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Tuesday Tune: “Lullaby For a Stormy Night” by Vienna Teng

May 14, 2013

Today’s Tuesday Tune is “Lullaby For a Stormy Night” by acclaimed pianist Vienna Teng. The singer/songwriter performs Saturday, July 20, in McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.

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Reaching the national spotlight at the end of 2002, Teng had been an important part of the California singer/songwriter scene for a few years before then. A pianist since age 5, Teng took piano lessons before moving on to improvisation. Writing feverishly throughout her youth, she eventually had a full album’s worth of instrumentals by 16. She released an EP while going to Stanford and recorded most of Waking Hour before she graduated.

Comprised of many intimate songs that detailed the issues of a young adult, her music fell between the up-tempo approach of Ben Folds and the theatrical chamber pop of Rufus Wainwright. She followed up with the matured and critically acclaimed effort Warm Strangers, which charted on three Billboard charts.

Three years after stepping away from a full-time music career to attend graduate school in 2010, Teng returned to the studio with a new sound, a new producer, and a new approach to songwriting and recording. What’s emerging from that process is her most up-tempo, pop-influenced album yet — and full of surprises, even to its creators.

Before the September release of her fifth studio album, Teng returns to Charlotte for the first time in four years and makes her debut at the McGlohon Theater with special guest Alex Wong.  CLICK HERE for more information.

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