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    This album of songs from the new musical "The Fourth Messenger" stars Vienna Teng as Mama Sid, a world-renowned spiritual teacher with a hidden past. Loosely inspired by the Buddha legend, this contemporary re-imagining poses the question of whether and how it's possible to be both enlightened and flawed.

    This pre-order package includes a physical CD and a digital download, to be released November 7, 2015.

    Music by Vienna Teng, lyrics by Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng, directed by Matt August, orchestrated/music directed by Ryan O'Connell.

    "An absolute delight." - SF Chronicle • "Profound and profane, combative and compassionate… Teng’s complex harmonies and inspired melodies stick with you long after the curtain goes down." - Art Animal • "Hugely ambitious and refreshingly original…Teng is a fresh and exciting new theatrical talent with a distinctive voice of her own…" - Huffington Post • "Masterful and compelling…both timeless and contemporary." - Stage and Cinema

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Spiritual teacher Mama Sid and her followers sing about actions and their consequences. Journalist Raina sings of her personal desire to discredit Mama Sid.

lyrics

SID
Every choice that we make
is a pebble in a lake,
spreading ripples beyond our sight.
Every choice that we make
impresses its shape
on a galaxy of lives.

ENSEMBLE (OFFSTAGE)
Every choice that we make
is a pebble in a lake,
spreading ripples beyond our sight.
With every step that we take
let the choices we make
bring us closer to the light.

(Spot focuses sharply on RAINA.)

RAINA
Every false move she’s made,
every trust that she’s betrayed,
left a wound that will never heal.
Though she may think she’s safe,
got away without a trace,
one day all will be revealed.

The past isn't gone,
its ghosts gather round,
they live and they breathe,
they hunger for answers.
The moment has come
to call you to account.

And I will make my name;
my breakout story will be your shame.
For the truth will, the truth must come out

credits

from The Fourth Messenger, featuring Vienna Teng, released November 10, 2015
Music by Vienna Teng
Lyrics by Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng
Directed by Matt August
Music Directed and Orchestrated by Ryan O'Connell

SID: Vienna Teng
RAINA: Cailan Rose
ENSEMBLE: Chris Aceves, Barnaby James, Maria Mikheyenko, Annemaria Rajala, Leandra Ramm, Ashley Simms

Piano and keyboards: Ryan O'Connell
Violin: Anthony Blea
Cello: Freya Seeburger
Drums: Ken Bergmann

Produced by Brad Dollar

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