Saturday, October 19, 2002VICKI GENFAN
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icki Genfan has been writing and performing her own music for over fifteen years, constantly coming up with new ways to express herself. She exemplifies a crossover artist who appeals to myriad audiences because she focuses on simply making good music, not trying to fall into a particular category. Her music blends traditional folk, funk, jazz and world with hints of classical and new age. Its textures are as varied as her repertoire.
enfan's experience is just as diverse as her sounds. She has appeared as background vocalist and guitarist on albums with Melba Moore, Sheena Easton, Donna Summer and Dee Carstensen, as well as on numerous radio and television jingles. She has toured with Dee Carstensen, John McVey and as a solo artist, performing nationally and in Canada.
icki's long term and intimate relationship with the acoustic guitar has never been more evident than in her most recent compositions, featuring dazzling rhythms, bass note slapping, harmonic tapping and wild tunings. The July 2000 release of Outside the Box, Genfan's first full length CD, is a brilliant showcase for her talents not only as a guitarist, but as a vocalist and composer with an undeniably unique vision.
icki teaches guitar privately and in clinics and is currently working on a guitar book that will document some of her alternate tunings and techniques. Players of all levels will be able to 'tune in' and begin exploring the guitar as a percussive and harmonically rich instrumentLink to Vicki's music clips: Link to Vicki's web site:
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rian began performing solo acoustic at coffeehouses around Long Island at 17, most often at the Cupcafe in Wantagh. In the fall of 1997 Brian moved to Purchase, NY to study literature. He quickly recruited a rhythm section and began performing regularly. He recorded his first album in the spring, and Morning is Broken was released by Mooneyed Music in 1998. The record was given critical acclaim and was heard throughout the tri-state area on WLIR and college radio stations.
e began performing regularly at some of Manhattan's finest acoustic music venues, including CB's Gallery and The Living Room. His most recent record, This Fleeting House, was released in 2001, and features a supporting cast of some of Long Island's and New York’s most talented musicians. The Bellmore kid with the folkie's sensibility and the urgency of a punk rocker opens the door in This Fleeting House with some of the most consistently honest, nuanced numbers ever heard. Nostalgic, but not overly so.
rian Sendrowitz, a true poet, gleans the best from our American folk traditions and reshapes them into rhythms and stanzas that speak volumes about the contemporary struggle for personal and spiritual freedom. Without diatribe and dogma, Brian never ceases to challenge the listener to join him in the age-old quest for the essence of truth and love.
ombining the innocence of Springtime with the burnished leaves of Fall, Brian takes us on timeless journeys from Providence to our fall from grace which was simply the scientific reality of gravity and had nothing to do with thoughts or deedsLink to Brian's music clips: