Native American flute serenades Sunday Night Unplugged

Photo courtesy Charles Martinez
Charles Martinez will offer the sounds of the Native American flute at this week’s Sunday Night Unplugged at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church this Sunday evening at 5 p.m.

By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW

Local artist Charles Martinez will offer the mystic sounds of the Native American flute at this week’s Sunday Night Unplugged at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church this Sunday evening at 5 p.m.

Sunday Night Unplugged, which began in January 2009, is celebrating its ninth year of monthly services of music and meditation. On the second Sunday of each month, local artists generously offer their music to enhance this uniquely beautiful hour of quiet contemplation.

Martinez has a gift for taking his listeners into another realm. While listening to the haunting sounds of the flute, one can easily envision the beauty of creation; a walk in the woods, sitting on the pinnacle of a mountain, listening to the gentle sounds of wind in the aspens, the river flowing over rocks or the birds singing in the trees.

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.

The evening will also welcome guest priest, The Rev. Will Fisher, from Basalt, Colo. Fisher will be here in Pagosa as a part of a pulpit exchange and will also serve as priest for the morning worship at St. Patrick’s. Fr. Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s, will be in Basalt at St. Peter’s of the Valley where Fisher is rector, preaching and officiating at their Sunday service of communion.

Sunday Night Unplugged is free and offered at 5 p.m. on the second Sunday evening of every month. The public is invited to attend. St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. For more information, go to www.stpatrickspagosa.org or call 731-5801.

This story was posted on August 12, 2017.