The Human Experience Reprise* (digital only)

from by Vienna Teng and Tanya Shaffer

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    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

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Fourth Messenger, featuring Vienna Teng via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Mama Sid uses a metaphor to explain the purpose of meditation. Raina finds herself unexpectedly moved.


Now close your eyes, and imagine, with each breath...

You’re building a container
Picture an enormous wooden bowl
Building a container
And there’s nothing it can’t hold
A vessel deep and wide
To hold all of your life
You’re building a container called awareness

So whatever you are feeling
However subtle or intense
A part of you is larger
Than even the darkest circumstance
The ocean holds the waves
The fire holds the flames

And you can hold it all
In your awareness...

Welcome to the winter retreat.

(SID watches RAINA for a moment. “The Human Experience” theme continues as the lights and scene shifts. SID exits.)

(Softly) Hello, grief.


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

MAMA SID: Vienna Teng
RAINA: Cailan Rose
ENSEMBLE: Chris Aceves, Robert Brewer, Anna Ishida, Barnaby James, Maria Mikheyenko, Leandra Ramm, Ashley Simms

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



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