Caffe Lena to Host Classically Trained Singer-Songwriter, Vienna Teng, Sept. 29th-Oct. 1st
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Starting on Sept. 29th, singer/songwriter, Vienna Teng, is set to grace the Caffe Lena stage with her undeniable talent for three consecutive nights! Teng, a classically trained pianist who composes in a dazzling, cinematic style she likes to call chamber-folk, is sure to light up the stage.
In 2002, Teng released her debut album Waking Hour, landing her on NPR’s Weekend Edition, The Late Show with David Letterman, and the top of Amazon’s music charts. Four more albums followed, most recently Aims in 2013, as well as the music for The Fourth Messenger by playwright Tanya Shaffer. Together with Teng’s captivating live performances and thoughtful online presence, her work has built a devoted following across generations and continents.
Still, other pursuits have always beckoned. Vienna returned to academia in 2010 to study environmental sustainability, which led to a new career working on climate change, energy and waste issues. She also became a bonus parent to her partner’s two kids, and in early 2020 welcomed a new addition of her own to the family.
“I learned a lot about what it means to hold two truths in your head at the same time, as the saying goes,” Vienna says of that period. Out of that idea emerged some of the most intricate and impassioned songwriting she’s ever done: a pair of songs called “We’ve Got You,” about leading and leaning on one’s community. When she performs it on stage – solo, live-looping her voice, keyboards and percussion to layer the two songs together – the audience response is electric. “We’ve Got You” also marks a new chapter of merging her musical and environmental vocations. In 2022, she launched a “music x climate action” community on Patreon, combining monthly livestream shows with Zoom climate action sessions, and hosting workshops between concerts that participants have described as “life-changing,” “rocket fuel,” and “the perfect antidote to despair”.
Performances on Sept. 29th and Sept. 30th start at 8:00 pm, while the performance on Oct. 1st begins at 7:00 pm. Doors open a half hour prior to show time. Tickets are $35.00 for general admission, $32.00 for members, and $10.00 for students and children. For those that wish to catch the performances via livestream, they may do so by purchasing access for $5.00. Purchase yours at the respective links below:
Sept. 29th | Sept. 30th | Oct. 1st