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Vicki Genfan | 'Up Close & Personal' - DOUBLE CD!

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'Up Close & Personal' - DOUBLE CD!

by Vicki Genfan

Acoustic guitar virtuoso singer/songwriter...compares to Kottke or Hedges, but her individuality is prominent....this is fiery, living music.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Atomic Reshuffle
4:19 $0.99
2. Let It Rain
3:04 $0.99
3. In A Mood
5:20 $0.99
4. Kali Dreams
3:03 $0.99
5. Luna Ahumada
3:18 $0.99
6. Joy
3:21 $0.99
7. Si
3:23 $0.99
8. New Grass
3:10 $0.99
9. Longest Night
4:32 $0.99
10. Catch Me
2:55 $0.99
11. Jamanolo
4:45 $0.99
12. Don't Give Up On Me
4:22 $0.99
13. Norweigian Wood
5:22 $0.99
14. Love Thing
4:49 $0.99
15. When You Are Winter
3:54 $0.99
16. What's Going On
4:52 $0.99
17. Ain't Got Love
4:27 $0.99
18. Living In The Country
3:40 $0.99
19. So What's It To Ya
4:14 $0.99
20. Carry Me Home
5:31 $0.99
21. Eleanor
4:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
Hailing from New Jersey, Vicki Genfan is simply one of the most exciting guitarists around. Featured on Vanguard Records’ recent La Guitara CD (a collection of virtuoso
female guitarists), Genfan’s dynamic style borrows as much from Michael Hedges and Pat Metheny as it does from James Taylor and Earth Wind and Fire. Playing both original
instrumentals and vocal-based material, Genfan uses two-handed tapping, harmonic slaps, and alternate tunings in a style that is uniquely her own.
“Vicki...has brewed her own style out of wiping chords, airy tapping tachniques and a precise melody play that has no name...and creates a new kind of singer-songwriter culture.”
- Frankfurter Allgemeine

Her newest collection, ‘Up Close & Personal’ is a double CD, self-released on her newly formed Harmonic Touch Records, June 14, 2006. It stands to be her best work yet. Engineer Tay Hoyle and Producer Ian Melrose have succeeded in bringing out the stunning beauty and vibrance of Genfan’s guitar work as well as capturing some of her most evocative vocal performances to date. Featuring solo tracks, duos and some full band pieces, Genfan’s stellar arrangements and unique composition sensibility flow effortlessly throughout these 2 discs.

CD #1 (Up Close) is completely Instrumental while CD #2 (Personal) features Vicki’s ‘singer-songwriter’ tracks.
Each disc closes with a quick time video clip (can be viewed on any computer with Quick Time) full of highlights
From the last 3 years worth of recording.

Appearing on these 2 discs are also some of the industry’s most sought after musicians; Producer Ian
Melrose, Steve Jordan, Manolo Badrena, Gil Goldstein, Rob Paparozzi, Daniel A. Wiess, John Mettam, Jon Albrink, Bryant Wilder, Jess Willoughby, Barb Merjan, Janelle Burdell, Sonya Heller, Everett Bradley, Jenn Hopper,
Penny Mealing, Erika Luckett and Kerstin Blodig, each bringing their own gifts to the project.

In the past year, Vicki has had the honor of sharing the stage with such guitar greats as Tommy Emmanuel, Laurence Juber, Steve White, Pete Huttlinger, Patty Larkin, Mimi
Fox, Kaki King and Jennifer Batten. Genfan will continue touring and teaching in the US and Europe in support of the new release as well as of her first two solo CDs, ‘Outside the Box’ (Self Released 2000) and ‘Vicki Genfan – Live’ (Acoustic Music Records, Germany 2003).

“Whether Genfan is edging into rock or swirling into folk and jazz, this is fiery, living music.”
- IndieMusic.com



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Louis Grimaldi

What a Find!
I was flipping through the channels on TV one night, and from out of nowhere, I see and hear this amazing performer playing on a "local" cable music show in Floral Park, NY. I had to get Vicki's "Up Close & Personal". She was just amazing in person, and the CD's are fantastic. I'm looking forward to any future releases, or national TV appearances.

Jim Whiting

Well worth the wait!
I was looking to get the first album but I kept seeing this NEW one popping up. I'm a new fan of Vicky's and was absolutely intrigued by what I first heard on this. The vocal disc is amazing in its' own right, but the instrumental one is miraculous! Please bring this music to Baltimore! I tried e-mailing Vicky but the address came back undeliverable. So if you see this review, know that you have a new fan in Baltimore! Thank you very much!

Martin Hollaender

World-class Acoustic Music
With her new well produced double CD Vicki Genfan once again prooves that she's certainly one of the world's top acoustic guitarists - and a gifted singer-songwriter too. Her immensly musical & inimitable tapping technique will knock even M. Hedges and K. King disciples off their feet (listen to 'Atomic Reshuffle' or her classic 'New Grass' on CD1) while her beautiful and partly even radio-compatible singer-songwriter stuff on CD2 (for example 'Love Thing' and 'Elanor') will just please anybody who's into well-made, heartfelt music. A real treat.

Minor 7th Webzine

It dazzles, it pulses, it grooves, it weeps, it sings. There's not much that Vicki Genfan's new tour de force doesn't do aurally. "Up Close & Personal" is a double CD with two lives: disc one is all instrumental, while the second disc weds her marvelous chops with vocals. Genfan is carving a niche in the acoustic music world which few can fill, and "Up Close & Personal" is a terrific showcase for her burgeoning talents. The tunes are a mix of solo guitar, sparse fillers, and full band efforts, all performed in an eclectic cornucopia of open tunings. On the instrumental side, the particles accelerate on the opening cut "Atomic Reshuffle" as Genfan taps, slaps, bends, and beats out a danceamagific tune. Other head turners include "New Grass" (which was originally recorded on her debut CD "Outside the Box"), and the funky "Kali Dreams". While others make noise with tapping stylings, Genfan understands the power of melody and instead makes music. "Let It Rain" is a brooding bog mystified by Ian Melrose's low whistle, while "Catch Me" rifles along aided by Genfan's chanting of Sanskrit Mantras. Disc two contains Genfan originals, and covers of some well known pop tunes (The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" and "What's Going On" made famous by the late Marvin Gaye). Her chops are more restrained here, giving way to her smoky vocals, and she shows solid pop sensibilities (she should find good airplay with many of these songs). "Norwegian Wood" is slowed and stripped down to just Genfan's tapping guitar and expressive voice. There's a lovely duet with Gil Goldstein on piano on "When You Are Winter", and Ian Melrose screams on dobro on "Si". If the music isn't enough, there are bonus videos on each disc showing how some of the songs were recorded. This is a great CD.

Linda Phipps

up close and personal
This is my first cd from Vicki and I love it. I heard about Vicki through a friend. If these cd's were on tape, I would already need a new one. I play her music in the car to relax a bit while driving in traffic. Will definitely be purchasing all her albums.

Mark Mohr

Wonderfully eclectic music
I read about Vicki Genfan in a Sept. 16, 2008 article in the Wall Street Journal. The story was about Guitar Magazine\'s fourth annual Superstar Competition held at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Vicki Genfan not only won the contest, but she blew away the judges with her music. I ordered the CD the next day. \"Up Close and Personal\" is actually a two-CD set. #1 is almost exclusively instrumental with minimum vocals. It leads off with \"Atomic Reshuffle\", the tune she played at the SF contest. Wow! It\'s stunning music. Her guitar shimmers with a brightness of sound that I hadn\'t heard for a while. (Kind of reminds me of Michael Hedges.) When she combines her self-described \"flap tap\" style that combines percussion and harmonic elements, the CD is dazzling. I worked my way through every cut on CD #1 and moved on to CD #2, which is more of a traditional band performance with vocals and background singers in harmony. Normally, I prefer instrumental music but to be honest, her songs are growing on me. Her covers of traditional songs (\"Norwegian Wood\") are breathtakingly different and her lyrics definitely have some unexpectedly ironic twists and turns. Her website describes her music as \"folk meets funk\" and I guess that\'s as good a description as any. This is highly recommended for people interested in expanding their musical horizon. Congratulations to Vicki for winning the guitar contest and for coming out with such a terrific CD set!

Rich LaPenna

beautiful music
"Up close and Personal" is a wonderful CD full of beautiful music. Vicki Genfan is an EXCEPTIONAL fingerstyle guitarist and has a beautiful voice as well....which is somewhat a rarity in the fingerstyle guitar world.
Rich LaPenna WSLR 96.5 Sarasota, Fl.

Sue Bricker

I love this music
"Up Close & Personal" is such a total package; from the amazing skill and artistry of Vicki Genfan to the wonderful musicianship of the support musicians, to the beautiful production and final package. I definitely said "WOW!" the first time I listened to the CDs. By the way, I listen to it all the time and each time is like the first time ... I still say "WOW!".

Max Goldston Western Age

The best since Hedges
Beautiful tunings,dynamic Hedges style playing with a unique feel--A truly innovative style stemming from Hedges.Thank you Vickie...you have shared your soul unselfishly with this excellent CD.