By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
Flutist Sherry Finzer says music—any music—can heal.
But her brand of new age music can calm and soothe those suffering through the COVID-19 pandemic, so the Anthem resident is giving away copies of 12 of her 20 albums.
“I record new age, relaxing flute music,” Finzer says. “I started doing driveway concerts for my neighbors, until the stay-at-home order.
“Then, I sat at a table in my driveway, asking my neighbors if they would like relaxing music for healing or comfort. The cars stop and people will take CDs. I have so many people walking, biking and running through our neighborhood. It’s cool to see them stop and take the music.”
Fans are welcome to stop by her house or ask her to deliver the music by contacting her at email@example.com.
Finzer’s musical journey has taken her from classical to jazz, pop, world and flamenco. Her music is fueled by stories shared by listeners and fans, as well as her experiences.
“I have been in the Phoenix area since 2005,” she says. “Before moving here, I was doing more classical music in community orchestras and teaching. When I moved to Phoenix from Rochester, New York, I started playing with different musicians in different genres of music.
“I ended up moving into the new age genre around 2009. I’m releasing music with the intent of creating relaxation and helping people fall asleep.”
Specializing in low flutes—alto, bass and contrabass—Finzer releases her albums through her Heart Dance Records, a label that features artists with a focus on healing music.
“I started with just my music, and then I started bringing other artists to the label,” she says. “There are more than 45 artists who I work with. I promote the music to radio stations.”
Finzer’s music can be heard on SiriusXM Spa Channel (68), Pandora, Spotify, Music Choice Soundscapes, Galaxie Spa Channel, Calm Radio, River of Calm, Journeyscapes, international radio programming, multiple airlines and overhead music channels.
Before the pandemic, Finzer frequently performed at the Musical Instrument Museum, the Desert Botanical Garden and other spots around the United States. Listeners often find her music “unexpected,” she says.
“Sometimes they don’t know what they expect,” she adds.
Her musical partner is finger-style guitarist Darin Mahoney of Chino Valley. She and the former Tempe resident met in 2011.
“People are just really moved by the emotion they hear in the music,” says Finzer, who performs with the Finzer Mahoney Duo, Majestica and Trialogue. “We love doing house concerts, where we share the stories behind the music. Darin is a stage-four liver cancer survivor and his music is inspired from that experience.
“We speak each other’s language in a way. He’s the long-lost brother I never had.”
Sherry Finzer is giving away physical copies of the following CDs:
• “Whispers from Silence”
• “Somewhere New”
• “Sanctuary II: Earth”
• “Sanctuary III: Beyond the Dream”
• “Sound Currents”
• “A Journey for Mankind”
• “Christmas Picante”
• “Christmas from the Heart”
Finzer is especially interested in teaming with assisted-living homes/centers or hospitals. For more information, visit heartdancerecords.com or sherryfinzer.com.