Teresa Bergman is not your average girly with a guitar. With a powerful and versatile voice akin to that of Adele or Zaz, funky guitar grooves reminiscent of Ani di Franco and Wallis Bird, and a level of musical sophistication likened to Sophie Hunger and Fiona Apple – this is a ‘front frau’ to watch out for! Live on stage, and on her new album “Bird of a Feather” the singer-songwriter from New Zealand has created an eclectic stylistic fusion of acoustic-folk, funk and jazz.
Bergman’s sound incorporates a twist of nearly everything – drawing inspiration from the world of blues, scat-improvisation, swing, chanson, cabaret and good quality pop. Warm acoustic guitar tones support an incredibly astute vocal approach. From soaring heights to soul dripping depths, the dynamism of Bergman’s music and live performances is infectious. Add a good dose of aesthetic extravagance to the picture – some glittering sequins and an elegant yet quirky sense of retro pizazz, and it’s not hard to understand why this Kiwi-lass has turned quite a few heads in her chosen home Berlin.
After making the finals of NZ Idol at 18 and completing an MA degree in political science, Bergman decided to completely dedicate herself to music. Starting at the grassroots, the singer was soon hailed “Berlin’s Best Street Musician” by the city’s most widely read entertainment magazine ‘Zitty’. Since then Bergman has given over 100 concerts in Germany. Teresa’s Trio has featured at some of Berlin’s most prestigious jazz clubs such as ‘Quasimodo’ or ‘Atrane’, as well as festivals in Berlin, Frankfurt, Mainz and Bayreuth.
Teresa’s live shows are authentic and intimate. Her storytelling is diverse and rich in emotion, yet laced with an overriding sense of optimism. The embodiment of an honest musician, Bergman has that extra authentic ‘something’, which the likes of Passenger, Ed Sheeren and Zaz have utilized to produce festival-compatible and chart topping hits.