Sherry Finzer

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Sherry Finzer is an American flutist and composer. She is a national award-winning musician, and for her contributions to the genre of flute music, she was a semi-finalist for a Grammy award nomination in 2010, 2012 and 2013.[1] Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Sherry performs as a soloist, with her guitarist Darin Mahoney,[2] and other local, national and international musicians. She is known for her variety of musical styles, including New Age, Latin, flamenco, classical, pop and jazz, and she travels nationally and internationally to perform as a Guo Flute Performing Artist and Recording Artist for Heart Dance Records. She also owns the Heart Dance Records www.heartdancerecords.com label, RS Promotions www.rspromotionsus.com , and hosts the Heart Dance Radio show on Live 365 www.live365.com/heartdanceradio[3]

Life[edit]

Sherry was born in Syracuse, New York, on Aug 23, 1963 to Robert and Penny Powers. She moved to Henrietta, a suburb of Rochester, New York in July 1976. Sherry attended Charles H. Roth High School and majored in music. She won many awards while at Roth, and participated in numerous All-County and Area All-State Festivals. After marrying Charles J. Finzer, Sherry resided in the Greece area of Rochester. They have two children, Nick and Tyler. Sherry and her family moved to the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix in July, 2005.[4]

Teaching[edit]

In addition to performing, Sherry also teaches privately at her studio, located in Phoenix, AZ. Many of her students partake in the Music Development Program assessments each year. http://www.musicdevelopmentprogram.org/

Music career[edit]

Classically, Sherry performed with the Brockport Symphony Orchestra[5] from 1986-1988, and with the Greece Symphony Orchestra[6] from 2003-2004. From 2000-2005, she performed with the Silver Tones Flute Choir, NRG! Flute Duo, Caprice Flute Trio, Trillium Flute Trio, Canatabile Flute Quartet, Central AZ Flute Ensemble, AZ Flute Society Alle Breve Flute Choir, and the National Flute Society Professional Flute Choir.

In other genres of music, she has performed with harpist VeeRonna Ragone, guitarists - Ric Flauding,[7] John Calvert,[8] Pete Gitlin,[9] Pedro Perez, and Drew Diego Bennett. In 2014 Sherry became a member of Fiona Joy's Blue Dream Ensemble[10] which tours internationally.

Her journey into the world of New Age music started in 2009 with her first album in her healing series, Sanctuary. She continued the series by adding Sanctuary II: Earth in 2011 and Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream. Her collaboration with guitarist Darin Mahoney in 2013 brought about an album intended to help those going through a major illness, such as cancer, titled Transformation. Transformation won Album of the Year 2013 from One World Music in the UK. www.oneworldmusic.co.uk . The 2014 release of Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream moved Sherry into the national and international spotlights by being selected as CD of the Month on the 25+ years long running NPR show, Echoes, www.echoes.org in January of 2015. The album was nominated by the Zone Music Reporter Awards www.zonemusicreporter.com for Best Album – Acoustic 2014, as well as Best Album Acoustic 2014 by One World Music. www.oneworldmusic.co.uk Her video of Song for Rex, which was written for her grandson with Down Syndrome garnered attention with the DS community when hundreds of photos of children with DS were submitted to her for use in the video, which helped to bring awareness about the different levels and conditions of DS.

2015 has brought about collaborations with other well-known artists such as Native American flutist Mark Holland from Autumn’s Child. www.autumnschild.com , and GRAMMY Award Winning guitarist Paul Speer. www.paulspeer.com . Flute Flight, recorded with Mark Holland, will be released in June of 2015. Sherry is also working with guitarist Darin Mahoney on a second duo album by the Finzer Mahoney Duo.

Sherry has studied with long-time teacher and mentor Glennda-Dove Pellito[11] in Rochester and has also taken lessons and masterclasses with Goran Marcusson,[12] Dr. Bradley Garner,[13] Nestor Torres,[14] Michel DeBost,[15] Mimi Stillman,[16] Brian Luce, Jill Felber,[17] Claudia Anderson[18] and Leone Buyse.[19]

Sherry started her own record label in 2006 called Heart Dance Records. www.heartdancerecords.com The label has continued to grow to 6 artists, including, Sherry Finzer www.sherryfinzer.com , Darin Mahoney www.darinmahoney.net , Scott Cossu www.scottcossu.com , VeeRonna Ragone www.vharp.com , John Calvert www.johncalvertmusic.net , and Jocelyn Obermeyer, and will be expanding over the next several years, as well as her affiliated music promotions company, RS Promotions www.rspromotionsus.com , which helps musicians with marketing and getting their music heard on radio stations around the world. Former Windham Hill Artist Scott Cossu www.scottcossu.com will be releasing his next album, Safe In Your Arms, under the Heart Dance Records label in the fall of 2015. Heart Dance Records also has a concert series, with the first show taking place in July 2015.

On Live365 you can listen to Sherry’s streaming radio show called Heart Dance Radio, which features a wide variety of artists who fall into the New Age genre category. www.live365.com/heartdanceradio

Sound[edit]

Sherry’s sound is influenced by the types of music she plays, by the artists she collaborates with, and by the instrument she uses. She uses various types of flutes to create her pieces, where the sounds of wind instruments are mixed with Gregorian chants, ethereal sounds, natural and other ethnic instruments to create a relaxing sound. In other performances, she mixes electronic sounds with 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…calms and yet piques the senses,” and have compared her sound to “the rush of water in a desert gorge.” At other times, her playing evokes celestial images of "comets and asteroids zooming through space...with the music becoming a springboard for...playful fantasies.” Echoes Radio show host, John Diliberto, describes her music as “winged ambient chamber music exploring deep ambient terrain.”

Discography[edit]

  • 2005 – Masquerade
  • 2006 – Desert Journey
  • 2007 – Radiant Sky
  • 2009 – Sanctuary
  • 2009 – Pasion Y Rosas with Diego Andres
  • 2009 – Guitarra del Sol with Diego Andres
  • 2009 – Christmas Picante – dulce VAS
  • 2010 — Unexpected—dulce VAS FX
  • 2011 - Sanctuary II: Earth
  • 2012 - Someone Like Me
  • 2013 - Transformation - Sherry Finzer & Darin Mahoney[20] Winner of Best Album 2013 One World Music[21]
  • 2014 Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream Nominated Best Album Acoustic by ZMR www.zonemusicreporter.com and One World Music www.oneworldmusic.co.uk
  • 2015 Flute Flight – with Mark Holland

Performances/Appearances[edit]

Solo
  • Old Town Center of the Arts-Cottonwood,AZ
  • King of Glory Church-Tempe, AZ,
  • Scottsdale Artwalk-Scottsdale, AZ
  • Esperanza Lutheran Church - Phoenix, AZ,
  • Tempe Marketplace-Tempe,AZ
  • National Flute Association Conventions in Albuquerque, NM, Pittsburgh, PA, San Diego, CA, Anaheim, CA
  • The Chapel – St. Louis, MO
As a Guest Artist
  • Fiona Joy - Zone Music Reporter Awards 2014, Hollywood Piano Dec 2013
  • Clay Aiken's Joyful Noise Tour 2012 - Phoenix, AZ
  • Anthony Mazzella – Unity Church of Sedona in Sedona, AZ
  • Mark Holland-Autumn’s Child – Franciscan Retreat Center in Paradise Valley, AZ
  • Diego Andres – Creative Life Center in Sedona, AZ
  • Goran Marcusson – Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale, AZ
  • Gary Schocker – Phoenix College in Phoenix, AZ
  • Christopher Caliendo – Albuquerque, NM and Scottsdale, AZ
  • Scott Cossu – Old Town Center for the Arts – Cottonwood, AZ
  • Scott Cossu – Mountain View Lutheran Church Concert Series – Phoenix, AZ
  • Mark Holland – Rennaisance Native American Flute Festival – Flagstaff, AZ
As Finzer/Mahoney Duo
  • Unity Church of Albuquerque – Albuquerque, NM
  • Sedona Creative Life Center – Sedona, AZ
  • King of Glory Church Concert Series – Tempe, AZ
  • Mountain View Lutheran Church – Phoenix, AZ
  • Tlaquepaque – Sedona, AZ
Former Collaborations
  • Dulce VAS (flute/electric harp jazz fusion)
  • Diego Andres (nuevo flamenco band)
  • Radiant Sky (flute/guitar duo)
  • Trillium Flute Trio
  • Nobody Et Al (vocals, guitar, electric cello, flute and percussion)
  • CAFÉ (Central AZ Flute Ensemble)
  • Cantabile Flute Quartet
Radio Interviews

Awards[edit]

Flute Competitions: 1st Place

  • Rochester Flute Association 2002
  • Rochester Flute Association 2004
  • National Flute Association – Newly Published Music – 2006 Pittsburgh
  • National Flute Association – Professional Flute Choir – 2006 Pittsburgh
  • Great Southwest Flute Fair – 2006 Tucson
  • National Flute Association – Professional Flute Choir – 2007 Albuquerque
  • Great Southwest Flute Fair - 2007 Tucson
  • Arizona Flute Society – 2008 Phoenix
  • Rush – Henrietta Alumni Hall of Fame

Recording Awards

  • One World Music - Best Album 2013 for Transformation
  • One World Music – Best Album Acoustic 2014 for Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream
  • Zone Music Reporter – Best Album Acoustic 2014 for Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream
  • Echoes - #1 on Echoes Chart and CD of the Month for January 2015 for Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream
  • Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nomination - New Age - Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream

Associations[edit]

  • National Flute Association
  • Arizona Flute Society – Vice President and Program Chair (2011)
  • Rochester Flute Association
  • GRAMMY Recording Academy Member
  • The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)
  • Arizona World Music Initiative (AZWMI)– Founder and President
  • Pearl Flute Performing Artist
  • World Flute Society
  • NARIP

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