Contact Dryad for your Earth-friendly event:
A Musical Conversation with the Spirit of a Tree!

 Under the name of their two person band, Dryad, ecomusicians Jon and Sabine Kurz-Sherman sing their original earth songs in celebration and defense of their California natural community.  Through an eco-centric musical styling, gentle vocal harmonies accompanied by classical guitar and flutes they made from tree branches, they weave into their lyrics the natural wonders and environmental concerns of the biodiversity hotspot in which they live.  Introductions to each of their songs are presented as an educational dialogue between Jon and a charming dryad, the spirit of an oak tree, that sings and speaks through Sabine!  Dryad's musical environmental education show inspires their audience, children and adults alike, toward a deeper appreciation and respect for their California ecoregion.

Dr. Sabine Kurz-Sherman earned her PhD in biology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, in Germany. As a scientist, Dr. Kurz published 14 peer reviewed articles and presented her research at 22 national and international conferences. When her scientific career brought her to the States, Sabine's heart opened to the natural wonders of California. Besides expressing her love of nature musically, Professor Kurz-Sherman currently teaches biology and environmental science at the college level, opening the hearts and minds of her students to ecological awareness.

Jon Sherman has been performing his original Earth songs since 1987 when he wrote "Butterfly Blue" (a song about endangered species), "Earthdance" (a song celebrating the circularity of natural systems) and "January's June" (a song about climate change). As an ecomusician, Jon has performed at hundreds of Earth-friendly events from the Biosphere 2 in Arizona to the annual Panhe Celebration at San Onofre State Park where he's been providing his music and solar powered sound system for the past fifteen years. A singer-songwriter for the Earth, Jon is dedicated to being a voice for his California natural community. As an artisan, Jon gives voice to the trees themselves through the branch flutes he's been crafting for over sixteen years.

Jon & Sabine can be heard most Sundays playing their Earth-friendly music while hosting the
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Interpretive Center.  As Dryad they are currently recording their first album together comprised of fifteen original Earth songs, to be titled: Calling Us Home.


"Big thanks to Dryad: Jon and Sabine brought us the beautiful soul-touching performance that carries powerful environmental education messages."
~ Jiali Xu, Little Oak Ranch

"Their show had something for everyone, with the children captivated by
the performance and the adults listening to each nuance of
the environmental teaching."
~ Christopher Nyerges, Mountain Views News

"Everyone I talked to loved your presentation and a couple of people said it should be an annual event!  Thanks again for your terrific performance!"
~ Fred Seeley, Placerita Canyon Nature Center Associates

"Jon and Sabine, this afternoon's program was outstanding.  Thank you!" 
~ Jay Wilson, Executive Director Mission Trails Regional Park


"Thank you both for your amazing presence.  The event was elevated by your performance. We hope you will join us for future events!"
~ David Solomon, Terra Madre Gardens

"You hit it out of the park.  Your new fan base in the desert wants you back!"
~ Leslie Gebhart, UU Church of the Desert

  "Jon and Sabine were truly amazing with their voices,
lyrics and beautiful handmade flutes." 
~ Paige DeCino, Buena Vista Audubon Society Nature Center

"A beautiful presentation and a great message as well." 
~ Jean Vought, Friends of the Vista Library

"What an incredible experience!"
~ Selene Miles, Biology Professor Grossmont College 

"I know you will love the show.  I saw Jon and Sabine at the Vista Library, everyone loved it, the music was superb and the story was perfect. The entire performance was great, a must see event, and the message is very important.  Just go, it will make you laugh and probably also make you cry, it did me."
~ Michael Thielk

Dryad's 2022 Schedule

What makes us "ecomusicians"?

Our lyrics are written from an ecocentric perspective, in celebration and defense of our California natural community.

Our stylistic aim is to sonically blend with the natural atmosphere of our ecoregion. It comes down to not scaring the birds away, but playing in a way that could entice them closer that they might contribute to our song.  And that they might hear our gratitude for their presence.

We define success as the butterfly effect of our music helping to turn the linear, unsustainable, industrial growth culture around toward circularity, rootedness, and regeneration.

We perform locally, building good relations with our human community.

We participate in local conservation, preservation and regenerative actions that benefit and build good relations with our natural community.

We give attention and effort to simplifying our own lives, lessening our ecological footprint and sinking our roots into the ecoregion where we live, learning to be home here.

Dr. Sabine Kurz-Sherman

Sabine Kurz-Sherman has nurtured a love for music and nature since studying classical piano as a young girl growing up enchanted by the green forests of Germany.  Her early work in the sciences included biotope mapping as a field biologist and electron microscopy research.  Excelling academically, Sabine earned her PhD in biology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.  As a scientist, Dr. Kurz published 14 peer reviewed articles and presented her research at 22 national and international conferences.  When her scientific career brought her to the United States, Sabine's heart opened to the beautiful yet increasingly endangered ecoregions of California, her home for 23 years now.   Professor Kurz is currently teaching biology and environmental science at the college level in the San Diego region, inspiring her students toward ecological  awareness.  Expressing herself musically, Sabine performed for 11 years with the Latin Jazz band "Cadencia" on keyboards, percussion and lead vocals, recording 3 albums with that group.  Inspired by the beauty of an old growth forest, Sabine started playing the Native American flute to express, musically, the deep love and concern she feels for the natural world.  Having learned about the branch flutes Jon Sherman was making, a musical collaboration grew and blossomed and they have been performing and sharing life together ever since.

Jon Sherman
Jon Sherman's love for the natural world was awakened at the age of two, when the wild pasture in the back of his Idaho home glowed with its welcoming life force.  His dad would later introduce him to the rivers and mountains of that beautiful region, while his mom encouraged his creative and musical side.  After moving to California, Jon continued his journey of integrating his talents in the performing arts with his love for nature.  In 1987 he designed and built a modular, outdoor wooden stage under the oaks at Descanso Gardens, a volunteered gift to the natural harmony there.  What he received in return was inspiration to start writing songs.  Earth songs, as he calls them, expressing the wonder, beauty and environmental concerns of his California natural community from an eco-centric perspective.  In 1989, as an ecomusician wanting to "walk the talk" of an original song he was singing about the greenhouse effect, Jon pioneered the use of a solar powered sound system for his performances.  He has participated in hundreds of Earth-friendly events over the years and has produced 6 albums of original music and poetry.  In 2006, Jon started hand-crafting his own branch flutes, his Dryad Flutes highly sought after now for their quality of craftsmanship, unique natural beauty and ecological integrity.  When Sabine Kurz contacted Jon in 2014 about making a branch flute for her, they recognized in each other a mutual love and concern for nature and have since merged their kindred spirits, talents and lives together through their marriage and musical partnership.

Sabine in her dryad regalia!


At the Banning Ranch Gala 2019.

At Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve.

Earth Day at Mission Trails Regional Park, 2016

At San Elijo Lagoon.
Calling Us Home
Endangered Species Day, 2022, Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center.

On The Porch at Elfin Forest
(Most Sundays, from 1pm - 4:30pm)

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