Solopiano Solidarity Festival
Friday, 06.05.2020 by Verena Zeiner
Streaming-Festival organized by the great pianist David Helbock. Find details here!
This is a virtual-online solopiano festival with 4 concerts out of David's home in western Austria.
Every concert will bring also a composition that fits the theme of the festival - SOLIDARITY.
Thanks to „Stiftung Philanthropie Österreich“ we are able to cover the basic costs of this production.
During the stream there will be the possibility to buy a virtual ticket and make donations. These will go directly to the artists and they will also donate part of it to people suffering from the corona crisis.
My concert will be on June 10th, 9 pm. Follow this link:
The donation of my concert will directly go to Caritas and fuereinand.at who started a campaign to raise awareness for homeless women and the fact that they need different things than homeless men. Homeless women of course also menstruate but they have difficulties buying hygiene products and clean underwear. Please help me raise money that I can pass on to one of the houses of the Caritas to support women with these products!
Concertvideo | Fragments of a Whole
Thursday, 06.04.2020 by Verena Zeiner
This concertvideo was initiated by the Austrian Cultural Forum London.
Fragments of a Whole is a cycle of pieces composed in March and April 2020. They are musical reflections on questions that arose when the outside world came to a halt.
Verena Zeiner: piano and compositions
Joe Gridl: sound and video
Thursday, 05.14.2020 by Verena Zeiner
"Breath of crisis" is a short film by Bea von Schrader, made in April 2020, with music by Verena Zeiner:
Thursday, 05.14.2020 by Verena Zeiner
"No Love Without Justice" will be released on vinyl on June 18th 2020!
It will be a limited edition!
Pre orders are possible via mail: email@example.com
The present moment
Saturday, 03.28.2020 by Verena Zeiner
"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!"
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..)