Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. -- Charles Mingus

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Vienna Teng

I was fortunate enough to see singer, songwriter, pianist Vienna Teng in concert last week at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall.  I've long been a fan, and was delighted to get the chance to see her perform.

This was a solo performance, with just her, a grand piano and assorted electronic gizmos -- a sampler and harmonizer, I think.  It was quite an intimate set up, and the concert hall was probably not the best venue to see this kind of show.  Vienna Teng did an excellent job of shrinking the space to feel a lot less impersonal than it might have been (its not that I dislike the space, but I think that it is more suited to a full orchestra, or large scale performance).

Vienna Teng performed most of her "hits" including some songs from her album "Aims" which have a full band in the original.  Audience members wrote requests on slips of paper, which Vienna Teng drew from a bucket and performed.  She has a pretty large repertoire by now, and this was a fun touch.

She invited audience members up to sing along with  "Soon Love Soon" and had quite an impromptu choir to perform with.

I came away impressed by every aspect of the performance.  If you get a chance to see her perform, do so.  But until then go out and buy an album or two.