Suzanne Teng & Mystic Journey
MYSTIC JOURNEY is the both the name of Suzanne’s world music band and her debut solo CD. The band has evolved over the years and with the help of her partner Gilbert, has developed into an internationally known ensemble. Their music can be heard on radio stations in faraway lands such as Belarus, Russia and Saipan. Based in Los Angeles, they have developed a large following and perform at a variety of venues ranging from the large outdoor festival where their audiences are known to fall into beautiful spontaneous group dances, to the more formal concert hall or theater setting to the even more intimate setting...a yoga center or even a special ceremony on a hilltop. Because their music creates a magical space for deep listening as well as joyful celebration, they are often invited to perform at major events benefiting numerous social, environmental or spiritual causes. (A partial list of such sponsors follows the bio.) Their shows have incorporated a number of prominent performers such as dumbek master Souhail Kaspar from Lebanon, Prince Diabate, a kora master from Guinea, West Africa, numerous belly dance troupes, a modern dance troupe and even a children’s choir. Along with Suzanne and Gilbert, Mystic Journey’s core members are string bassist Barry Newton who has played with a variety of noted musicians and ensembles such as Peter Erskine, the NY Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and multi-string instrumentalist and composer Fritz Heede.