Sunday, December 8, 2013

CD Review – Transformation, by Sherry Finzer and Darin Mahoney

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.

--Raj Manoharan

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