Dedicated to Bösendorfer
Tori Amos concert at the Vienna Stadthalle, September 25, 2009—with her "black lady"!
For weeks, my hope that Tori Amos would agree to a photo shooting with Bösendorfer during her concert in the Vienna Stadthalle has intensified. Since July, she has been touring the States and Europe to introduce her new CD, “Abnormally Attracted to Sin.” On the CD, her “black lady”—as the artist with her powerful voice respectfully and lovingly calls her Bösendorfer—takes center stage.
Tori Amos and her "black lady" onstage at the Vienna Stadhalle
Exactly two minutes before our appointment, Tori scurried past me: “Hey, Mira, just a moment, please!” The concert begins at eight; it is seven o’clock. Tori hurries from the sound check to the makeup.
Tori Amos in conversation with Bösendorfer
Immediately thereafter, our photographer and I are led to a reception room by Tori’s manager. There, Tori greets us affectionately and, despite her impending performance, invites us to chat. She is genuinely concerned about Bösendorfer’s well-being. As in our last meeting, I’m happy to be able to report on the qualitatively continuity of the Bösendorfer company thanks to Yamaha. I also invite the artist to our factory in Wiener Neustadt so that she’ll be convinced by my words.
Tori takes half an hour for a discussion and photos before she has to take off, since she has further plans for the evening...
Tori Amos and Mira Weihs, Artist Relations Manager Bösendorfer
Eroticism with Spirituality
In the hall—already sold out a month in advance—the audience awaits the artist with standing ovations. She in turn greets her fans with opulent visual and sonic colors.
The band, with Jon Evans on the bass and Matt Chamberlain on percussion, is kept to the essentials and is of high quality.
Tori Amos and her Bösendorfer
The songs, from soft ballads to hot beats, are properly choreographed and the sequence conducted from the grand piano with playful effortlessness by the delicate redhead.
She wants to combine eroticism with spirituality. In the middle of the stage she rides a piano bench, placed between the piano and an electronic organ. At times she plays the organ with her right hand without removing her left hand from her Bösendorfer. She thereby plays and sings turned toward the audience and lets her changing voice sound in the most varying ways: at times she demonstrates her full alto, then scales the heights of her soprano, only to aspirate, hardly audibly, immediately thereafter or practically sob. All her texts are marked by lived femininity. No misunderstood emancipation is heard here, but rather the experience of a mature woman and mother with a loving, vulnerable soul, a highly alert, flexible spirit. It is clear that this delicate person knows what she wants not only onstage. She seldom speaks to her audience, yet tonight it’s a must:
As always whenever Tori Amos is in Vienna, the Stadthalle was once again sold out!
“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! For all of you who aren’t from Vienna: Vienna is the home of this lady whom I love so much! She was born here. (Tori strokes the Bösendorfer.) I thank the Bösendorfer company, the people that gave life to this beautiful lady, who made it possible for me to play it. A few people from Bösendorfer are with us this evening. I dedicate this concert to them!”
Bösendorfer Artist Relations Manager
Tori Amos in Germany
Two days after her Vienna concert, Tori Amos stood onstage in the sold-out Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and once again thrilled her fans:
The Hamburger Abendblatt wrote:
“And Amos holds an intimate dialogue with her Bösendorfer. Everyone in the hall feels that the two intuitively understand each other...”
The article can be read in its entirely at: www.abendblatt.de
Further tour dates are:
10/5/2009 Frankfurt / Jahrhunderthalle
10/7/2009 Berlin / Tempodrom