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Tiny Vipers

„Are the tourists gone?“, Jesy Fortino aka Tiny Vipers asks. The Seattle-based songwriter doesn’t really feel comfortable playing in the streets, while there’s still a group of loudly talking and laughing men around. When the voices grow quieter and finally disappear in the streets of Vienna’s inner city, Jesy starts fingerpicking the first notes of „Dreamer“. She stands in an empty fountain, in the middle of Neuer Markt, a square that is already pretty deserted in these early evening hours in mid-March. It seems like she prefers playing just for herself, and every interaction from the outside world would break this fragile, dark, yet beautiful intimacy she creates with her songs. For the second song, „Aron“, she then suggests to sit in a niche of the fountain sculpture, so that no one from the street can see her. Only the camera slowly moves around. Jesy is not the kind of musician who tries to entertain people. She demands close and attentive listening and gives back unconventional and haunting songs of strong emotions – no matter if she is onstage or sits in a fountain.


  • Posted: June 16, 2010
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Sarah Brugner
  • Post-Production: Michael Luger
  • Photography: Simon Brugner