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February 4, 2004
Vienna is the first artist ever to be selected as Tower Records' Artist of the Month
Check it out!
December 24, 2003
If you misssed it when CNN's
NewsNight with Aaron Brown
aired a segment featuring Vienna back in March, all is not lost! CNN will be
re-broadcasting the segment at 10 pm EST on both December 25 and January 1.
So don't miss it this time!
And best wishes on your wintertime (secular, non-secular, or otherwise)
holidays of choice from the ViennaTeng.com crew!
August 19, 2003
July 22, 2003
Vienna is busy recording her sophomore studio album with producer and
friend David Henry. In her latest
journal entry from Nashville
she gives you a peek behind the scenes, complete with photos!
Despite the massive undertaking that is the creation of an album,
Vienna's still managed to find time this summer to hit the road with
Shawn Colvin! Visit the
shows page to see if they'll be in your
neck of the woods!
April 8, 2003
Vienna's East Coast Tour
is being beautifully documented in
photos and prose by Adam Tow. Check
show at The Cutting Room in NYC, see her hang
out with Mercersburg Academy students, and battle
the elements in Philadelphia.
April 2, 2003
Waking Hour will be available at
Virgin Megastores across the
US this month!
March 28, 2003
Be sure to check out the new and improved forum!
Have a cuppa joe, sit back, and chat for a while. You can also jump
right to the forums via the url http://forums.viennateng.com.
March 12, 2003
Vienna is one of just 3 artists featured as Tower Records' Artists
of the Month for March. Waking Hour is also being prominently
displayed at all Barnes & Noble locations, where it is on
sale through the end of April.
February 21, 2003
Vienna will be on tour starting Monday, February 24, and will be
on the road for pretty much all of spring 2003. Is she coming to
your town? Be sure to check the calendar
for the up-to-date tour schedule!
February-March: Southwest Tour
(CA, AZ, NM, TX)
March-April: East Coast Tour
(MA, CT, RI, NY, DC, NC, GA, TN)
May: West Coast Tour (CA, OR, WA)
May: Upper Midwest Tour (MN, WI, MI, IL, IN)
February 17, 2003
A crew from CNN's NewsNight
with Aaron Brown followed Vienna around this past weekend, which
included another record-setting in-store performance at Borders
in Palo Alto. (Adam Tow, as usual, has some great
photos of the event.) She also showed 'em around her home office,
brought them along to a recording session, even took them to CCRMA
at Stanford to see where Waking Hour was made.
Tentative air date is sometime in mid-March. We'll post it here
as soon as we know.
January 17, 2003
Yes, that Late Show with David Letterman.
Tune in on Monday night, January 20 at 11:30 ET/PT to catch Vienna's
performance! This is a moment not to be missed.
In other news, Waking Hour shot up to #5 at Amazon.com after the NPR profile, and remains
high in the rankings there. And on Wednesday night (January 15),
The Tower was played during a scene on the NBC sitcom Ed! It's been quite a week. Congratulations
to the hardworking people at Virt Records (and Endurance Music, who got the deal for
Ed) for making this possible!
January 12, 2003
This is seriously cool stuff. Vienna was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition
with Liane Hansen! You can listen to the broadcast in the NPR archive.
December 4, 2002
Waking Hour is now a featured title at all Tower Records
locations throughout northern California. The album is on sale all
month long...just in time for the holidays!
November 13, 2002
Starting today, online independent CD store CDBaby will be featuring
Waking Hour on the front page of their website. If you feel
so inclined, you can also go straight to the Waking
November 10, 2002
Midway through Vienna's Sunday in-store performance, the Borders
Books & Music in downtown Palo Alto sold out of her CDs! Fortunately
she had another box on hand in her car, which the staff hurriedly
processed and put out on the shelves...where they nearly sold out
again. That's more than 50 copies sold in the first week. Many thanks
for the amazing support from you Stanford and Palo Alto fans!
November 7, 2002
Adam Tow lent his superb photojournalist skills to last night's
party at Hotel Utah Saloon in San Francisco. Thanks as always,
November 5, 2002
The Virt Records release of Waking Hour hit stores across the U.S.
today! Congratulations and thanks to the whole team at Virt for
working so hard to make this possible.
Hope those who pre-ordered the CD are enjoying the music. If you
placed a pre-order and have not received it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 14, 2002
November CD release shows are up! Check out the calendar.
Highlights include the Hotel Utah on Wednesday the 6th, featuring
three other stars of the open mic scene, a special afternoon show
on Saturdary the 9th at the San Francisco Main Library's Koret Auditorium!
September 10, 2002
The Virt Records release of Waking Hour, with new arrangements
and artwork, is set for November 5, 2002. Pre-orders of the CD are
now available on Virt's
Also check out the new MP3s in the download
section, including the new arrangement of Gravity!
July 14, 2002
Upon signing with Virt Records, Vienna expressed an interest in
re-recording some of the songs on Waking Hour before re-releasing
the CD under the new label. After meeting with several producers,
she chose Nashville-based David Henry, best known for his work with
the Cowboy Junkies, Yo La Tengo, Guster and Josh Rouse. She'll be
flying to Tennessee to spend a week in the studio, and you'll hear
the results on the new release of Waking Hour. Wish her luck!
May 28, 2002
Yes, ladies and gents, it's happened.
Almost exactly one year after the first release of Waking Hour
to the world, Vienna's signed a contract with Virt Records, a new
independent label based in Brighton, Massachusetts. First item on
the agenda is to re-release Waking Hour to a wider audience, with
a few songs on the CD remixed for radio. Then, on to the sophomore
album! Tours and other promotional events may be in the works as
well. Stay tuned for updates.
For more information about Virt Records, visit their website. From Virt's "About Us" page:
"Virt aims to provide a truly artist-friendly environment and
platform, by entering into partnerships with each artist and working
in a collaborative manner. Virt was founded on the belief that with
the consolidation and shorter-term mentality of the major labels
and the growth of the Internet, increased opportunities are likely
to emerge for such artist-friendly independent labels. Virt looks
to align itself with amazingly talented musicians possessing a strong
work ethic and to mount active, creative, and innovative promotional
campaigns, both offline and online, on behalf of its artists and
releases. By capitalizing on a far smaller release schedule than
major labels, Virt has the ability to treat each and every artist's
release as a priority."
Now, the really important news...the first run of Waking is almost
sold out, and the second run won't be released until late this year.
So if you want a copy of the original CD (soon to be a rarity, you
know...*wink*), better get it soon!
There are 11 copies left in stock at CDBaby, plus a handful in Vienna's
possession to sell through this website or at live shows. After the first-run
supply is gone, she'll be taking pre-orders for the Virt Records
And, to celebrate her arrival at this most happy milestone,
Vienna'll be posting lyrics of new songs in the songscraps section of the website,
as well as some new sound clips, over the next few weeks.
A note from Vienna:
As always...many, many thanks to everyone who's helped, advised,
encouraged, listened, and shared stories with me over the past year.
It's been an amazing journey so far, and you -- yes, you -- have
made this little dream of a life of mine possible. Here's to the
February 8, 2002
Another free download from Waking Hour..."Between" is now
a showcase song on AdoptABand.com.
And there's a virtual tip jar (via PayPal), so you can show your
love without going all-out with a CD purchase. Enjoy!
January 28, 2002
Sorry for the late newsbreak...Eric Cheng took some great photos
of the January 17 full-band show at The Canvas. Thanks, Eric!
January 16, 2002
Waking Hour is on CDBaby's current bestseller list! Not sure
when it first appeared there (it's a rolling tally of the past seven
days' sales), but it's been there about a week since we discovered
it. Thanks to everyone who's bought the CD recently! (Would it be
too shameless to say "And let's try to keep it on that list"?)
November 27, 2001
Waking Hour is now for sale at online music store CDBaby.
Autographed copies are still being sold from this website. Check
the ordering page for details.
October 22, 2001
Waking Hour sales have completely paid off the production,
mastering and manufacturing costs of making the album -- with funds
left over to pay for the hosting of this website through April of
next year! Awww yeah.
Our immense gratitude goes to those of you out there who bought
copies and made this possible. You all rock our world.
October 20, 2001
Visit the photos page and
check out new pics from a September photo shoot and various live
shows. Many thanks to Adam Tow and Eric Cheng for their marvelous
September 22, 2001
Just thought we'd mention that all proceeds from CD sales for the
remainder of this month are going to the Red
Cross (as are all the tips Vienna's collecting at shows). Our
hearts go out to those who lost someone close to them in last Tuesday's
attacks, and we hope that something good and lasting will come out
of the struggles ahead.
It's been a hard two weeks. Hugs to all of you out there...
July 23, 2001
Ah, the joy of having online photojournalists for friends. Eric
Cheng and Adam
Tow have both posted coverage of last Saturday's house concert
on their respective websites. Thanks, guys!
June 27, 2001
Vienna's been out looking for gigs again, and her summer schedule
is filling up quickly. Take a look at the shows
page -- hopefully there's a date you can make if you're in the area!
June 14, 2001
The multitalented and very cyber-present Adam Tow has assembled
journal from the June 3rd release party for Waking Hour.
Thanks for the photos and the free publicity, Adam!
May 28, 2001
Yes folks, that long-awaited moment has arrived! Sorry for the
delay, and thanks for your patience.
We've set up ways to order the album by
Visa or Mastercard as well as by
check if you wish. There are also sound clips in the discography
and (as mentioned in the last news item) streaming mp3s on the MP3.com
Thanks again and enjoy!
April 14, 2001
With the album release close at hand, we've put the tracks (in
their entirety -- none of this teaser-sound-clip business) on MP3.com
for streaming. Just click on "Lo Fi Play" if you've got a slow connection
or "Hi Fi Play" if you have a fast one. Note that even the "Hi Fi"
mp3s were actually encoded at a pretty low bitrate (64 kbps), so
while they should give you a good idea of what the album sounds
like, they're no substitute for the real thing. The final versions
of The Tower and Gravity are also available as high-quality (128
kbps) downloads, as they are here.
We'll be sure to post an update when we have those shrink-wrapped
jewel cases in our eager hands...
March 20, 2001
Vienna's snagged a few gigs from her visits to open mics in the
past couple of weeks. See the new shows
March 16, 2001
Mastering of the audio tracks is finished (a few weeks' delay back
there when we sent Between back to be redone), and we've approved
a preliminary proof of the artwork films. It never ceases to amaze
us how many steps there are in the process, and how slowly it seems
to go...but things are happening, fear not, and we'll set up the
order forms here on the website once the manufacturer says it's
got the presses rolling.
On the live side, after several weeks of attempting to assemble
a band, Vienna decided that it's best to go the solo route for now,
playing open mics and such. We'll add a page of upcoming shows soon.
February 1, 2001
Following the Law of Things Being Tried For The First Time, finalizing
the album artwork took about six times as long as anticipated, but
it's finally mailed off to the manufacturer. We now know more about
CMYK conversion than we ever really wanted to know (which still
isn't nearly enough). The audio is still in mastering, but now we
can dust off our hands and just wait. Eric is taking a well-deserved
break from album-related affairs, and Vienna can focus on getting
her live act put together. More news as it comes in...
January 9, 2001
The audio files of Waking Hour are in a U.S. Priority Mail
envelope on their way to the mastering facility. Woohoo! The initial
design and layout of the album artwork are also finished -- pretty
much all that's left is to re-scan the photos at a higher resolution
and place them just so, and then we're good to go to the manufacturing
plant. Check back in a few weeks for another update.
November 20, 2000
Jewel boxes, little cardboard sleeves or those funky digipak things?
Take a look and express your preference.
October 21, 2000
Well, here it is. We'd hoped to open up the website along with
Waking Hour's release, but it's still in utero. The album,
that is. Of course, websites are no fun unless they're perpetually
"Under Construction," so check back from time to time
for new stuff.
-Vienna and Eric