Friday, April 14 | 7:30 p.m.
Winter/Spring 2017 Concert Series
Two cutting-edge contemporary instrumental trios share the MIM Theater stage on Friday, April 14th when Trialogue and the William Eaton Trio join forces for a spirited and sophisticated evening of original music. Featuring Sherry Finzer on flute, Darin Mahoney on acoustic guitar, and Will Clipman on percussion, Trialogue fuses elements of classical, jazz, Americana, and world music in a sound that is by turns soothing, energizing, and mesmerizing. Featuring renowned harp guitarist William Eaton on multi-strings, Claudia Tulip on flute, and Will Clipman on percussion, the William Eaton Trio explores the outer reaches of world chamber fusion in lush harmonic textures interwoven with inventive melodies and driven by a pan-global pulse. This don’t miss double bill promises to elevate and enlighten audiences with an eclectic, acoustic-electric vibe.
Sherry Finzer is an international award-winning flutist, composer, and performer. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, she performs as a soloist and with her guitarist Darin Mahoney, Native American flutist Mark Holland, Australian pianist Fiona Joy, Windham Hill pianist Scott Cossu, and other local, national, and international musicians. She is known for her variety of musical styles, and performs as a Pearl Flute Performing Artist, Guo Flute Performing Artist, and Recording Artist for Heart Dance Records. Musically, Sherry has evolved from a classical, competitive flutist to recording acclaimed new age music albums. Reviewers have described her playing as “deeply haunting . . . calms and yet piques the senses.” Echoes Radio host and contemporary instrumental music critic John Diliberto has referred to Sherry’s sound as “winged chamber music.” Explore Sherry’s creative world further at sherryfinzer.com.
Darin Mahoney blends his country and bluegrass styles into gentle contemporary instrumental melodies. In 2013, he released a collaboration album with flutist Sherry Finzer, called Transformation, which won Album of the Year from One World Music in the UK. His song “Confused,” from his solo album In the Grain, was placed in the documentary Absent. GRAMMY-winning guitarist and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman has said, “Darin’s stock in trade is melody. The forms are traditional and familiar, but the melodies, heartfelt without exception, are all Darin’s. The overall impression is of being in place you know well and love deeply, but being suddenly amazed one afternoon that the view is so spectacular.” Darin is a luthier and performs and records on his hand-built guitar made of koa wood and cedar. Explore Darin’s creative world further at darinmahoney.net.
Will Clipman began playing his father’s drums and his mother’s piano at the age of three. He played his first professional gig at fourteen, and has since then mastered a pan-global palette of over one hundred percussion instruments in addition to the traditional drum set. Will has received seven GRAMMY nominations, including one for his solo world music album Pathfinder. He is a three-time Native American Music Award Winner, a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Winner, a New Age Reporter Music Award Winner, a two-time TAMMIE Award Winner, and has been inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum. Will has recorded over sixty albums, including over thirty for Canyon Records, where he is regarded as the house percussionist. In addition to his solo work, Will performs and records with R. Carlos Nakai and William Eaton, among many other internationally-acclaimed artists and ensembles, and has toured throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Germany, Morocco, and Russia. His solo Planet of Percussion performance and workshop takes audiences of all ages on a world tour of rhythm and polyrhythm. Explore Will’s creative world further at willclipman.com.
William Eaton Trio
William Eaton is widely acknowledged as the world’s foremost designer and builder of innovative guitars and multi-stringed instruments and is a founder and Director of Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix, Arizona. A four-time GRAMMY Nominee, Eaton records for Canyon Records and tours nationally and internationally. A recipient of the 2015 Arizona Governor’s Arts Award, Eaton has composed for and performed with the William Eaton Ensemble, Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra, Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, and Amadeus Trio among others. He has performed and collaborated with R. Carlos Nakai, Will Clipman, Claudia Tulip, Allen Ames, Mary Redhouse, Arvel Bird, Edgar Meyer, Anthony Mazzella, and Fitzhugh Jenkins. Along with his wife Christine, William is the co-Director of Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood, Arizona. Explore William’s creative world further at roberto-venn.com/faculty/william-eaton.Back to Concerts