Dryad
     
An Eco-folk Musical in One Magical Act!
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jon and Sabine Sherman


Dryad

Sabine and Jon Dryad Script
Dryad is pulling out all the stops this year, as eco-folk musicians, by bringing the power of theater into what we do.  Not just a play, but a musical, with eight original tree-friendly songs!  The story tells of a dryad, the spirit of an oak tree, inspiring a man, through music and the magic of nature, to help save her forest.  Although intended as a family friendly show, the play is not written as children's theater.  Rather, with its enchanting ecological insights, we hope to appeal to the heart and mind of everyone who loves nature.



From the premiere performance of "Dryad" at Mission Trails Regional Park:





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Dryad is the musical partnership of Jon and Sabine Sherman who express through their original eco-folk songs and improvisations on self-made branch flutes a deep love for the natural world, with concern for its preservation and restoration. Embracing a bioregional perspective, they perform locally at many Earth-friendly events around Southern California, singing for the rights of nature and for the creation of regenerative human culture.
Dr. Sabine Kurz-Sherman has had a love for music and nature since studying classical piano as a young girl growing up under the green forests of Germany.  After earning her PhD in biology, her career as a scientist brought Dr. Kurz to the United States, where her heart opened to the beautiful yet increasingly endangered ecoregions of North America.  She now teaches college level biology in the San Diego area and is a certified yoga instructor, helping to open the minds and hearts of her students to environmental awareness.  Expressing herself musically, Sabine performed with the Latin Jazz band Cadencia on keyboards, percussion and lead vocals, recording three CDs with that group.  A deeply spiritual experience in an old growth forest inspired a quest to find a flute that could better express the deeper realization of Life that had opened up to her.  Having learned about the branch flutes Jon Sherman was making, a very special friendship was born. Jon Sherman's love for music and nature was nurtured from an early age -- by his dad, an avid outdoorsman, introducing him to the rivers and mountains of Idaho, and his mom encouraging his creative and musical side.  Moving to Southern California in the late 60's, Jon continued his journey of integration, blending his talents in the performing arts with the joy, peace and inspiration he finds in staying connected and in good relationship with the natural world here.  As an eco-musician Jon has been using a solar powered sound system since 1989, participating in many local environmentally conscious events and completing 3 CDs of original, bioregionally focused music: "Butterfly Blue", "Under The Oaks" and "On The Marsh".  Having played wooden recorders since the early '70s and the Native American Flute since 1993, Jon started hand-crafting his own branch flutes 10 years ago, finding in their creation a synthesis of his creative interests and ecological concerns.  His Dryad Flutes, made with respect for the Earth first, with sensitivity to the spirit of the tree and its natural community, are highly sought after by musicians and collectors for their beauty and high quality of sound and responsiveness.

Contact: dryadflutes@gmail.com

Some Dryad memories:








 At our Earth Day concert at Mission Trails Park




Sabine's Flute Prayer for Hambacher Forest
 
Performing "Butterfly Blue", a song about the endangered
Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly, at a house concert for
"Resources for Uncovering Wonder".


Dryad at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Earth Day


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Mission Trails 2015 
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Dryad at Earthroots Festival Dryad at Celebrate Ballona
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