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On A Clear Day

by Natalia Zukerman

A seamless blend of folk, rock, jazz, country and blues with inspired guitar playing and stories that span three to five minutes but tell the tale of a lifetime.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. Fool's Gold
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2. Southern Wind
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3. Wandering Souls
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4. More
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5. Little Heart
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6. Believed
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7. Beasty Child
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8. Augie's
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9. Alone
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10. Hole
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11. Pumpkin Time
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Album Notes
"Natalia Zukerman's newest release, 'On a Clear Day' is an amazing mix of instrumental and lyrical balance that lets her true talent shine through. She has come into her own as an accomplished musician and songwriter with this batch of songs that will surely establish her place among the best of today's emerging artists." -concerningwomen.com

"Along a similar fault line, you'll find Natalia Zukerman's new independent release On a Clear Day. She too adds some jazz flourishes, while nevertheless tipping her pick to the blues with her smoky slide guitar and sweetly seductive come-hither vocals. Zukerman's craftsmanship is clearly evident upon first listen, though the layered intricacies demand a more focused engagement with the music. The poetry through which she searches her soul and reveals the workings of her innermost emotional world is at once stunning and familiar. Allison Miller, Julie Wolf, and other marvelous musicians support her noble and glorious endeavor." -Kelly McCartney, Velvet Park Magazine


BIO:
In the nature versus nurture scheme of Natalia Zukerman, you would have to conclude that both forces are in exquisite cahoots with one another.

Sure, her DNA is filled with musically brilliant genetic patterns.

Yeah, she started studying violin at age six adding guitar at eight.

Still, one without the other wouldn't have gotten her here.

Growing up in New York City surrounded by classical and jazz music provided the delicately perfect balance of elements that is now at play in Zukerman's own artistry. She has the studied chops of a classical musician which allow her to tread in the more adventurous footprints of a jazz player. You see, she takes risks, with a maturity and lucidity that is not so often found in the work of her folk music peers. And as a child of the urban landscape, Zukerman isn't afraid of calling it as she sees it; she just follows an eloquent approach to her authenticity that takes the edge off and sets her apart from the crowd. (Where the bluesy, country leanings came from, we're just not sure. But they're an awfully nice touch.)

Zukerman is an awesome guitarist, but don't get so caught up that you miss the intimacies of her songwriting and the slinky sultriness of her voice. This is a full-package deal. The initial evidence can be found in her 2001 debut release Mortal Child which was one of Performing Songwriter's Top 12 (DIY) Independent Releases. The collection covers acres of musical ground in order to encompass Zukerman's ambitious craftsmanship.

Her sophomore effort, On a Clear Day, saw light in November 2003 and avoids anything resembling a jinx. Having found her voice, Zukerman has settled into a righteous, genre-blending groove. With support from Allison Miller (Natalie Merchant, Betty), Julie Wolf (Ani DiFranco, Dar Williams), Jason Kriveloff (Topaz, Tortured Soul), and others, it would be hard to miss the mark. Yet, it is ultimately the thread of writing great songs that weave all of her disparate influences, inspirations, and experiences into a glorious, seamless tapestry. (If you really must have comparisons, try Patty Larkin, Shawn Colvin, and Ani DiFranco on for size.)

As a captivating and witty live performer, Zukerman has criss-crossed the continent building an earnest following and garnering some decidedly hefty acclaims. She showcased at the Nashville New Music Conference in 2001, the NEMO conference in Boston in 2002 and 2003, NXNE in Toronto in 2002 and 2003, LadyFest South in 2002, and CMJ in New York and the Dewey Beach Fest in Delaware in 2003.

In addition, Zukerman is an official performing member of Indiegrrl and her song Winter in California was a part of the Indiegrrl Compilation III. One of her most haunting compositions, Hole was chosen for the Amaze Me: Songs In The Key of Peace compilation which also contains tracks by twelve other independent women musicians including Ellis, Erika Luckett, Kris Delmhorst, Edie Carey, Tret Fure, and Holly Near.

To top it all off, she paints murals AND sings The Wheels on the Bus like nobody's business. Multi-faceted, multi-talented, Natalia Zukerman is one of a kind.

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Carmella Cocchiola

I enjoyed this album more immensely than her first one...I really did.
This cd is filled with even more passion, creativity and musical skill than the first album put out by Natalia...she just keeps on getting better, doesn't she? On a Clear Day has been in my cd player nonstop for over a week now...these songs have found there way into my head even when I'm not listening to them....that's the point of great music...it has to stick with you afterwards.
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James

A true singer / songwriter
In this age of over-produced music, Zuckerman emerges as a fresh, true singer/songerwriter who's rich blend of music comes from the soul!
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Kaia

okay, WOW!?! she's SOOOO good.
okay, WOW!?! a friend turned me on to natalia's work. she's SOOOO good. never really heard anyone else do quite what she does. so cool and original and wonderful. i can't seem to get it out of my disc player!
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Brian

Great album, Fantastic Artist! and Caring Company!
I already knew this album was going to be great because I saw Natalia open for Willy Porter recently. What really surprised me was CD Baby and how enthusiastic they were about getting me my order, on time and in perfect shape...right before Christmas!! I don't have enough thumbs to hold up for this experience! Thanks!
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Phil Thiegou

Y0WZA Y0WZA Y0WZA!!!
No sophomore jinx here. lt doesn't pick up from where she left off from Mortal Child because the style is different, but it has Nat's signature sound all over it. l love the way she experiments with different sounds and instruments yet remain true towhat is essential Natalia Zukerman. BRAVISIM0 MY SHAYNA MAYDLE!!!
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Ethan Young

Solid CD
I've been wanting to buy this album for a while...finally got around to it.

Other people have said it better. Natalia's amazing. I'm just adding my voice to the mix. I don't hear any low points on this cd, although there are definitely "singles" on it that have been promoted (and produced?) more than the others. But everything is solid, including the amazing artistry of Ms. Zukerman.

But let's recap:
Amazing vocalist
Great guitarist
Great songwriter
Great performer (check out her "only one" album for raw performance)

The production on this album is fantastic, too. While the band is present, it is always supportive and never overbearing, and never sounds cluttered.
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Collected Sounds

Cool
First impression…lovely vocals and really interesting guitar parts. The instrumentation reminds me a bit of Ani DiFranco. Lots of finger picking and intricate stuff going on.

Oh, and she not only wrote all of the songs (lyric and music) and plays guitar but she also produced the CD. This is a pretty talented lady.
This CD has a nice blend of genres and Natalia Zukerman does them all well. This is a great summer afternoon CD.
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miranda

she blazin'
this album is a pure and unfiltered work of artistic genius. natalia seems to float effortlessly from jazz to rock to bluegrass, defying all labels and genres. she is sliding you around on her dobro one minute and making her electric wah you into a auralgasmic frenzy the next. her talent knows no boundaries... it is so unbelievably beautiful and still i feel like the best is yet to come from this woman. i think i will always feel that way.
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Jennifer Layton

Zukerman has one of those rare voices that seduces you on first purr.
Zukerman has one of those rare voices that seduces you on first purr. Blend Sheryl Crow and Natalie Merchant, and throw in the twang spark of fellow NYC indie artist Amy Speace, and you’ve got that voice. Zukerman can vocally float high and ethereal, as in “Wandering Souls,” and she can drawl and croon an Old West folk ballad, as in “Little Heart,” a song in which you can see the dust rising around every bootstep.
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Polly

Just what I've been looking for!
This CD is so beautiful from start to finish. It really showcases Natalia's amazing guitar playing but also shows her growth and depth as a songwriter. I can't recommend it enough!
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