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Native American flute featured at Sunday Night Unplugged

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Photo courtesy Charles Martinez Native American flute player Charles Martinez will offer music for meditation at this Sunday’s Sunday Night Unplugged service, at 5 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.  The church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.  The public is invited to attend.

Photo courtesy Charles Martinez
Native American flute player Charles Martinez will offer music for meditation at this Sunday’s Sunday Night Unplugged service, at 5 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.  The church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.  The public is invited to attend.

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. I am hopeful that this music will assist many people as they stop to meditate and pray for direction and peace in their lives.”

In 2011, Martinez was invited to play at the Colorado Episcopal diocesan convention to open their daily worship services. Each service began with about five minutes of Martinez’s mesmerizing flute music.

“The people of the diocese still talk about how lovely it was,” says Neel. “A number of them have gone on to purchase their own flutes and learn to play. Charles truly set a wonderful peaceful mood for the whole convention.”

Sunday Night Unplugged is a monthly service offered free to the general public by St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd, next door to the hospital. 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,” said 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.

This story was posted on March 7, 2013.