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Native American flute music at Sunday Night Unplugged

Local Native American flute artist Charles Martinez will be the featured guest musician at 5 p.m. this Sunday for Sunday Night Unplugged, a monthly meditation service provided by St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.

Martinez is a native of Pagosa Springs and began playing the Native American flute following a serious illness. He found the music of the flute to be an important source of healing. He learned to handcraft his own flutes in the traditional fashion, each flute unleashing its own unique sound and musical “personality.” Martinez composes his own songs based on the musical sounds of nature and his own spiritual response to those sounds.

“I am particularly excited about having Charles play for Sunday Night Unplugged,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “His music speaks to me personally in a very special way. It does not have tunes in the ordered sense of those we go away humming or singing. Rather, the music possesses a very pure natural quality, a quality that reminds us of the ‘otherness’ of God, the intangible unknowable aspects of the Holy Spirit. As we begin this new year, I am hopeful that this music will assist many people as they stop to meditate and pray for direction for the days and months ahead.”

Last October, Fr. Doug invited Martinez to provide meditational music for the worship services that introduced the daily sessions at the Diocesan Convention, an annual meeting of clergy and elected representatives of the Episcopal church from around the state. Each session began with the sounds of Charles Martinez playing the Native American flute, followed by five minutes of complete silence before any spoken worship took place. The effect was profound, according to Fr. Doug. “There was no question that his music invoked the power of the Holy Spirit and helped to set the stage for a very successful, uncontentious meeting of our leaders. We all went away united and empowered in our mission to serve.”

Sunday Night Unplugged is a monthly 5 p.m. service offered free to the general public by St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Each month, a guest musician is featured, offering music to enhance personal prayer and meditation.

“It is my wish that my music will help others release emotions, and find peace and harmony as they listen to the sounds of the flutes,” says Martinez.

For more information about St. Patrick’s or Sunday Night Unplugged, call the church office at 731-5801, or go to www.stpatrickspagosa.org.

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