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by Sherry Finzer, Darin Mahoney & Will Clipman

A tasteful and elegant yet earthy blend of classically jazzy flute, Americana guitar and world percussion with a distinctly Southwestern flavor.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cote d'Ivoire
Sherry Finzer, Darin Mahoney & Will Clipman
4:33 $0.99
2. Mending Fences
Darin Mahoney, Sherry Finzer & Will Clipman
4:22 $0.99
3. Midnight in Marrakech
Sherry Finzer, Darin Mahoney & Will Clipman
4:23 $0.99
4. Confused
Darin Mahoney, Sherry Finzer & Will Clipman
6:16 $0.99
5. Dark Horse
Sherry Finzer, Darin Mahoney & Will Clipman
4:00 $0.99
6. Top Down
Darin Mahoney, Sherry Finzer & Will Clipman
3:07 $0.99
7. Alger St.
Darin Mahoney, Sherry Finzer & Will Clipman
5:11 $0.99
8. Woodland Lake
Darin Mahoney, Sherry Finzer & Will Clipman
3:48 $0.99
9. Thanks for Asking
Sherry Finzer, Darin Mahoney & Will Clipman
3:29 $0.99
10. Wolf Haven
Sherry Finzer, Darin Mahoney & Will Clipman
5:15 $0.99
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Album Notes

Sherry Finzer, flutes ~ Darin Mahoney, guitars ~ Will Clipman, percussion

Imagine a breath of ancient breeze stirring the fabled Aeolian strings, accompanied by the rhythm of distant thunder and the melody of gentle rain on your window pane, and you’ll have an inkling of the subtle, sophisticated sounds of Trialogue: timeless music as old as the earth and sky, yet as fresh and new as tomorrow’s sunrise. Featuring international award-winning multi-flutist and Heart Dance Records recording artist Sherry Finzer playing concert C, alto and bass flutes; luthier and guitarist Darin Mahoney playing his self-built koa and cedar acoustic guitars; and seven-time GRAMMY® Nominee Will Clipman playing a pan-global palette of drums and percussion, this genre-transcending trio blends the depth of classical discipline with the down-home soulfulness of American roots music and the percolating pulse of worldbeat to create an entirely original sound that is at once soothing and energizing. Renowned Echoes Radio host John Diliberto has described Sherry’s sound as “winged chamber music” that entrances the ear, elevates the spirit and enlivens the mind. While the music of Trialogue richly rewards contemplative listening, it also extends an irresistible invitation to celebratory dance.

Sherry Finzer is an international award-winning flutist, composer, and performer. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, she performs as a soloist and with her guitarist Darin Mahoney, Native American flutist Mark Holland, Australian pianist Fiona Joy, Windham Hill pianist Scott Cossu, and other local, national and international musicians. She is known for her variety of musical styles, and performs as a Pearl Flute Performing Artist, Guo Flute Performing Artist, and Recording Artist for Heart Dance Records. Musically, Sherry has evolved from a classical, competitive flutist to recording acclaimed new age music albums. Reviewers have described her playing as “deeply haunting. . . calms and yet piques the senses”. Echoes Radio host and contemporary instrumental music critic John Diliberto has referred to Sherry's sound as "winged chamber music.” Explore Sherry’s creative world further at

Darin Mahoney blends his country and bluegrass styles into gentle contemporary instrumental melodies. In 2013, he released a collaboration album with flutist Sherry Finzer, called Transformation, which won Album of the Year from One World Music in the UK. His song Confused, from his solo album In the Grain, was placed in the documentary Absent. GRAMMY® winning guitarist and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman has written of Darin’s music: “Darin’s stock in trade is melody. The forms are traditional and familiar, but the melodies, heartfelt without exception, are all Darin’s. The overall impression is of being in place you know well and love deeply, but being suddenly amazed one afternoon that the view is so spectacular.” Darin is a luthier and performs and records on his hand-built guitar made of koa wood and cedar. Explore Darin’s creative world further at

Will Clipman began playing his father’s drums and his mother’s piano at the age of three. He played his first professional gig at fourteen, and has since then mastered a pan-global palette of over one hundred percussion instruments in addition to the traditional drumset. Will has received seven GRAMMY® nominations, including one for his solo world music album Pathfinder. He is a three-time Native American Music Award Winner, a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Winner, a New Age Reporter Music Award Winner, a two-time TAMMIE Award Winner, and has been inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum. Will has recorded over sixty albums, including over thirty for Canyon Records, where he is regarded as the house percussionist. In addition to his solo work, Will performs and records with R. Carlos Nakai and William Eaton, among many other internationally-acclaimed artists and ensembles, and has toured throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Germany, Morocco and Russia. His solo Planet of Percussion® performance and workshop takes audiences of all ages on a world tour of rhythm and polyrhythm. Explore will’s creative world further at



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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
“Trialogue” is the collaborative effort of award-wining multi-flutist, Sherry Finzer, guitarist, Darin Mahoney (who plays a self-built koa and cedar guitar), and Grammy-nominated global percussionist, Will Clipman. This proficient and talented musical trio has crafted a diverse album centered on variants of three main instruments, which is mostly evocative of American landscape and the scenic Southwest, although the compositions occasionally traverse along more exotic terrain.

The upbeat “Cote d'lvoire” opens the album with acoustic guitar strumming along, accompanied by flute and quasi-tribal percussion, which gives the tune a slightly world bent. It is followed by the moderately-paced “Mending Fences”, where Sherry’s flute beautifully contrasts the earthier sounding drums and guitars with its more delicate, ethereal touch. “Midnight in Marrakech” is perhaps my favorite track on the album. Beginning with distinctive ethnic percussion, it is followed by an exotic flute melody played on a middle-eastern scale. An old-world mystique permeates the piece, as one might easily imagine touring a Marrakech night market, or embarking on a sojourn into the Sahara desert beneath starlit skies. I’m also especially fond of “Confused”, which is highly reminiscent of the musical style present on Sherry Finzer and Darin Mahoney’s prior collaborative album, “Transformation”. This melancholic piece is guided by a lone flute melody, acoustic guitar and gentle percussion, which convey a sense of serenity, solitude and self-reflection. “Alger Street” also adheres to a similar, more peaceful mood, contrasting the livelier grooves of “Top Down” and “Woodland Lake”, both of which have a pronounced Americana flavor and a country beat. The enchanting “Wolf Haven” is carried just by flute and guitar, serving as a perfect closer to the album. Here one senses that they’ve reached a destination of contentment and calmness, as a cool breeze passes through under moonlight while out in the middle of somewhere.

“Trialogue” is an amazing display of fine musicianship that highlights the respective talents of each artist. It’s the perfect driving music, seeming to play out like a musical road trip, as the listener cruises along for the ride through open spaces, rocky terrain, and the desert at dusk, while occasionally, even making a fun stop along the way at a western saloon. Showcasing a diverse yet cohesive blending of styles, “Trialogue” is especially recommended for fans of acoustic guitar, Native-inspired music, Americana and instrumental bluegrass.

Steve Sheppard

from One World Music Radio
A fresh new album appeared on my desk this morning and I get the ultimate pleasure of listening to it and then writing my thought about it, I’m glad of that, because this is one excellent album and we see the return of Sherry Finzer and Darin Mahoney, only this time they are joined by percussionist Will Clipman.
Clipman’s expertise can immediately been felt on the opening track called Cote d’Ivoire and the combination of rhythm, a driving guitar and the main narrative coming the flute of Finzer, gives us a breath taking opening composition to begin our journey with.
It’s always good to make things right, make what was broken whole again and on the track Mending Fences the trio do just that musically. Mahoney’s guitar is delightfully healing and when combined with the flute, we are almost transported to a world where anything is possible; this is one beautiful song, not only stunningly arranged, but produced with complete perfection.
We now move to a whole new part of the globe, as we sample Midnight in Marrakech, Clipman excels here, with timely crescendos, a pulsating rhythm and beat, while the flute weaves in and out of the bazars, with a sultry intent and a wiggle of the hips, classic global fusion terority.
When I first listened to the track Confused from the album Transformation, I was deeply impressed, the mood sombre and sullen, but confused emotionally, as a guitarist myself I hope one day to be able produce something so deeply beautiful and emotive as this, but for now I can listen once more, and enjoy the added percussive genius of Clipman to make it even more appealing and of course the longest track off the album at well over 6 minutes.
Dark Horse is our half way marker, this flows so sweetly, and has a great sense of movement within the composition, the drums are gentle but just perfect, Finzers flute transforms the energy into one of lightness and Mahoney consistency on guitar drives this Dark Horse forever onward.
Thank you Darin Mahoney for the opening of this piece, there were a couple of chords here that I totally adored and will try and repeat later on today, this is real driving music, the energy and warmth of Top Down for me says it all, country roads, top down, music loud and sun warming the bones on a fresh new summers day.
Time to return to Alger Street, I went there musically transformed a few years back and loved every second then, here with Clipman added to the mix we can enjoy it all over again, the composition is pure class and we can bathe it its musical brilliance once more.
I love songs about water features, whether it is Oceans, Rivers, and streams or in this case a Woodland Lake. I visited Ponca Lake in Oklahoma a few times and this would have been the perfect musical accompaniment, listening to this vibrant up beat guitar driven arrangement, I can once again see the tall trees wave in the summer winds and the Eagles fly overhead.
Well we can now knock on the door of the penultimate piece off the album, the very rhythmic and slow danceable composition Thanks for Asking. Sherry Finzer really raises the bar here and then the very energy of the song is also transformed, by both Mahoney and Clipman, in a beautiful climax to a very classy track indeed.
So we have arrived at the last room of the realm called Trialogue, This is such a charming way to leave the album and a track that really emphasises the skills of the three musicians in question, this final opus is called Wolf Haven. The essence of this arrangement has a real wide open feel to it and one’s imagination can conjure up much imagery to go along hand in hand with this superb ending composition.
Trialogue is a successful combination of 3 very talented musicians, who are performing together some of the most attractive music I have heard from quite some time, you will find that this album will move you emotionally, it will make you smile and it will manifest some wonderful musical moments for your hearts and minds to enjoy for years to come, there can be no doubting that Finzer Mahoney and Clipman play from the heart, and perform from the soul, and thus have created an release that you really should make part of your musical library as soon as you possible can.

Michael Diamond (

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
The appropriately named “Trialogue” is a musical conversation between three superb musicians who collectively have numerous international awards, GRAMMY nominations, and more among their impressive list of accolades. The alchemy of Sherry Finzer’s flutes, Darin Mahoney’s guitar, and the percussion of Will Clipman is magical, covering diverse musical terrain that ranges from light and breezy to exotic and atmospheric. “Trialogue” is truly a harmonic convergence of world-class talent that will appeal to a wide audience of music lovers.

The album kicks off on a jazzy note with a bouncy toe-tapping tune called “Cote d’Ivoire.” With Darin’s rhythm guitar and Will’s djembe drum locked into a funky two-chord vamp, Sherry’s flute takes wings. The next piece, “Mending Fences,” is one of Darin’s beautiful contributions, and the intro is reminiscent of the classic Windham Hill sound in his spacious open fingerstyle guitar playing. This track has a very different feel than the first one in that it is a much more detailed composition which evolves through a number of different movements. Perhaps the most unique and certainly the most exotic song on the album is “Midnight In Marrakech.” This song is a real window into the creative interaction of the group, and to borrow a phrase from the 60’s is definitely “far-out.”

I particularly liked the light-hearted, carefree energy of a track called “Top Down.” I suspect that the title is a reference to driving in a convertible, and the song certainly evokes the feel of cruising down the road with the wind in your hair on a summer day. The sense of forward motion is enhanced by a jaunty bass line underscoring Darin’s lively rhythm and lead guitar, and the fact that Will is playing a full drum kit here. All of this makes a perfect foundation for Sherry’s high-flying flute to complete the mix. While much of Sherry’s flute playing could be described in that way, on a group-composed tune called “Thanks For Asking,” her mellow vibrato-inflected sound takes on a more haunting feel that is quite emotive.

I genuinely enjoyed every song on this album, and was constantly impressed with the level of musicianship of each member as well as the synergy of their collaboration. One of the things I appreciated about Darin’s acoustic guitar playing is his stylistic range – from his spacious suspended intros with notes that hang in the air, to folky fingerpicking, jazzy rhythms, tasteful lead guitar, and more. Sherry’s flute parts are always a perfect match for the context of each song both musically and emotionally. The fact that she uses three different flutes adds a variety of shadings and colors to the mix as well. And integrating the percussive mastery of Will Clipman into their sound was a brilliant decision, elevating the whole project to the next level. There is much magic and a bit of Southwestern mojo in the alchemy of these Arizona artists. The inspired interplay on “Trialogue” moves and grooves, drifts and dreams, and takes the listener on a journey through an enchanting variety of musical landscapes.

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