Kokopelli Summer Solstice Concert
Musicians Anthony Mazzella, Peter Sterling and Sherry Finzer will be teaming up for a Summer Solstice concert of beautiful music on the Thursday June 21 at Mary Fisher Theater. The concert will consisit of flute, guitar and harp. The legend of Kokopelli represents different things to different people and is a fun and interesting topic to research. In the context of this concert, Kokopelli represents the musical spirit of the southwest.
Sherry Finzer is a Phoenix-based flutist, performer, and composer who believes that music can heal. Her music can be heard on SXM 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.
In 5th grade, Sherry began playing the flute in the elementary school band in upstate NY and immediately fell in love with music, and began studying privately. By the end of the second year of band she was playing college level Bach and Handel Sonatas. She continued her classical studies throughout her school years. After a hiatus raising her two sons, Sherry returned to the competitive classical world and received many performance awards, including being selected to play at several National Flute Association conventions. In 2015, Sherry and her family moved to Phoenix, AZ, where she found new opportunities to perform with a variety of musicians and genres, including jazz, flamenco, and New Age. Upon hearing that her music was helping people in a healing manner, Sherry recorded her first New Age album, Sanctuary, and started her label Heart Dance Records in 2009. Since then she has recorded 10 New Age CDs, and 6 in other genres. Three of her collaborations have won major awards - Transformation with guitarist Darin Mahoney (2013) One World Music Album of the Year, Flute Flight with Native American Flutist Mark Holland (2015) Zone Music Reporter Best Meditation/Relaxation Album, and Trialogue with Darin Mahoney and pan-global percussionist Will Clipman (2016) Zone Music Reporter Best Acoustic Album.
Finzer's record label Heart Dance Records began taking on additional artists in 2015, with the same vision of helping the world to heal from stress, grief, mental and physical illness.
Sherry's arsenal of flutes include various Native American Flutes, Pearl 14k Maesta C Flute, Pearl Contrabass Flute, Yamaha Gold Brass Alto Flute, Guo New Voice C, Piccolo, and Bass Flute.
Visit sherryfinzer.com to hear music samples and more.
Celebrated Harpist Peter Sterlings life is a reminder to all who offer themselves as an open vessel for the Divine, that theres no stop button once Spirit unleashes its creativity. Peters response to his heavenly calling 25 years ago, blossomed into an endlessly-creative multi-media career, spanning 16 studio albums, numerous Music Awards, a book called Hearing the Angels Sing, and an impressive series of crystal- frosted Mandala art prints enough to fill a gallery. Peter also creates sacred geometry Stained Glass art, and presents dynamic workshops on the science of sound healing & sacred geometry.
With thousands of worldwide fans, Internet-radio airplay streaming constantly around the globe, and a Vibrational Healing series of albums, Peter says his 16th studio album Sacred Visions is a different kind of benchmark: it encapsulates his life experience in the legendary red rock paradise of Sedona,Az. The album also celebrates the coming together of familiar talents on this rhythmic contemporary gem, bursting with danceable world beats and infectious multi-cultural grooves. Blending the accompaniment of studio whizzes Bruce Becvar, Robin Miller, and Fitzhugh Jenkins, along with popular New Age / Smooth Jazz artists Hans Christian, William Aura, and Third Force, it is every bit healing and reflective (as Peters fans have come to expect), as it is pure joy. Sacred Visions will likely make your body irresistibly move and groove!
Success came quickly for Peter, when the music label World Disc released his first album Harp Magic which was nominated in 1994 for NAIRDs (now A2IM) Best String Album Award. In 2004 Sterlings album Hap Dreams sat at the top of New Age Radios Top 100 for 8 weeks and garnered a Album of the Year nomination. In 2005 peter signed on with renowned new age music label Real Music to release his Shadow,Mist and Light cd. Peters self released 2008 effort The Sands of Time earned a nomination for a Hollywood Music Award for Best New Age Album. His 2012 release Patterns of Reflection soared to #1 on the ZMR 100 International Radio chart, also grabbing a nomination for Album of the Year. The very next year his album Twilight Serenade ascended to the #1 position on the ZMR Chart, while the track entitled Isle of Light recently earned a Bronze medal in the Global Music Awards for 2016.While some musicians are classically trained from childhood, others are guided to their destiny later in life. It took 33 years of living before Peter heard the still small voice while working in the high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains as a ski instructor in Aspen. Soon Peter couldnt shake the notion that he was meant to devote his life to art and become a creative channel for Divine inspiration. Sedona beckoned, and Peter heeded the call without hesitation.
Exploring Sedonas remote canyons daily, and living out of his trusty van, Peter followed every Divine hunch and inspiration as a free-spirited seeker. The Celtic Harp serendipitously entered his life on a fateful day in Sedona as an answer to a prayer on how best to fulfill his unique life purpose. Now toting his harp with him everywhere he went, Peter surrendered himself completely, allowing Grace to unfold through him amidst Sedonas epic scenery and energy vortices. Having only a few lessons under his belt from the seller of the Celtic Harp, the Angels took over, guiding Peters hands and causing them to move masterfully within a few short months. No one was more surprised than Peter, whose skill-level demonstrated that of a virtuoso rather than a mere beginner.
Peter felt inspired to make drastic changes to his diet and lifestyle, switching to vegetarian living foods and immersing himself in healing treatments to upgrade his physical and energetic bodies through shamanic, chiropractic,energy healing and herbal treatments. With his newfound inner attunement, the Angels continued to reach Peters inner ear with heavenly sound transmissions, a sound which many mystics have called the Music of the Spheres.
Little did Peter know that one day his angelic music would garner testimonials from around the world for its miraculous healing effects: softening the hearts of the dying at the moment of their transition and used by mothers at the time of birth and to ease their autistic childrens suffering. For many, it has become the quintessential healing soundtrack for meditation and massage. My mission is to create music that can create an experience of transcendence in the listener; strike a chord on their heartstrings, and remind them of Home a feeling of Oneness, Peter commented.
A favorite on Internet radio such as Pandora, Sirius, XM Satellite, and Soundscapes Radio as well as United and American airlines, Peter scarcely dreamed that his music would have a massive worldwide audience back when he was recording his first 8 tracks on a cassette tape in Byron Bay, Australia and marketing it on foot around Sedona with its hand-drawn cover art. Now, through Internet Radio, CD, DVD, his website, and countless other forums, Peters angelic music will continue to reach the masses, heal lives, balance brains, open hearts, and connect people to their innate spiritual essence.
Visit harpmagic.com to hear music samples and more.
Guitar Virtuoso Anthony Mazzella began studying music on the violin at age five. He then proceeded to learn the rudiments of music on piano until falling in love with the guitar at age thirteen. Throughout his adolescence he studied with several private guitar teachers, but Anthony attributes the greater part of his education to ear training. His influences are many, but none more profound than the music and techniques of guitar masters such as Michael Hedges, Pat Metheny, Carlos Montoya, Eddie Van Halen, Andres Segovia and countless others. In the nineties Anthony shared his musical insights by teaching at Knopf Music (where he once took guitar lessons), as a private instructor, and at the Long Island School for Music and Arts. Anthony was also one of the few chosen understudies of world renowned guitar master Stanley Jordan.
Anthony began his performance career as a concert guitarist in New York City. He quickly built up a strong following performing in most every live music club in Manhattan including:The Bitter End, CBGB's, Cat Club, Cafe Wah, Birdland etc. Anthony then landed a headlining spot at the BLUE NOTE NYC just one year after street performing in front of it and spent the following years touring colleges & universities all over the USA . He then went on to performing on stages all over the world as a solo artist and as the concert guitarist for world music master Omar Faruk.
In 1997 he recorded his debut solo CD titledElectric Fingerstyle Guitar. In 2001 he recorded "BRIO" with platinum selling recording artist Chris Spheeris and was an awarded best acoustic instrumental album of 2001" by NAV. In 2002 he recorded his second solo CD titled Unity where each song is diverse in genre to showcase all the styles Anthony is capable of playing. In 2006 he collaborated with three time Grammy nominated artist William Eaton, together they composed and recorded a CD for the Electric Harp Guitar Group. In 2009 Anthony recorded 12 new solo guitar compositions rich in spirit and appropriately entitled "Heavenly Guitar". His latest recording is a fusion of Spanish guitar and Exotic music titled RITUAL.
All recordings, concert dates, videos, tickets, photos, reviews, are available on his website anthonymazzella.com.
The Kokopelli Summer Solstice Concert is Thursday June 21 and showtime is at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 advance purchase or $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Mary Fisher Theater box office or at sedonafilmfestival.org
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