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Outside the Box

by Vicki Genfan

An acoustic blend of traditional folk, with touches of funk, jazz, world, classical and new age. Great songs. Great vocals. And AMAZING Michael Hedges style guitar!
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Catch Me
2:48 $0.99
2. Outside the Box
3:34 $0.99
3. Impossinova
2:44 $0.99
4. Mother's Day
2:02 $0.99
5. Offerings
3:27 $0.99
6. New Grass
2:50 $0.99
7. Why don't love sit still
3:34 $0.99
8. Interlude
1:40 $0.99
9. In a Mood
3:55 $0.99
10. Don't Give Up
4:17 $0.99
11. Amazing Grace
3:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
Guitarist, songwriter and singer, Vicki Genfan has been called the 'Jimi Hendrix of acoustic guitar'. A fiercely original musician and composer, likened in review to a "composite of Jonatha Brooke from the Story and Michael Hedges", Vicki has been supporting the release of her highly acclaimed debut CD "Outside The Box". Bill Milkowski writes in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, "Her dazzling displays of two handed tapping, bell-like harmonics and funky bass note slapping, along with her deft fingerstyle approach, have guitar aficionados in the house sitting slack-jawed in sheer awe."

Vicki has performed extensively to an ever growing national and international audience. Her stunning featured performance in September 2002 at the International Open Strings Guitar Festival in Germany brought Vicki's compelling and groundbreaking musicianship into focus for her distinct and visionary artistry. Ulrich Olshausen of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes, "Vicki...has brewed her own style of wiping chords, airy tapping techniques and a precise melody-play that has no name...and creates a new kind of singer-songwriter culture."

Transmuting jazz, funk, pop, and world music in a contemporary folk alchemy, Vicki draws from a diverse palette of harmonies, rhythms and modal tunings. Studied in both classical and jazz guitar, these elements fuse with her grace, passion and charisma to create an electrifying and entirely singular sonic journey of depth, inspiration and pure magic.

Vicki's characteristic sounds and tunes can be heard on numerous recordings for radio and television jingles, the Stephen King book on tape, "Wastelands", and in performances on albums by artists such as Sheena Easton, Donna Summer, Melba Moore and Dee Carstensen to name a few. Her debut CD, "Outside the Box" has received wide recognition and has won a variety of awards including the Just Plain Folks Awards in the categories of best solo instrumental and female singer-songwriter.

In addition to "Outside the Box", Germany's 'Acoustic Music Records' has just released "Vicki Genfan - Live", a recording of the Open Strings Guitar Festival Concert. Vicki is also midway through the recording of the next studio CD which has a release date of March, 2004.

When not on the road, Vicki maintains her home base in New Jersey and performs frequently in the north-east. She loves to teach and sees private students as well as giving clinics and workshops on some of the special techniques she has developed. She is currently working on a teaching video as well as a written music book of her compositions.



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Jae C. Steele

Best CD I've ever bought!
I had never heard of Vicki Genfan. Someone in the know, however, heard me play guitar and suggested I check Vicki out. (What flattery!) There are only two other times that music has had the effect Vicki's CD had on me the moment it started to play: When I walked into a music store with Billy Joel's "Travelling Prayer" piano break playing, and the first time I heard John Fahey on vinyl (thought it was Kotke, Lang and Fahey playing together!). I am very impressed with Ani, but I have to say that Vicki Genfan surpasses every one of these musicians in my ratings book. If I had the $500, I'd gladly send it to her for the CD pre-buy promotion she's running, just so she could come to my house and I could sit and watch her play these magnificent pieces. Her "offerings" truly are an indescribable gift. If you're into the best of accoustic guitar with superb vocals and great songwriting, you've gotta own "Out of the Box". An incredible must have!

Patricia Rachal

Rhythmically and Harmonically Pleasing
While I have never heard of Vicki Genfan before, I was pleasantly surprised when a friend turned me on to her sound. There is a warmth of tone and pleasingly subtle melodic nuasances that surround the listener. A wonderful folk blend. I hope to hear more of Vicki Genfan's music in the future. Great guitarist!!!!!

francesco de luca

Excellent. Period.
The opening song "catch me" is a brilliant example of great guitar playing blended with female voice looking at some ethnic roots. The overall outstanding point of this player is her strong sense of rythm, and her succesfully pushing the boundaries of guitar tecniques. Higly recomended. A++++

Joerg Nassler Germany

Groovy and warmly regarding the guitar playing and the voice-a gift for the soul
I saw Vicki in Vancouver too & she was one of the best surprises to me. Guitar playing in a perfect style but not the technic is the goal, it´s the groovy and the personal feeling what she is giving the audience. In combination with really different musical styles and her voice it´s a cd you can listen in different situations and again and again. Thanks for this gift. The only one fault it´s too short!!!

Tommie Jo Philipsen

Made me wonder why I even bother trying to play...OUCH!!! & AHHH!!
Warning: DO NOT LISTEN... if you are an insecure musician. Listening consumption of this CD will make most of us trying to make Music wonder if there will be any room left when this huge resonation finally fades. a wonderful way!

Andrew Clarke

Astonishingly good
I bought this from CD Baby after hearing some tracks on 'just plain folks'. Having heard it, I have given up the guitar and play the Ukulele instead. Her technique is just so good, and her songs so lyrical, one feels an idiot attempting to play the damned thing.

Karen Segal

beautiful, brilliant, badass, virtuoso acoustic guitar funkster & tapper, melodi
Beautiful, brilliant, & badass! Virtuoso funkster and tapper minus the cliches. Thoroughly melodic and musical. Great vocals. Authentic presence, no pretense. And she's a cutie! Wow! Doesn't get much better than this . . .


joyful. masterful Vicki and her Guitar!
I have known Vicki nearly 10 yrs and her music is the real deal.
If you haven't seen her live in NYC or her other shows...she's amazing and watching her play the guitar is mezmerizing.
If you aren't near a gig happening...pick up this cd via You will notbe sorry!

Robert Gomes

A wild, beautiful, haunting album. Genfan's singing and playing is astonishing.
Amazing. Genfan's playing is intense, dense, and soaring. Beautifully intricate. Wild use of guitar as percussive instrument. Her voice is warm, makes you sit up and listen to the lyrics...which are simple and haunting. I wanted more and more. Loved it.

Mike Barr

Really enjoyable, original, you gotta love it!
Sweet tunes, really interesting guitar tunings, it has a great beat and you can even dance to it. I always wanted to be on American Bandstand and say that.
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