Vienna Teng is one multi-talented lady. First, she earned a degree in computer science from no less than Stanford University and used all that knowledge working for a couple years at one of the leading tech companies in the world. As impressive as that is for most of us, Ms. Teng knew she had other talents to share. She began playing piano at five years old and by her teenage years was composing songs that just wouldn't leave her head despite successfully entering the high tech world during the boom times early in this decade.
At first Vienna wrote and played after work, but soon gave up the corporate life to be with her piano and music full time. The move paid off. Since releasing her first record in 2002 (Waking Hour, Virt Records), Vienna has toured much of the world as both a solo headliner and sharing the stage with the likes of Joan Baez, Duncan Sheik and Shawn Colvin. Beyond concert halls, Vienna has peformed on David Letterman, NPR, the CBS Early Show and many others.
In 2006, Vienna signed with Zoe/Rounder Records and released Dreaming Through The Noise. Produced by Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell), the record received much acclaim. The songs on Dreaming highlight Vienna's stellar piano playing and strong songwriting skills. "City Hall", performed below for the Sun Studio Sessions, is emblematic of both. Vienna is joined by Alex Wong on percussion, a longtime touring companion who also came to Sun with Amber Rubarth, and Jenni Alpert on backing vocals. Please watch and enjoy!