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by Sherry Finzer

A healing and meditative CD to help you discover your inner being with imagery by taking you outside of your body and into another dimension, through the use of a variety of flutes, synthesized harmonies, gregorian chants, wind, and water.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Awakening
9:14 album only
2. Celestial Voyage
7:40 album only
3. Mystic Haze
10:08 album only
4. Ethereal Journey
7:41 album only
5. Fortitude
8:11 album only
6. Peaceful Drift
8:24 album only


Album Notes
Wednesday August 04, 2010
RJ Lannan - Zone Music Reporter

From the Winds of the Desert

Citizens of Phoenix, Arizona are very fortunate to have a talent like Sherry Finzer in their midst. She is an extraordinary flute player with an exceptional imagination. I am fortunate to be telling you about her most recent offering called Sanctuary. She bills it as meditative and relaxing and she is correct, but it is so much more. It is a sonic cocoon that I was able to wrap myself in and just exist. The music was a positive embrace to the spirit that allowed me to roam boundlessly free and dream exuberantly in my mind. I have to admit I was a little disappointed after I heard the first cut. I wanted more and the liners notes said just six tracks. Providentially, they were long cuts (total 52 minutes) and eventually, I was satisfied.

The album opens with the tune Awakenings that began with an industrial background, thunderous and frightening. Soon however I was soothed by the echoing sounds of the multilayered flute, the ancient voices and the captivating melody. After several listens, I was almost mesmerized and I began to sway with the music. Very powerful, very hypnotic. I was energized.

Celestial Voyage is one of my favorites. A nighttime desert sky is a breathtaking experience with countless pinpoints of light that make you feel very small. In the southwest, each star represents an individual story told by numerous ancient cultures. Stories about man’s journey on the planet, how he came to be, or why the stars exist in the night sky. It maybe the story of Kotcimanyako accidentally scattering the stars or how Coyote let the stars escape or even more profoundly, the Celestial Sisters. Sherry offers a twinkling ballad of deeply haunting flute that calms and yet piques the senses.

It was three years ago. We started our vacation in mid-January. It was cold and Tucson received ten inches of snow. The city was at a standstill. No one knew what to do. Luckily, I am from hardy New England stock and I found back roads that eventually took us north to Sedona. Sherry’s flute sings of a Mystic Haze and I can only deduce that it is the mist that surrounds Sedona. We climbed the mountains and as the clouds parted, we were blessed by a crimson vision of the mystical place. To say Sedona is awe-inspiring just does not cover it. To me it is an important part of the history of humankind carved by Nature in red sandstone. Sherry’s song brilliantly adds dimension to the magic and power of that hallowed site.

The electric droning in the tune Ethereal Journey sometimes sounds like the rush of water in a desert gorge. Or perhaps it is the same sound that comets or asteroids produce as they zoom through space, vacuum notwithstanding. The song has a delicate Oriental feel that maybe is a voyage through silk covered dreams. In any case, the music is a springboard for a plethora of playful fantasies.

With undoubtedly strong southwestern roots, the song Fortitude rekindles the flame of Native American flute with its beautiful and haunting approach. The song is a testament to the strength of countless generations of desert dwellers who survived the harsh conditions of the relentless sun and the lack of resources and still managed to make an indelible mark in man’s history.

Peaceful Drift is a tune that keeps its promise as it provides muted nature ambiance and a timeless melody. There is a wonderful current of sound that pulls you along and it takes the calmest route possible.

Sherry released her first album in 2006 called Desert Journey as part of a compilation CD. Since then she has released several other albums. She is partnered with some of the biggest names in the Arizona music scene such as John Calvert, Diego Andres and VeeRonna Ragone. She also plays in a group called Trillium Flute Trio. In addition, when she is not appearing all over the southwest or winning numerous music awards she actually has time to teach. Obviously, she is way past multi-tasking and her efforts substantiate her amazing work. Although Sanctuary is a cross between New Age and contemporary, it would feel right at home in many other genres. This luscious music is highly recommended.

Rating: Very Good+

R J Lannan, independent reviewer for the Zone Music Reporter

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Tuesday August 17, 2010
Laurie Budgar - Freelance Writer

Review of "Sanctuary":

Sherry Finzer’s latest CD, Sanctuary, is not a place to seek emotional refuge. Its opening percussive rhythms induce, rather, a state of unrest—like the feeling of electricity in the air before the first lightning strike of a summer storm. Perhaps that’s what Finzer intended; after all, the first track is titled “Awakenings,” and once we are roused by the insistent thumping, Finzer’s flute leads us on a gorgeous meditative journey. After the five-second intro, Finzer’s soulful woodwind, accompanied by Gregorian chants and tinkling bells, produces an almost hypnotic alertness, the sort that comes with listening to rain pound a tin roof—and the sort that inspires new awareness, if not comfort. From there, however, it’s an easy lapse, finally, into the soothing, ethereal notes of “Celestial Voyage.” But this disc is no standard New Age lullaby. Finzer, who is based in Phoenix, has clearly been influenced by Native American flute masters such as R. Carlos Nakai, as well as more synthesized forms of ambient music—but she brings greater diversity to her sound. For example, the third song, “Mystic Haze,” begins with melancholy notes reminiscent of Eastern Europe, then seamlessly transitions into a more upbeat melody with Indian elements, reminding us of our interconnectedness. The fourth and fifth tracks, “Ethereal Journey” and “Fortitude,” incorporate the sound of ocean surf, yet when Finzer adds in her longing, lyrical flute playing, she somehow captures the solitude and spirituality of desolate canyons and deserts. The liner notes say that Finzer plays a trio of different flutes on Sanctuary: a modern C flute, an alto flute and a Native American flute. Her unmistakable talent extends equally to each instrument, and people who think they dislike flute music—whether based on bad experiences with junior high band or Jethro Tull—may well be amazed at how multidimensional and deep the instruments sound under Finzer’s command. Rather than providing a 51-minute refuge, Sanctuary beautifully mirrors the multiple layers of the human experience and, gently but persistently, challenges listeners to explore them. —Laurie Budgar

Tuesday October 27, 2009
Cheryl Goldberg-Austin, TX - Massage Therapist

I just wanted to thank you for your CD. It is beautiful music and I have used it many times already when giving massages. It is very relaxing and calming. I think it would be perfect not only for massages but also for doing yoga or meditating with, or just to have as back ground music to calm the soul from a hectic day. I wish you great success with it and I know you will bring a lot of joy and peace to those who listen to your music.
Tuesday October 27, 2009
Lori Guarino - Marketing Director -

"Sanctuary" is a sure prescription to forget the worries of your day! As soon as I began listening to these six expertly composed and performed pieces… I found myself effortlessly transported to a dimension rich with textures and hues I have never experienced before. This is a gorgeous set of compositions with an intoxicating range and depth – sure to help you forget whatever was bothering you before you started to listen!



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Quietud y bienestar!
Sanctuary es el segundo lanzamiento de la premiada flautista Sherry Finzer, artista que ha compartido escenario con grandes músicos: guitarristas, dúos de viento, pianistas, arpistas... un largo etcétera. Usando varios tipos de flautas, Finzer ha creado seis piezas de larga duración, donde el dulce y apacible sonido de estos instrumentos de viento se mezclan con cantos gregorianos, sonidos etéreos, naturales y demás instrumentos étnicos que ayudan a crear un estado de relajación absoluto. Perfectas composiciones que logran sumergir al oyente en un placentero viaje.

La primera pista del CD se titula "Awakenings". El comienzo de una inquietante percusión y cantos gregorianos acompañan a la flauta de Sherry. La melodía de esta pieza tiene un poder de sedación increíble; el extenso sonido que reproduce la flauta, junto a la lejana percusión, las hipnóticas voces, y sobretodo, el curso lineal de la misma, sin sobresaltos ni variaciones, hacen que este tema sea difícil de escuchar hasta el final, entrando en un profundo sueño. Me gusta!.

En "Celestial Voyage", Sherry mezcla sonidos electrónicos con sonidos étnicos, pero siempre sin romper la paz y la calma que caracterizan a sus piezas. De curso muy lento, Sherry apuesta por un comienzo de sintetizador, como si gotas de agua cayeran y cuyo relajante sonido se une a una cortina de "sweet dreams". En esta composición, Sherry prescinde de la percusión y utiliza un fondo, casi imperceptible y misterioso de synth pad que sirve de base para La flauta aparece de forma discontinua ,dibujando una melodía suave y tierna. Pura quietud!.

La pieza más extensa de este trabajo es "Mystic Haze", más de diez minutos. La pieza más étnica de todo el CD, posee un toque misterioso y con fuertes aires orientales. La flauta de Sherry, más presente en este tema, es acompañada por unas tablas y un instrumento de cuerda que juntos, dan vida a un tema que traslada al oyente al lejano oriente, pero con una melodía tranquila, desconcertante y oscura. Mi preferida sin duda alguna!.

El relajante sonido del mar es el fondo musical de "Ethereal Journey". Un solitario viaje por un ambiente marítimo, donde los pensamientos son la única compañía en ese periplo. La melodía es desconcertante, tan relajada que llega a inquietar al oyente y donde el sonido de la flauta realza la sensación de soledad, mostrando un escenario donde sólo predomina el color azul. Una pieza sumamente angustiosa!.

En "Fortitude" la lluvia hace su aparición con el sonido de una tormenta; una tormenta que no sobrecoge con sus fuertes estruendos, todo lo contrario, calma. Sherry prescinde de cualquier instrumento y sólo se apoya en el sonido de la naturaleza para improvisar una melodía acogedora con su flauta. En ocasiones, la flauta hace un paréntesis para dar protagonismo al poder calmante del agua. Aunque es una pieza carente de musicalidad, más bien ambiental, el poder calmante de esta es sorprendente. Otra de mis favoritas!.

Nuevamente, surge el sonido de la mar, pero en este caso, acompañado del canto de gaviotas, brisa... "Peaceful Drift" mezcla dos instrumentos con el sonido ambiente, la bella flauta dulce de Sherry y un instrumento de cuerdas. Posiblemente, la pieza más cálida de todo el álbum, que aún siendo tranquilizadora, es fácil imaginar un cielo claro y un sol espléndido. Un final perfecto para este CD, logrando un bienestar extraordinario. Me gusta!.

Sanctuary es paz, relax, quietud, descanso... Cualquier adjetivo que apele al bienestar está incluido en este CD. La mezcla del dulce sonido de la flauta de Sherry Finzer, junto a los sonidos ambientales del mar, el viento, las aves e instrumentos étnicos, hacen que sea uno de los CDs idóneos para disfrutar en los momentos más relajados del día, ayudando a encontrar el estado de relax deseado. Sanctuary es un viaje fascinante e introspectivo, recomendado para calmar el alma!.


Michael Diamond

Colors of the Southwest and beyond...
Sherry Finzer is a multi-talented musician and recording artist, who breathes life into a variety of flutes including the modern C flute, the alto flute, and the Native American flute.“ Sanctuary,” which was a 2010 Grammy semi finalist for best new age album, often reflects the colors and feel not only of the Southwest, but of more subtle dimensions as well. Sherry’s playing is exquisite as she shows her versatility in the various compositions. I appreciated that the compositions were extended - mostly from around eight to ten minutes in length, giving the listener ample time to become absorbed in the meditative spaces created. “Sanctuary” takes in diverse elements of music, nature sounds, and electronic textures and provides a sheltered creative space for them to blend.