Sherry Finzer & Darin Mahoney | Transformation

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by Sherry Finzer & Darin Mahoney

An elixir of notes and melodies blended and aged to create an emotional experience that tells a tale of Transformation. Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Clamsville Studios by John Herrera.
Genre: New Age: Healing
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Alger St.
Sherry Finzer & Darin Mahoney
5:08 album only
2. Confused
Sherry Finzer & Darin Mahoney
7:16 album only
3. Reflection
Sherry Finzer & Darin Mahoney
5:20 album only
4. Early Spring
Sherry Finzer & Darin Mahoney
6:54 album only
5. Joplin
Sherry Finzer & Darin Mahoney
5:20 album only
6. White Sky in November
Sherry Finzer & Darin Mahoney
4:40 album only
7. Jane's Song
Sherry Finzer & Darin Mahoney
7:00 album only
8. The Door
Sherry Finzer & Darin Mahoney
5:54 album only


Album Notes
Transformation won Album of the Year 2013 from One World Music Radio - UK.

Guitarist Darin Mahoney and flutist Sherry Finzer created Transformation with the intention to help others, whether it be a stressful event, and illness, or just the need for relaxation. The songs are quite emotional, as Darin shares his story of surviving Stage 4 cancer through his music.

Alger St and Joplin recreate memories from Darin's childhood, The Door is about opportunities that are presented to us throughout our life, and how we choose the doors that make up our lives. Confused conjures up feelings about Darin's experience after waking up from his coma after his chemotherapy treatments, and Jane's Song was written for violist Jane Hilton, who dealt with and successfully battled breast cancer. Reflection stirs up tender memories for Sherry of her love and devotion to her children. The melancholy melody of White Sky in November was dedicated to Sherry by composer Tom Febonio. Darin's composition of Early Spring is about the renewal and awakening after going through a major Transformation in life.

Alger St., Confused, Early Spring, Joplin, Jane's Song and The Door were written by Darin Mahoney (BMI). Reflection was written by Sherry Finzer (ASCAP), and White Sky in November by Tom Febonio (ASCAP).

Transformation was recorded, mixed and mastered by John Herrera at Clamsville Studios.

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Helena Dee

Some instruments just sound wonderful together. Such is the case of flute and acoustic guitar. That sound is what you will hear from the duo Sherry Finzer & Darin Mahoney on their first album together, TRANSFORMATION.

This music is soft, gentle, melodic, peaceful, and inspirational. It is ideal for listening enjoyment, but also relaxation, meditation, healing, inner-journeying, light-athletic-workouts (including yoga), intimate socializing and times of personal motivation.

Classically-trained Finzer really soars to the heavens with her flute playing. Mahoney -- a longtime rodeo cowboy and country-and-folk musician -- exhibits sparkling acoustic-guitar finger-picking. Previously both have been solo recording artists, but on their debut album as a duo, they make music perfect for any new age music lover.

Raj Manoharan (

The RajMan Review
The entrancing flute playing of Sherry Finzer and the intricate guitar handiwork of Darin Mahoney come together on this intriguing duo album.

Finzer plays Pearl and Guo flutes and Mahoney plays a custom acoustic guitar that he handmade himself (he's also a professionally trained luthier). Mahoney's guitar starts off many of the tunes, with Finzer's flutes weaving their way in and through them. The duo also receive some musical support from Jane Hilton on viola, guesting on a song written and named for her.

As the title suggests, the music is transformational in that it helps listeners escape from the hectic pace of everyday life and find peace and solace in the serenity of the woodwinds' and strings' gentle vibrations. But don't be lulled by the quietude of Finzer and Mahoney's humble offering – there's quite a bit of musicality on display in their compositions and performances.

This is a nice change of pace for those seeking one.

BT Fasmer

Music for the heart and soul
The album Transformation by Sherry Finzer and Darin Mahoney is about remembering and learning from past experiences. It is filled with beautiful songs that speak both to the heart and soul. I was not surprised when this album recently won the One World Music Best Album of 2013 Award. I very much like the way the guitar is recorded. The sound of the strings is wonderful and very precise. The flute is mostly in the background, where it backs up the guitar and adds vibrant colors.

Transformation is one of those albums that make you feel both stronger and wiser. It is great both as background music and for active listening. Highly recommended!

Michael Diamond

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus (
Although they have performed and recorded with numerous other musical artists, Sherry and Darin deeply appreciate the acoustic alchemy they create together. On the opening track, a whisper of dreamy synthesizer sets the stage for Darin’s guitar intro. I was immediately impressed with the rich reverberant tone of his instrument, as well as the nostalgic ambience his finger-style playing evoked. At just the right moment, Sherry’s flute glides in gracefully, accentuating Darin’s delicate phrasing. People who enjoy Will Ackerman’s music will sense a kindred spirit in Darin’s playing. The composition entitled, “Reflection,” is one of Sherry’s. Like the first track, there is also an air of nostalgia about it, with perhaps a trace of wistfulness. It is a lovely haunting melody that speaks to Sherry’s talents as a composer and her ability to imbue a song with deep emotion. “White Sky In November” paints an impressionistic portrait in hushed tones of winter. Long sustained flute notes wander a stark guitar landscape with a mist of melancholy in the air. On a track called “Jane’s Song,” the duo is joined by Jane Merial Hilton on viola, adding warm woody string tones that flowed like honey.

Having greatly enjoyed Sherry’s previous solo CD’s, I was equally impressed with her role as a musical partner in a duo. Never overplaying, her notes and phrases are exquisitely chosen to perfectly compliment Darin’s tasteful and expressive guitar work. The earthiness of the acoustic guitar combined with the airy quality of the flute blend in sweet harmony creating a musical atmosphere that lends itself to relaxation, meditation, yoga, intimate moments, etc. This is music that would work equally well for active listening or as a background soundtrack, and could appeal to listeners who enjoy ambient, new age, classical, jazz, and more. I’m sure that Transformation, by Sherry Finzer and Darin Mahoney, is an album I’ll listen to for years to come.

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