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The present moment

Saturday, 03.28.2020 by Verena Zeiner

Foto: Ina Aydogan

"A while ago I gave an interview that will be published in may. The journalist - who is not a music journalist - asked this interesting question: „How do you think, being a musician and teaching music is relevant for society?“
Luckily it’s a question I’ve been asking myself regularly for many years and I could answer right away: It is relevant for society because it gives me stability.
Being able to surrender to music, to playing piano prevents me from getting anxious, desperate and from losing myself in fear and worries given what is happening in the world around me all the time.
These days I can say that even louder than ever!
The stability I get from playing piano results from me experiencing the present moment.
And in moments of presence there is usually no space for fear, desperation, anxiety. There happens a lot on a physical level: the nervous system relaxes, tensions release, circulation gets better, breathing deeper - the way our brains work is different! (and: it strengthens our immune system!).
I am also aware of this when I’m teaching and so I spend this day teaching my students, via video conference. I think we are all really enjoying it so far, talking about music, consciously focussing our attention, digging deep. We are present in the moment!
And I think - no, actually I know - that the reason why people attend concerts is that they are looking for this experience of presence. Maybe they are not fully aware of it.. but  lately I got a lot of feedback after my concerts expressing exactly that. People said things like: they didn’t think about anything else for the whole concert, they could relax, they were deeply touched and could feel their emotions, they could dream, they could escape their daily business for a while..
There is nothing more valuable then being present!
Neither am I ignoring what is going on right now - I’m fully aware of all the challenges we are facing. But dealing with them, finding solutions, adapting to the situation is so much easier with inner stability.
Nor am I saying that this is easy. I struggle a lot myself, every day. But so far I managed to pull the wheel around - with the tools I have - everyday. Sometimes even several times ;)
So, go on making your art (art = things that make you experience presence): play, paint, write, read, knit, cook, love, dance, laugh, invent….
Trust that it is part of the solution!"

V.Z.

Jazzfest.Wien Podcast

Tuesday, 02.18.2020 by Verena Zeiner

Listen to the podcast by Jazzfest Wien, produced by Manfred Horak.
In the second episode (starting at 14:32) I'm talking about my approach to music and improvisation, my new album, the plattform Fraufeld and much more..(it's german though..)
http://www.jazzfest.wien/podcast/

The release concert

Tuesday, 02.18.2020 by Verena Zeiner

Photo: Paul Zeiner

No Love Without Justice is out now on arooo.records!
I'm still delighted and amazed by the sold out release concert. Thank you all for being part of it!
This album really only exists because some awesome people did their magic on it:
produced by Caitlin Smith, recorded by Markus Wallner, mixed and mastered by Ziv Ravitz, artwork by mahola/screenaddicts (Alex Streicher), photo by Paul Zeiner.

order here: office@fraufeld.at
or find it on itunes, spotify etc.

Behind the scene | 9

Friday, 01.24.2020 by Verena Zeiner

It’s All I Have To Bring Today.

It’s all I have to bring today
This, and my heart beside
This, and my heart, and all the fields
And all the meadows wide
Be sure yo count - should I forget
Some one the sum could tell
This, and my heart, and all the bees
Which in the clover dwell.

(Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886)
..her poem inspired the song of the same name.

It's All I Have To Bring Today

Behind the scene | 8

Friday, 01.24.2020 by Verena Zeiner

"All Our Rage
is the name of a piece on the upcoming album.
the thing with rage (anger, sadness, anxiety… ) - it doesn’t feel good, doesn’t look good, can be quite destructive and scare people away.
And still, whenever I take the risk and allow myself to let it be, things are different afterwards. Usually better, clearer, calmer, transformed…
and sometimes relationships to people got deeper because they stayed taking care while letting me feel it all."

(V.Z)

All Our Rage

Behind the scene | 7

Wednesday, 01.08.2020 by Verena Zeiner

"What is a nourishing ground for loving relationships?
Relationships between parents and children, between family members, friends, lovers, between human beings.
I believe that one of the most important ingredients of loving relationships is to acknowledge each other as equals and to respect & uphold each other’s rights & responsibilities at any time. Otherwise it’s not a matter of love but of power and domination.
I highly recommend reading everything bell hooks has written about love. Her writing provided inspiration for the piece and title of my upcoming solo album: No Love Without Justice."
(V.Z.)

http://www.verenazeiner.at/en/projects/solo.html