The Empress by Flautist Sherry Finzer

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The Empress is the final collection in the series and has been created with the sense of seeking fresh moments in time; reflecting on and establishing connections to hopes, dreams and goals.

At the beginning of 2023 world acclaimed Flautist Sherry Finzer decided to create a series of Flute Meditations to be recorded at the Tank. This is a unique venue for sound reverberation. The series was titled The Gratitude Project with each release consisting of five mediation pieces.

As with all pieces recorded at the Tank, there is a divine element to the recorded sound of a single note reverberating in the confined metal space, which offers incredible variance of tone, timbre and magic to the captured moment.

Raven Song is the first track on the Empress album.

Commencing with the ethereal The Raven, dedicated to the majesty and intelligence of these large, glossy black birds which symbolize prophecy, insight, transformation, and intelligence. The Greeks also considered them as messengers of the Gods, originally white in colour.

The Empress Within celebrates the power of women to create, rebuild and re-establish fresh frontiers and new beginnings with the use of powerful, yet delicate notes that float, coming together to create a powerful harmony.

Folklore has it that trees are the dwelling places of sacred spirits and hold the knowledge of healing and medicine. Buddhists consider the Bodhi Tree as the most sacred of all whilst in the Celtic tradition the grand and majestic Oak is considered to be the keeper of the Earth’s secrets and wisdom.  The mysterious nature of this sacred power had been paid tribute to in Sacred Trees, a gentle, soft and drifting song.

The final song in the collection is Invoking the Spirit of wisdom, connectedness and grounding to be found in Mother Earth. A fitting and reflective piece to conclude not just this EP but The Gratitude Project with a profound and spiritual meditation.

Website                                 https://sherryfinzer.bandcamp.com/album/the-empress
Distributor                             Bandcamp
Artists                                   Sherry Finzer
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Review By Janet Mawdesley


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