Sherry Finzer is an international award-winning American flutist, composer, performer, and recording artist for Heart Dance Records. She is based in Phoenix, AZ, and performs as a soloist, with guitarist Darin Mahoney, 7-time GRAMMY Nominee Will Clipman, Majestica, Native American flutist Mark Holland, Australian pianist Fiona Joy, Windham Hill pianist Scott Cossu, and Tom Moore. She is known for her variety of musical styles, and performs as a Pearl Flute and Guo Flute Performing Artist. Musically, Finzer has evolved from a classical, competitive flutist to recording acclaimed new age music albums, including Flute Flight, which won the ZMR Award for 2015 Best Relaxation/Meditation Album. Sherry says, “I was drawn to new age music because it helps people with healing and I have learned how much people can be affected in a positive way by music.”
Sherry’s sound is influenced by the different genres of music she plays, by the artists she collaborates with, and by the flutes she uses. She uses various types of flutes to create her pieces, including the family of low flutes, where the sounds of wind instruments are mixed with Gregorian chants, ethereal sounds, and other ethnic instruments to create a relaxing experience. In live performances, she mixes electronic and ethnic sounds without breaking the peace and calm that characterize its parts. She has also used Eastern scales and melodies to evoke an air of mystery and intrigue. Reviewers have described her playing as “deeply haunting….ambient chamber music....calms and yet piques the senses."
Altogether she has recorded 16 CD’s, releasing three in 2016. The latest are collaborations with guitarist Darin Mahoney and pan-global percussionist and 7-time GRAMMY Nominee Will Clipman titled Trialogue, released April 2016; Majestica - In the Midst of Stars with Cass Anawaty release in July 2016, and Whispers from Silence with Tom Moore, released on Sept 16th.
Her album with Native American flutist Mark Holland - Flute Flight, received nominations from Zone Music Reporter (Best Album-Relaxation/Meditation 2015) and One World Music Radio (Best Album Acoustic 2015), Sherry's 2014 solo release of Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream, received nominations from Zone Music Reporter and One World Music for Best Album Acoustic, and charted at #1 and was CD of the Month on the NPR syndicated show Echoes. 2013's collaboration with guitarist Darin Mahoney, Transformation, won One World Music Best Album of the Year. In addition to her work as an artist, Finzer is also the founder and president of the local non-profit Arizona World Music Initiative, an interactive music awareness program.
Her albums Trialogue, Majestica, Whispers from Silence, Flute Flight, Sanctuary, Sanctuary II: Earth, Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream, Transformation, Desert Journey, Someone like Me, Masquerade, Radiant Sky and Christmas Picante are available on CD or digital downloads, and can be purchased at a variety of online music sales sites including CDBaby, Amazon, and iTunes. Flute Flute can be found on Amazon and Bandcamp. Sherry's music is also played on the Sirius/XM Spa Channel, CBC-Galaxie, Soundscapes Channel on Music Choice, Qantas and Asian Airlines, Pandora, One World Music, and more.
Today, she travels extensively as an in-demand new age musician, recently touring throughout Australia with pianist Fiona Joy. As she performs solo and with other musicians, she keeps her mind set on why music is so important: “music symbolizes the different choices and opportunities we have in life,” explains Finzer. “It is important to overcome fear, open the next door and step through.”
REVIEW of Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream by John Diliberto on Echoes:
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