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.”