Category Archives: General

  1. new holiday items

    I love the power of language, both written and spoken—and from what I’ve gathered, words matter to you too. Here are two word-centric new items in the online store this holiday season: Lyric Note Cards. I’ve handwritten the lyrics of “The Atheist Christmas Carol” and “The Last Snowfall” in fir tree and snowflake shapes, respectively, […]

    December 4, 2012Categories: GeneralComments Off
  2. The Fourth Messenger premiere

    For the past several years, I’ve been collaborating with playwright Tanya Shaffer on a new musical theatre project, a re-imagining of the life of the Buddha as a woman in contemporary times. Thanks to your generous support of our fundraising campaign, our labor of love is set to premiere in February! Tickets just went on […]

    December 4, 2012Categories: GeneralComments Off
  3. personalized live album book to support Kiva

    As winter semester kicks off at school, I’ll be looking for new ways to procrastinate on job interview prep and schoolwork. What better way than to scribble notes to you and your friends—and support a smart nonprofit at the same time? Through the end of January, the good people at Port Merchandise will be taking […]

    December 29, 2011Categories: GeneralComments Off
  4. Dreaming Through the Noise songbook pre-order

    David Beattie’s done it again! After months of painstaking work, he’s completed the piano songbook for Dreaming Through the Noise. This was a particularly challenging one, since I wrote this collection of songs with ensemble rather than solo piano in mind; this book showcases David’s arrangement talents as well as his keen transcribing ear. Hope […]

    December 29, 2011Categories: GeneralComments Off
  5. help bring a new musical to the stage!

    I write to you from snowy Michigan, with thoughts of comfort and joy and a partridge in a pear tree—and a humble plea for your help. In brief: * I’ve written a musical! * It’s a collaboration with award-winning playwright Tanya Shaffer, along with many other brilliant, hard-working people in theater. * Now we’re raising […]

    December 14, 2011Categories: GeneralComments Off
  6. new videos

    A few multimedia clips that might interest you: The talk/performance I gave at TEDxBoulder 2010. Theme of the night was "Truth and Beauty." Not sure if I stuck to that, but it was a wonderful evening to be part of, and I’m glad they let me on stage in bare feet. A lovely, subtly emotional […]

    September 13, 2011Categories: GeneralComments Off
  7. a song in one day: Dubway Days on Breakthru Radio

    Last summer I got to reunite with fellow songwriter Ben Arthur (from the 2004 Modern Troubadours tour) and the excellent crew at Dubway Studios (where we recorded part of Inland Territory), to make the premiere episode of Dubway Days, their brand-new video series on the creative process. The premise was to write, arrange and record […]

    March 8, 2011Categories: GeneralComments Off
  8. cover song on Kerrigan-Lowdermilk album

    Last summer I got to meet up with musical theatre composers Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, to work on a re-interpretation of a song from their show The Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown. It’s now the opening track on their new album, Our First Mistake. You can listen to “Say The Word” and other songs […]

    March 8, 2011Categories: GeneralComments Off
  9. Warm Strangers songbook is out!

    David Beattie has produced another masterpiece of meticulousness. Seriously…his emails of editing notes are pages and pages long. He’s pored over the most minute details of my piano-playing (much to my chagrin), and produced transcriptions that are somehow both faithful to the recordings and a lot more structured than my sometimes rambling arrangements. He’s included […]

    January 22, 2011Categories: GeneralComments Off
  10. Inland Territory Wins I.M.A. Vox Populi Award

    A huge thank you to all of you who voted in the Independent Music Awards Vox Populi–you’ve made Inland Territory the Best Singer-Songwriter Album of 2009! Do check out the other winners and nominees–many artists doing remarkable things. We’re glad to be in their company.

    August 3, 2010Categories: GeneralComments Off
  11. video of session at Paste Magazine

    Vienna and Alex stopped by Paste Magazine back in February before their Atlanta show to record a live session. The videos are now available to watch, including “Stray Italian Greyhound,” “Antebellum,” “Augustine,” and their cover of “Idioteque” by Radiohead. P.S. While you’re on Paste‘s site, check out Alex’s other project, The Paper Raincoat! Their entire […]

    May 6, 2010Categories: General, Media AppearancesComments Off
  12. finalist in The Indie Acoustic Project’s “Best CDs of 2009″ Awards

    Inland Territory is among the final 36 CDs chosen for The Indie Acoustic Project’s “Best CDs of 2009″ Awards. The album landed one of only three slots available in the Singer-Songwriter–Female category. Winners in each category will be announced by April 30. The Indie Acoustic Project is dedicated to giving recognition to independently produced, outstanding […]

    April 11, 2010Categories: GeneralComments Off
  13. new videos: Cayamo ’09, making of Inland Territory

    Somehow in the midst of touring and producing records, Alex has also taken on documentarian duties. He’s been releasing videos from last year’s tour as well as the Inland Territory sessions–check ‘em out! You can watch these videos on Alex’s new website,, or on YouTube: The Making of “Antebellum” The Making of “In Another […]

    February 4, 2010Categories: General, TouringComments Off
  14. submit artwork for live album special edition!

    Calling all visual artists: if you’ve created artwork based on one of our live performances, we’d love to see it–and put it in the special edition of the live album! We’ve gotten to see some beautiful pencil sketches, watercolors, pastel portraits after shows (and some pretty great pen-and-napkin cartoons too). We’d love to showcase your […]

    February 4, 2010Categories: GeneralComments Off
  15. New York Sings For Haiti

    We played not one but two nights at City Winery in January, the second night as part of a marathon benefit concert for Haiti relief. It was an incredible lineup with a lot of collaborative spirit: imagine Ari Hest, The Paper Raincoat, The Spring Standards and dozens of other fabulous New York musicians playing and […]

    February 4, 2010Categories: GeneralComments Off
  16. Inland Territory nominated for 2009 Independent Music Award

    Vienna’s latest album Inland Territory has been nominated in the Independent Music Awards for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album! Almost as exciting is the press release mention of Vienna among the “established talent” who “follow their own muse”: Cursive, Ra Ra Riot, Spinnerette, Vienna Teng and The Flatlanders Among Nominees of The 9th Independent Music Awards December […]

    December 18, 2009Categories: GeneralComments Off
  17. promote a show, collect a commission

    We’ve just announced a partnership with Posse, a peer-to-peer ticketing service that rewards you for promoting your favorite live music. For every ticket you convince someone to buy, you get a commission ($1 – 5) that comes out of the venue’s marketing budget. Get your friends to join you at a show, and it could […]

    October 1, 2009Categories: GeneralComments Off
  18. online Q&A Saturday, August 15

    It’s that time again! Bring your queries, silly or serious, and I’ll do my best to answer. To make up for last year’s radio silence, I offer you not one but two flavors: Fast: This Saturday evening I’ll be on Twitter, using ‘@’ a lot and aiming for snappy 140-character responses to your questions. Likely […]

    August 13, 2009Categories: GeneralComments Off
  19. new album in progress

    Vienna is in the studio recording her fourth album. Read updates in the scrapbook, or follow her in real time by subscribing to her Twitter feed. Update: Check out some photos and a short video montage of the string sessions on Eric Cheng’s web journal!

    June 28, 2008Categories: GeneralComments Off
  20. Online Q&A with Vienna, 2007 Edition

    After tour dates in Europe and throughout the U.S. this year, Vienna’s finally taking a break from the road and doing her annual Q&A on the forum. It’s open to the public for reading; to post a comment or question you’ll have to register (if you haven’t already). Happy holidays!

    December 5, 2007Categories: General1 comment
  21. recognition of “City Hall”

    “City Hall” has won an Honorable Mention in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter category of the 2006 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). The song received this distinction out of almost 15,000 entries from 88 countries throughout the world.

    March 29, 2007Categories: GeneralComments Off
  22. Vienna launches the Green Caravan Tour

    We’re thrilled to announce the first-ever Green Caravan Tour! This spring, Vienna will be headlining shows across the country. But that’s just part of what she and the band will be up to. Also on the itinerary: working with Habitat For Humanity on days off, reducing the tour’s environmental impact on the road and backstage, […]

    March 5, 2007Categories: General, TouringComments Off
  23. We have a winner!

    Congratulations to C. Weill from Lafayette, Louisiana, who wins the trip to the Jan. 21st DVD taping! We had an incredibly hard time with this—in all we received 80 entries, many of them beautifully written and with remarkable stories to tell, and a handful that made us laugh out loud (in a good way). From […]

    December 15, 2006Categories: GeneralComments Off
  24. Online Q&A with Vienna

    It’s become an annual tradition: for the next few weeks Vienna will be hanging out on the forum, answering questions and probably asking a few of her own. You’ll need to register to post a question or comment. Have fun!

    December 12, 2006Categories: GeneralComments Off
  25. Win a trip to the Jan 21st DVD taping, including airfare!

    We’re giving away one VIP Package and roundtrip airfare for two people (courtesy of Vienna’s frequent-flyer miles) to the January 21st DVD taping in Philadelphia! To enter, send an email to “contest at viennateng dot com” with the following: A short “essay” about a memory you associate with one of Vienna’s songs, albums, concerts, or […]

    November 22, 2006Categories: GeneralComments Off