With gentle vocal harmonies accompanied by guitar and self-made branch flutes,
husband and wife musical duo Jon & Sabine share their original eco folk songs in celebration
and defense of California's natural community. Theirs are love songs for a biodiversity hotspot that not long ago was paradise ~ and could be again!  
Through their compassionate, ecocentric perspective and style, they sing for the waterfalls, wildflowers, oak trees, coyotes, mountain lions and butterflies of their threatened bioregion. They sing about climate disruption and the extinction crisis.  And they sing to turn the dominant culture around toward regenerative, life-sustaining ways of living.  Jon & Sabine are currently recording their first album together, Calling Us Home, a collection of 14 original eco-folk songs, to be completed by the spring of 2021.  They have also created an original one act environmental education musical, Dryad, which they premiered on Earth Day 2017 and which they continue to perform at nature centers, libraries, schools and other appropriate venues around their Southern California bioregion. 


Jon Sherman

Dr. Sabine Kurz-Sherman

Jon has been performing his original Earth-friendly songs at nature centers and environmentally conscious events for over three decades.  As an eco musician he is dedicated to being a voice for his endangered natural community and bioregion.  As an artisan, Jon gives voice to the trees themselves through the branch flutes he's been crafting
for over fourteen years. 
Sabine earned her doctorate in biology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, in Germany.  When her scientific career brought her to the States, Sabine's heart opened to the natural wonders of California.  Professor Kurz-Sherman currently teaches biology and environmental science at the college level, opening the hearts and minds of her students to ecological awareness.

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Jon's love for nature was awakened at the age of two, when the wild  pasture in the back of his Idaho home glowed with its welcoming life force.  Later, his dad would introduce him to the rivers and mountains of that beautiful region, while his mom encouraged his creative and musical side.  After moving to Southern California, Jon continued his personal journey of integrating his love of the performing arts with his love for the natural world.  In the late 1980's he designed and built an outdoor wooden stage, under the oaks, at the beautiful Descanso Gardens, where he started performing his original ecologically conscious songs.  As an eco musician walking his talk, Jon started using a solar powered sound system in 1989 for his outdoor performances.  He has participated in numerous Earth-friendly events over the years and has completed 3 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 the natural world and have merged their kindred spirits, talents and lives together through their marriage and musical partnership.
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Sabine 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 bioregions of California, her home for twenty years now.   Professor Kurz is currently teaching biology and environmental science at the college level in the San Diego region, inspiring all of her students toward environmental 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.

At Elfin Forest Reserve

At San Elijo Lagoon

At the Panhe Celebration

At the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Interpretive Center

At the Banning Ranch Gala 2019

Earth Day at Mission Trails Regional Park

Save Banning Ranch!

Under a Sycamore Tree


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