Solar Powered Flute Circles and Gatherings
around Southern California since 1993

 
Jon Sherman has been bringing his solar powered sound system to flute circles and gatherings
around southern California since 1993. 
The photos below are records of a few early events.
Although the solar generator is not shown in some of the photos, those who attended,
listed under each photo, can attest to the event being solar powered.




Autmun of 1993 
Bill Neal, Gary Lemos and Jon Sherman (monitoring the recording)
performing  under the oaks at Descanso Gardens, in La Canada Flintridge, CA,  through Jon's solar powered
sound system (not pictured).  The muisic from this recording was used in the audio cassette
"Songs From Turtle Island", with liner notes stating: This recording was made live under the oak trees at the
Descanso Botanical Gardens in La Canada, California, using the power of the sun.
It is one of the very first solar-powered recordings available anywhere, and the first (as far as we know)
Native recording using this process. The album is dedicated to our woman elders who have carried the healing spirit
and knowlege down through the generations - to the grandmothers and great grandmothers
who spread their wings over all of them, who remember the Original Instructions.





Solar powered Arroyo Seco concert, Summer of 1994

Bill Neal, Gary Lemos and Jon Sherman performing in concert, through a solar powered sound system on native American flutes and wooden recorders
at Gould Mesa Campground on a slab of concrete in the middle of the Arroyo Seco, above Pasadena, California.
Audience members were sitting up-creek of the "stage".




Group photo of the 1994 Arroyo Seco concert, flute players and audience.




Solar powered flute circle at Descanso Gardens, in La Canada Flintridge, CA, summer of 1994
left to right - Bill Neal, Henry Vasquez, "Ziggy" and Jon Sherman
empty chair was Gary Lemos (on a break).




Solar powered flute circle at Descanso Gardens,  in La Canada Flintridge, CA, July 2, 1995
left to right - Andy Torres (in white shirt holding an ocean drum)
Henry Vasquez (in maroon ribbon shirt), Tom Thompson (playing a transverse bamboo flute),
Gary Lemos (playing a Tarahumara drum) and Jon Sherman (playing a recorder)




During a break at a solar powered flute circle at Descanso Gardens,  in La Canada Flintridge, CA on Sept. 6, 1997
Jon Sherman on stage, unknown gentlemen examining a flute in front row.  Solar generator is seen to the left.





Gary Lemos, Sarah Thomson, Jon Sherman at Puvugna
Jon Sherman, Sarah Thomson and Gary Lemos at Puvugna, Oct 3, 2009
(Solar panels can be seen in the back, just behind Gary's red hat.)



Solar Powered San Diego County Flute Circle May 2010
Jon's solar powered sound system at the San Diego County Flute Circle at Mission Trails Regional Park, May 2010.
Gene and Kathy Dolphin are at the mics.



Stop Global Warming!
  Besides flute gatherings, Jon has brought his solar sound system to many events
over the years including a Rally to Stop Global Warming on the steps of the
Los Angeles City Hall in 2006.


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