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Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream

by Sherry Finzer

Enjoy a meditative journey with Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream. Award winning flutist Sherry Finzer blends the ambient sounds of her flute with sounds from nature along with electronic textures to create timeless, soul-soothing music for the listener.
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1. The Way
8:26 album only
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2. Hallelujah
6:10 album only
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3. Beyond the Dream
6:05 album only
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4. Frost Runes
7:02 album only
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5. Amazing Grace
6:09 album only
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6. Another Time and Place
8:16 album only
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7. Wayfaring Stranger
6:23 album only
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8. Grace
6:58 album only
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9. Song for Rex
5:53 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sanctuary II: Beyond the Dream received nominations from both Zone Music Reporter and One World Music Radio for Best Album Acoustic 2015, and was selected as CD of the Month on the long-running show Echoes, heard on NPR/PRI stations in January 2015.

Sanctuary 3 (Beyond the Dream)
Written by Steve Sheppard

There are some things in life worth waiting for, and there are some artists who you just hope and yearn for to release another album to placate your musical desire to be satisfied, Sherry Finzer is one of those rare musicians, who are so beautiful in their approach to their art, that you just cannot wait for new material to hit your senses.
The new album Sanctuary 3 (Beyond the Dream) is a step forward in her career, and this is an album dear reader that I would advise you to take a lot of time over, it is sublime, it’s moving, it’s simply delightful, like track one, entitled The Way, a slow and ponderous thought provoking composition, with a under pinned gentle beat that takes you on a journey into the very heart of this majestically performed album.

Finzer isn’t just a good flute player, she is a woman who truly has found her calling, something about her reminds me of a female Deuter, listen to track two and you may see a comparison, the beautiful floating flute hovers over our senses, like the mist over a lake at dawn in summer. She then goes on to give us the most haunting rendition of the classic Hallelujah, an emotive piece in its self, but in my opinion Finzer has added a new level of passion to this arrangement.

With a deft hand we arrive at the location of the title track, it’s of course called Beyond the Dream and here Finzer creates a real arrangement of ambient bliss, filled with such melodic and memory filled playing, there is just something special about her style, it is as if she can make time stand still with her instrument and in this sumptuous title track she does just that, the tempo is unique and almost inner dimensional, a truly peace filled performance.

The subject of winter is always a fine instrument to give any artist a palette to work with, within the piece Frost Runes, Finzer creates a moody and crisp composition, not only does she do this extremely well, she also uses some divine instrumentation to give an almost static feel to the arrangement, through the chimes and sombre refrains, she produces a track of a silvery presence, the dreaming fields and January sunrise, are all catered for in this almost Pink Floyd like harmonic arrangement, without doubt one of the finest tracks on the album, or perhaps of all time?

From Hallelujah to Amazing Grace, and this brought back a mountain full of memories for me, I lay in bed last night dear constant reader, and I trawled through various tracks that had been my very first induction into the world of music and this is one of them. Traditional pieces can sometimes be fraught with danger to rework, but Sherry Finzer has some very powerful magic in her flute, that somehow creates a musical wisdom that captures the sprawling wake of many years, and transforms a much worked composition into a soulful and almost southern style flute exploration of this classic.
With a natural soundscape we enter dear reader and listener, into the world of the next track, called Another time and Place, Finzer’s flute is always the catalyst for greatness, and yet again, were treated to a piece that pours a timeless barrage of brilliance, upon every cell of our musical light bodies. This is a track that captures in essence, a moment of time, that is in fact out of time, this is both sensual and graceful, and a composition that has such a soft and tender feeling to it, perhaps with the sounds that accompany it, a meditation moment can be found here?

We now move to Wayfaring. My first thoughts when I heard this piece was, that it took me way back to the 1991, and an album called Zen by flute legend Terry Oldfield. There is a real feeling of energy here, and with the storm sounds creates probably the most powerful track off the album, there is an almost latent narrative of movement across lands un-travelled here, and possible dangers yet to find. This is one amazingly powerful and outstanding arrangement, and reminds me of a more intense version of the music that was featured on the film “Picnic at Hanging Rock”
One of the words I found bouncing around in my head, whilst writing this review was “Wow”, when we move dear reader and listener to the track Grace, you will see why, this is the penultimate track off the album and it is so emotional I can truthfully feel a tear forming in my eye, and my loving heart is now beating much deeper than before, with such a deftness of skill, Finzer performs a track that has such depth, it takes me back to the days of Tim Wheater, and I have an almost insatiable desire to recite one of my poems to this beautiful piece.

So we are once again at the end of another album, Sherry Finzer has taken us on a journey through sight and sound and her map has been Sanctuary 3 (Beyond the Dream). She finishes with a gentle and loving composition called Song for Rex, another sublimely performed track that really says it all about this album and about the artist.
Sherry Finzer is a woman who has beauty within every note of every album she has ever produced, she is a woman who knows her musical heart, and has produced an album here of outstanding natural beauty, and as such dear constant reader and listener, you would be very wise to make this part of your ever growing collection.


“Music that Touches the Soul” – Ascentor

“If the sound of peace seems to escape, then you put on Sherry Finzer's album and find just what you are looking for. It is music that produces a feeling of quietude that lets you dream, grow, think or heal with the press of the PLAY button.” – RJ Lannan – Zone Music Reporter

“I can’t go a day at work without listening to Sherry’s music. It has such a subtle, peaceful sound that I find it creates calm in my mind & body, which is always helpful during a hectic work day.” – Lenora Whitmire - New Leaf Distribution

Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream is Sherry Finzer’s 11th album, and her third in her solo Sanctuary series.

This new album features a mixture of songs composed and performed by Sherry, and a few well-known tunes such has “Hallelujah”, “Amazing Grace”, and “Wayfaring Stranger”. Sherry arranged and recorded “Frost Runes”, written by composer Tom Febonio, who also wrote “White Sky in November” which Sherry recorded with Darin Mahoney on their duo album Transformation (winner Best Album of 2013 – One World Music). She also arranged and recorded “Grace” written by internationally known Australian pianist Fiona Joy (Little Hartley Music-fionajoyhawkins.com.au). Guitar tracks on “Amazing Grace” recorded by Darin Mahoney (darinmahoney.net)

Original compositions on Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream are “Another Time and Place”, “The Way”, “Beyond the Dream”, and “Song for Rex”, which was written for Sherry’s first grandchild, due in December of 2014. As with Sherry’s first two releases in the Sanctuary series, Sherry’s flutes are surrounded by sounds of nature, along with electronic effects and synth pads. Especially unique and interesting is Sherry’s version of “Wayfaring Stranger”, which generates a haunting vision of an Arizonan desert soundscape during the state’s monsoon season.

All songs recorded on alto flute with the exception of “Hallelujah”, recorded on Sherry’s Pearl 14k rose gold concert C flute.

For more information about Sherry visit www.sherryfinzer.com

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One World Music

Somethings are just worth waiting for, and this is one of them!
There are some things in life worth waiting for, and there are some artists who you just hope and yearn for to release another album to placate your musical desire to be satisfied, Sherry Finzer is one of those rare musicians, who are so beautiful in their approach to their art, that you just cannot wait for new material to hit your senses.
The new album Sanctuary 3 (Beyond the Dream) is a step forward in her career, and this is an album dear reader that I would advise you to take a lot of time over, it is sublime, it’s moving, it’s simply delightful, like track one, entitled The Way, a slow and ponderous thought provoking composition, with a under pinned gentle beat that takes you on a journey into the very heart of this majestically performed album.
Finzer isn’t just a good flute player, she is a woman who truly has found her calling, something about her reminds me of a female Deuter, listen to track two and you may see a comparison, the beautiful floating flute hovers over our senses, like the mist over a lake at dawn in summer. She then goes on to give us the most haunting rendition of the classic Hallelujah, an emotive piece in its self, but in my opinion Finzer has added a new level of passion to this arrangement.
With a deft hand we arrive at the location of the title track, it’s of course called Beyond the Dream and here Finzer creates a real arrangement of ambient bliss, filled with such melodic and memory filled playing, there is just something special about her style, it is as if she can make time stand still with her instrument and in this sumptuous title track she does just that, the tempo is unique and almost inner dimensional, a truly peace filled performance.
The subject of winter is always a fine instrument to give any artist a palette to work with, within the piece Frost Runes, Finzer creates a moody and crisp composition, not only does she do this extremely well, she also uses some divine instrumentation to give an almost static feel to the arrangement, through the chimes and sombre refrains, she produces a track of a silvery presence, the dreaming fields and January sunrise, are all catered for in this almost Pink Floyd like harmonic arrangement, without doubt one of the finest tracks on the album, or perhaps of all time?
From Hallelujah to Amazing Grace, and this brought back a mountain full of memories for me, I lay in bed last night dear constant reader, and I trawled through various tracks that had been my very first induction into the world of music and this is one of them. Traditional pieces can sometimes be fraught with danger to rework, but Sherry Finzer has some very powerful magic in her flute, that somehow creates a musical wisdom that captures the sprawling wake of many years, and transforms a much worked composition into a soulful and almost southern style flute exploration of this classic.
With a natural soundscape we enter dear reader and listener, into the world of the next track, called Another time and Place, Finzer’s flute is always the catalyst for greatness, and yet again, were
treated to a piece that pours a timeless barrage of brilliance, upon every cell of our musical light bodies. This is a track that captures in essence, a moment of time, that is in fact out of time, this is both sensual and graceful, and a composition that has such a soft and tender feeling to it, perhaps with the sounds that accompany it, a meditation moment can be found here?
We now move to Wayfaring. My first thoughts when I heard this piece was, that it took me way back to the 1991, and an album called Zen by flute legend Terry Oldfield. There is a real feeling of energy here, and with the storm sounds creates probably the most powerful track off the album, there is an almost latent narrative of movement across lands un-travelled here, and possible dangers yet to find. This is one amazingly powerful and outstanding arrangement, and reminds me of a more intense version of the music that was featured on the film “Picnic at Hanging Rock”
One of the words I found bouncing around in my head, whilst writing this review was “Wow”, when we move dear reader and listener to the track Grace, you will see why, this is the penultimate track off the album and it is so emotional I can truthfully feel a tear forming in my eye, and my loving heart is now beating much deeper than before, with such a deftness of skill, Finzer performs a track that has such depth, it takes me back to the days of Tim Wheater, and I have an almost insatiable desire to recite one of my poems to this beautiful piece.
So we are once again at the end of another album, Sherry Finzer has taken us on a journey through sight and sound and her map has been Sanctuary 3 (Beyond the Dream). She finishes with a gentle and loving composition called Song for Rex, another sublimely performed track that really says it all about this album and about the artist.
Sherry Finzer is a woman who has beauty within every note of every album she has ever produced, she is a woman who knows her musical heart, and has produced an album here of outstanding natural beauty, and as such dear constant reader and listener, you would be very wise to make this part of your ever growing collection.
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