Sherry Finzer is an international award-winning American flutist and composer, based in Phoenix, Arizona. 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, 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…calms and yet piques the senses.”
Altogether she has recorded 12 CD’s; the latest in the Sanctuary series, Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream, was nominated for Best Instrumental Album (Acoustic) 2014 by Zone Music Reporter, One World Music, and was chosen as CD of the Month by Echoes Radio, which is broadcast on 130 radio stations throughout the US. Last year’s collaborative effort with guitarist Darin Mahoney, Transformation, was awarded One World Music Best Album of 2013. Her newest release is a collaboration with Native American flutist Mark Holland, called Flute Flight, released June 2015.
Finzer has performed onstage with Clay Aiken, Australian pianist Fiona Joy, and Windham Hill artist Scott Cossu. Sherry’s last 3 albums were up for consideration in the first round of voting for the Grammy Awards in 2010, 2012 and 2013. In addition to her work as an artist, Finzer is also the founder and president of the local non-profit Arizona World Music Initiative, and offers private lessons at her studio in Phoenix.
In 2014, Sherry became a member of Fiona Joy's Blue Dream Ensemble, which tours internationally. Her solo albums Sanctuary, Sanctuary II: Earth, Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream, Transformation, Desert Journey, Someone like Me, Masquerade and Radiant Sky are available as a CD or as digital downloads, and can be purchased at a variety of online music sales sites including CDbaby, Amazon, and iTunes. More information about Sherry is available on her website: sherryfinzer.com.
Finzer also hosts a radio show, called the Heart Dance Radio Show on Live365 (www.live365.com/heartdance) which airs 24 hours a day, and also a monthly show called Crossing Boundaries which is heard on www.oneworldmusic.org.uk.