediately captivated by her voice, lyrics and stage presence. The concert is the second in our songwriter’s series celebrating locals and the off-season. Tickets are $25. I hope you will come out and experience this wonderful performance.


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