Black Moon Rising

Greetings, One & All~

Black Moon sounds ominous, but the occurrence of two new moons in one calendar month–much more rare than the Blue Moon occurrence of two full moons–is actually cause for celebration, as it represents renewal, wiping the old slate clean and being open to the fulfillment of new dreams and possibilities. In that positive spirit, enjoy this October issue of your A 440 Newsletter!

Leon Littlebird & Will Clipman at Galactic Center

Leon Littlebird and Will Clipman first met in 2012 as “Floating Artists-in-Residence” on a two-week Ancestral Voices of the Grand Canyon rafting expedition on the Colorado River. Their simpatico was immediate: not only did the mountain troubadour and the desert drummer become fast friends; they discovered an innate ability to improvise and compose together. This led to a magical post-expedition concert at Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, followed (perhaps inevitably, given their incessant individual performing and recording schedules) by a two-year divergence. Leon and Will always kept in touch, though, and kept the dream of further musical and spiritual adventures alive. Their duo concert at Tucson’s Galactic Center at 8 PM on Saturday October 29, 2016 marks the resumption of their dynamic collaboration.

What Lies Beyond

The eagerly-anticipated new R. Carlos Nakai Quartet album What Lies Beyond was officially released on September 23rd and is now available directly from Canyon Records at

http://www.canyonrecords.com/shop/index.php?app=ecom&ns=prodshow&ref=CR-7211

or from Google Play at

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/R_Carlos_Nakai_Quartet_What_Lies_Beyond?id=Bkqk7rggl654qsqeybi73yohp54&hl=en

or from Amazon at

https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Amochip-Clipman-Quartet-featuring/dp/B01LRZ7522/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1474042064&sr=8-3&keywords=what+lies+beyond+nakai

or, for those of you who frequent my website, at

http://www.willclipman.com/purchase_a_cd_or_dvd.php

WLB is also an iTunes New World Music featured title!

The Trialogue Continues

With international airplay now nearing 100 radio shows, the new Trialogue album from Heart Dance Records also continues to elicit rave reviews in the music press, like this most recent one from Blue Wolf Reviews:

Trialogue

Having logged its fifth straight month on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 chart, the Trialogue will continue on Tuesday October 11th at 7 PM with a private concert at Friendship Village in Tempe AZ.

GRAMMY® News

First-round GRAMMY® ballots will be mailed out on October 14th, and both What Lies Beyond and Trialogue have been submitted in the Contemporary Instrumental Album* category. For those of you who are NARAS Voting Members, we appreciate your consideration, and your vote if your find our music worthy of your support. For those of you who are not, we appreciate your positive energy and best wishes.

*Selection committees have been known to re-assign submissions to different categories; please review your entire ballot carefully, and please vote responsibly!

New #iamHUMAN Videos

As a way of contributing to and collaborating with Roman Orona’s #iamHUMAN video series, I’ve made my studio here at Rancho Improvisoso available to Roman for Tucson shoots. On Wednesday October 5th, Roman will shoot two new installments, one with Tucson bon vivant and cultural personality Anne Geren and one with Native American flutist, composer, cultural anthropologist and performing & recording artist R. Carlos Nakai. As an introduction to Roman’s groundbreaking work, my clip can be viewed at

November Previews

On Saturday November 5th from 10 AM-4 PM I’ll return to the Kiva Room at Western National Parks Association in Oro Valley AZ for the latest installment of my world drumming & percussion workshop series: Becoming One With Your Inner Drum.

Early registration is recommended at

National Parks Store: Becoming One With Your Inner Drum

I will also conduct private master classes at my studio here at Rancho Improvisoso on Sunday & Monday November 6th & 7th.

On Saturday November 12th at 7 PM the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet will appear at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe AZ for a mini-concert and CD-signing event in conjunction with Canyon Records Productions. Seating is limited and these shows are always SRO, so arriving early is recommended.

RCNQ will perform full concerts at the Vail Theater of the Arts in Vail AZ on Saturday November 19th at 7 PM and at the Green Valley Community Performing Arts Center in Green Valley AZ on Wednesday November 30th at 7 PM.

Advance tickets for the Vail show are now available at

http://vtota.vail.k12.az.us/?p=6680

Advance tickets for the Green Valley show are now available at

https://performingartscenter.thundertix.com/events/86837/saleable_seats?performance_id=1632637

Turning Over a New Leaf

My interview with vegan advocate Solvei McKenna was recently published on her new website VeganGreen. This wide-ranging, uplifting and entertaining conversation can be viewed at

https://vegangreen.org/pages/turning-a-new-leaf

Video of the Month

I just received this video clip from the R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman duo concert at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch last year and thought you might enjoy a little taste of Awakening the Fire–I only wish the clip showed Jorma’s encore jam with us!

Poem of the Month

I’m at work on a brand new poem about tonight’s Black Moon, but it’s not ready for prime-time; so I’ve mined the archives for this succinctly seasonal meditation on the nature of forgiveness to close your October A 440. Enjoy!

The Fall

I love the light of autumn:

the fall from grace

through space and into place,

a season between extremes

when we forgive each other and ourselves

for all we have and have not done,

and prepare together

for the darkness and cold to come.

© 2016 Will Clipman (from Wilderness in the Marrow; originally published in Heron Dance)

~May your new moon fill with bright light

and may your autumn be filled with new adventures~

A preemptive strike with kindness will often disarm a hostile confrontation.

~Guillaume Henri

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Will Clipman

musician • poet • performing & recording artist • maskmaker • storyteller • educator

phone: 520.591.0776
fax: 520.743.0650
email: williamclipman@aol.com
website: www.willclipman.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/willclipman

A Sizzling September

Greetings, One & All~

As the sun arcs lower across the southern sky and our little oasis in space approaches its Autumnal Equinox, our thoughts turn to cooler, dryer weather, and all the subtle surprises of Fall in Northern Sonora; yet even in the dog days of summer, as is often the case in Willyworld, there is an array of bright events shimmering on the horizon. Enjoy them all in joy with the September issue of your A 440 Newsletter!

Wilde Boys in Reno

The Nakai, Eaton & Clipman trio will set up base camp in Reno NV on September 13-15 for a series of mini-performances, master classes and lecture-demonstrations at the University of Nevada and in area schools and libraries, culminating with a full concert at the Nightengale Concert Hall on the UNR campus at 7 PM on Thursday September 15th.

tickets & info at http://www.unr.edu/PAS/

POP Goes Scottsdale

I’ll conduct my Planet of Percussion world music workshop on Saturday September 17th at the Appaloosa Library in Scottsdale AZ and again on Thursday September 29th at the Civic Center Library, from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM both days.

contact hverdin@scottsdaleaz.gov for more info

Trialogue + Temenos Quartet Equinox Concert

I’ll celebrate the Autumnal Equinox on Thursday September 22nd with the don’t-miss double bill of contemporary instrumental trio Trialogue from Phoenix and Tucson’s own folk-funk-fusion foursome Temenos Quartet at Monterey Court from 7-10 PM, featuring yours truly on drums & percussion with both bands!

info & tickets at
http://www.montereycourtaz.com/

Healing From the Ground Up with Myths & Masks

It’s been brought to my attention that this benchmark Myths & Masks interview with shamanic healer Leslie Gray of the Woodfish institute, produced by Lori Greenleaf for the program Healing From the Ground Up, is now available on YouTube:

Your personal copy of the Myths & Masks DVD can be obtained at

http://www.willclipman.com/purchase_a_cd_or_dvd.php

RCNQ: What Lies Beyond

The official street date for the new R. Carlos Nakai Quartet album What Lies Beyond is September 23rd, including iTunes and Amazon. On that date, you can order your personal copy of the physical CD (or get your digital download with a FREE iTunes Bonus Track) of this barrier-blasting, ground-breaking, dance-floor-filling, trance-inducing new Global Native Fusion™ release at:

http://www.canyonrecords.com/shop/index.php?app=ecom&ns=prodshow&ref=CR-7211

‘Tis the Season to Go GRAMMY®

Your humble Holder of the Heartbeat has two new titles going to The Big Dance this GRAMMY® cycle: the aforementioned What Lies Beyond with the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet on Canyon Records, and Trialogue with Sherry Finzer, Darin Mahoney & Will Clipman on Heart Dance Records.

As I try to make clear every year, submissions DO NOT equal nominations: the five Nominees in each category will be determined by the first-round ballot; then on to the award itself, to be determined by the final ballot. That said, your positive energy is warmly welcomed even at this early stage of the process!

Nerve Chorus Still Singing?!

In the Completely Out-of-the-Blue-from-Deep-in-Left-Field category comes the news that my very first solo recording, the 1985 cassette-only release Nerve Chorus, is being re-issued as 7″ vinyl by the German label VOD Records. This proto-funk-punk-rap worldbeat project is in post-production pending a late September release.

info at
http://www.vinyl-on-demand.com/HOME-1-64.htm

Video of the Month

Who says it’s always hot and dry in Tucson? This one-minute clip of an epic monsoon deluge here at Rancho Improvisoso proves otherwise!

Poem of the Month

As befits the autumnal mood of the coming season, your September Poem of the Month is a quiet reflection on the nature of love, loss and longing; and on how the essence of emotion is alchemized in the healing crucible of time. Enjoy!

Merlyn’s Alchemy

Yesterday we brought your ashes home;

last night you came to me in dream:

gamboling through house and yard

with your full-throated healthy joy.

How can it be that you’ve left the body

that no longer served you, yet live

so vividly in memory? It must be

in the nature of death’s mystery:

how grief transmutes to grace

and loss becomes fulfillment.

I have you back, whole and intact,

but still your spirit is forever free;

I can let you go completely now

and yet I never have to let you go.

© Will Clipman 2016

May your only labors this holiday weekend be labors of love!

If you’re chasing someone else’s tail
you’re not following your own nose.

~Guillaume Henri

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Will Clipman

musician • poet • performing & recording artist • maskmaker • storyteller • educator

phone: 520.591.0776
fax: 520.743.0650
email: williamclipman@aol.com
website: www.willclipman.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/willclipman

A Whole New World

Greetings, One & All~

The 8th month makes me think of infinity–the 8 lying down to sleep and dream, so to speak–and of the way each ending is also a new beginning. Here in Northern Sonora, August is a month of intense heat and vast stillness, broken intermittently by earth-shaking thunder, sky-rending lightning and torrential rain: a time of extremes, of endings and beginnings. May you find a middle way between beginning and ending in this issue of your A 440 Newsletter and indeed on the path of life itself: the continuous curve of infinity between stasis and chaos.

Read on: good news lies ahead!

#iamHUMAN

My fellow Canyon Records artist Roman Orona contacted me out of the blue recently about serving as a subject for his #iamHUMAN video project: a series of one-minute vignettes that tell the stories of people from all walks of life regardless of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, socioeconomic status, belief system or political persuasion–in their own voices and with their own selection of visual imagery–in a way that reveals our core humanity and makes our diversity something to embrace and celebrate rather than to fear and denigrate.

photo courtesy Charly Heavenrich Photography

Naturally, I jumped at the chance to be a part of this project: nothing could be more timely or necessary at this moment in human history than Roman’s vision and message. I hope you’ll view my clip at https://youtu.be/SrThruPAGRA as a gateway to the entire #iamHUMAN video portfolio and to Roman’s creative world.

Rocking the Sanctuary with Sacred Dance

When R. Carlos Nakai invited me to perform an evening of Music as Spiritual Manifestation with him in the temple at Tara Mandala I envisioned a contemplative evening of meditative sound. While there was plenty of that in our Awakening the Fire concert on July 9th, imagine my delight when a message from Lama Tsultrim Allione herself was whispered in my ear right before our finale to pump it up!

We were more than happy to oblige, and closed out a transformational evening of music with an extended dance jam that had the entire packed house polishing the beautiful wooden floor of the sanctuary to a high gloss with their bare feet.

Among the many memorable accolades showered on us at the post-concert meet-and-greet, one stood out for its uniqueness and originality: one of the ringleaders of our “Soul Train Dance-Off” dubbed us The Bad-Asses of Sound–so much for staid and stuffy stereotypes!

Awakening the Fire at the feet of the Golden Tara

RCNQ Tour Dates & Deets

The new R. Carlos Nakai Quartet album What Lies Beyond is finished and scheduled for retail release in mid-August, and the band is hitting the road to bring this incredible music to live audiences and seed the clouds with the first run of the physical CD:

on Wednesday August 17th we’ll be at eTownHall in Boulder CO: tickets & info at www.etown.org or 303.443.8696;

on Thursday August 18th we’ll be at the Rialto Theater in Loveland CO: tickets & info at www.rialtotheatercenter.org or 970.962.2120;

on Saturday August 20th we’ll be at the Four Corners School in Monticello UT: tickets & info at www.sandstoneconcerts.com or 970.243.8497;

and on Sunday August 21st we’ll be at the Durango Arts Center in Durango CO: tickets & info at www.durangoarts.tix.com or 970.259.2606.

RCNQ photo courtesy Shery Christopher Photography

TQ Studio Dates & Deets + Zocalo Feature

Temenos Quartet will return to Saint Cecilia Studios on August 1st & 2nd to record and mix the final four songs for its debut album Forecast with master engineer Steven Lee Tracy. Noted Tucson music writer, musician and impresario Jim Lipson will be popping in to document our process and preview the music for his double-feature article on Forecast and the new Trialogue CD for the September issue of the Old Pueblo’s coolest culture magazine Zocalo.

Holding Court

Thanks to all the wining-and-dining dancers who packed the tables, filled the floor, and made our Ambient Funk premiere at Monterey Court such a funky good time!

Ambient Funk photo courtesy Shery Christopher Photography

While that magical evening is fresh in your minds, mark your calendars for Thursday September 22nd: a Monterey Court double-bill with Trialogue & Temenos Quartet. Yours truly will on drums and percussion with both bands for double the dancing fun!

Tickets & info at www.montereycourtaz.com or 520.207.2429

Temenos Quartet photo courtesy PJ McArdle Photography

Trialogue photo courtesy J. Peter Mortimer Photography

And speaking of this year’s break-out contemporary instrumental trio, the latest in a virtual avalanche of airplay, rave reviews, chart placements and other accolades is this excellent exegesis by renowned music writer Bill Binkelman in Insight Magazine:

Trialogue

Sherry Finzer, Darin Mahoney, Will Clipman

Heart Dance Records

http://heartdancerecords.com/

Renowned cross-genre flutist Sherry Finzer and guitarist Darin Mahoney made one of the more enjoyable albums of 2013, Transformation, a superb blend of desert ambiance and new age melodicism. On Trialogue, the pair team up with world-class drummer and percussionist Will Clipman and the results are every bit as spectacular as Transformation with the added pizzazz of Clipman’s superb rhythms layered over Finzer’s flutes and Mahoney’s guitars. Here, the mood is less subdued than on Transformation as the music touches on jazz (“Cote d’Ivoire,” “Top Down”), folk rock (“Dark Horse”) and world beat (“Midnight in Marrakech”), among other styles. It’s a superb cruising-down-the-highway listen.

Bill Binkelman

Retailing Insight magazine

Nerve Chorus Vinyl Re-Issue

Talk about a blast from the past? Out of the blue, I recently received a request from Frank Bull at Vinyl-on-Demand, a German label that specializes in re-issuing vintage ’70’s & ’80’s cassette-only recordings, for permission to re-issue my very first solo recording Nerve Chorus as 7-inch vinyl!

After rubbing my eyes in disbelief that anyone still had a copy, let alone listened to it and loved it, I jumped at the chance to have this crazy proto-funk-punk-rap concoction made available to vinyl connoisseurs around the world.

I’ll keep you posted as this totally improbable opportunity progresses, but meanwhile here’s a scan Frank sent me of the original hand-drawn J-card from 1985, which I believe he’s going to adapt for the re-issue cover art. Yikes!

RIP Merlyn

On July 22nd our beloved animal companion and spirit guide Merlyn left his body. He was our Buddha Bear, our Druid Dog, our Little Joy Boy. He lived a full life, loved well and was well-loved. We miss him more than words can say, yet feel his presence every day.

photo courtesy Shery Christopher Photography

Poem of the Month

If you are as weary as I am of the bullying, bigotry and braggadocio that dominates our public discourse these daze, you may find–as I did in writing it–some respite and revitalization in reading the August Poem of the Month: a quiet meditation on the strength and endurance it takes to embody peace and tranquility in a violent and chaotic world. Here’s to potentiality and possibility, in the present and for the future.

A Whole New World

Never mistake

a peaceful nature

for weakness.

The mother dove

motionless on her nest

in the eave of the ramada

absolutely alert all day

in the broiling heat

is an avatar of strength.

She is not afraid of you!

She feels

the vast stillness

that awaits us all.

She hears

the deafening silence

beyond our noise.

Inside her egg

a whole new world

stirs.

© Will Clipman 2016

Photos of the Month

And coming full circle (or full figure-8, or full-infinity loop) I’d like to close with a triptych of gorgeous images by Shery Christopher that capture the endless cycle of beginnings, new growth and endings in a uniquely Rancho Improvisoso way.

Monsoon Sunrise courtesy Shery Christopher Photography

New Saguaro Arm courtesy Shery Christopher Photography

Monsoon Sunset courtesy Shery Christopher Photography

~Enjoy the daily miracles
abounding in your own backyard~

There is no what if;
there is only what is.

~Guillaume Henri

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Will Clipman

musician • poet • performing & recording artist • maskmaker • storyteller • educator

phone: 520.591.0776
fax: 520.743.0650
email: williamclipman@aol.com
website: www.willclipman.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/willclipman

Mythic Moments for July

Greetings, One & All~

On July 20th, 1969 earthlings first set foot on the moon. That also happened to be my 15th birthday, so this event has always been indelibly etched in my imagination as a mythic moment. While the events in your July A 440 Newsletter are perhaps somewhat less momentous, I trust you’ll find them entertaining and uplifting nonetheless!

Music as Spiritual Manifestation

R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman will offer a very special evening of music as spiritual manifestation at Tara Mandala on Saturday July 9th at 8 PM:

Info, tickets & directions at:

R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman in Concert

photo courtesy Robert Doyle Photography/Canyon Records

Ambient Funk Premiere

Ambient Funk will present its premiere performance at Monterey Court on Sunday July 24th from 6-9 PM. Drawing its name from a repertoire that spans the sonic spectrum from cool listening to hot dancing, this versatile trio features AmoChip Dabney on keyboards, saxophones and lead vocals; Johnny Walker on bass and backing vocals; and Will Clipman on drums, world percussion and backing vocals.

More info on this event at:

http://bit.ly/29eG9JA

photo courtesy Shery Christopher Photography

What Lies Beyond

The first new R. Carlos Nakai Quartet album in ten years is mixed and ready to master at Canyon Records. Featuring the aforementioned threesome topped off with a heapin’ helpin’ of The Maestro himself, RCNQ dishes up a delicious menu of global native fusion on What Lies Beyond guaranteed to satisfy the most discerning musical palette. Stay tuned to your A 440 for a late-summer release date and tour details.

photo courtesy Robert Doyle Photography/Canyon Records

On the Charts

Trialogue moved up two spots to #6 on the latest Zone Music Reporter chart:

http://zonemusicreporter.com/charts/top100.asp?m=5&y=2016

New Media

Music writer Robert Martin has set a new benchmark for in-depth excellence with his remarkable review of Trialogue on Gaia Prime–to say we’re honored, humbled and happy to receive such praise would be a huge understatement.

Review of “Trialogue” by Sherry Finzer, Darin Mahoney, and Will Clipman

Producer and show host Ignacio Bahillo of Musicas Imaginadas in Madrid, Spain has played multiple songs from Trialogue on his radio program and now also features the video for the album’s opening cut Cote d’Ivoire on his world music podcast.

click and scroll down to play:

https://musicasimaginadas.wordpress.com/

On the Air

Trialogue has now been played on seventy radio shows and counting, throughout the US as well as in the UK, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia and Spain, with every song on the album having been spun multiple times–it’s hard to pick one hit, but this reviewer on the Improvijazzation site likes Midnight in Marrakech the best:

Issue # 162 reviews

This just in: Trialogue will kick off July with another featured appearance on Echoes, the world’s leading ambient music radio show, with renowned producer and show host John Diliberto TONIGHT Friday July 1st:

www.echoes.org

And the intrepid Sherry Finzer (who doubles as Trialogue multi-flutist extraordinaire and President/CEO of Heart Dance Records) has also placed us on a streaming station, for those of you more technologically adept than yours truly (aka, Professor LoTech):

http://ourplaceradio.com/

In the Studio

Temenos Quartet will be back in the studio in early August to finish tracking and mixing its debut album Forecast at Saint Cecilia Studios. The limited-edition six-song EP has sold out, so expectations are high for the complete 10-song LP!

Fall Stage Preview

Trialogue and Temenos Quartet will kick off the Fall concert season with a double bill at Monterey Court on the Autumnal Equinox Thursday September 22nd at 7 PM. Each band will play a long set and then close out the evening with an encore combo jam, with yours truly holding the heartbeat throughout the entire evening!

photo courtesy J. Peter Mortimer

photo courtesy Pj McArdle

Fall Workshop Now Open

Building on the success of last Fall’s Beauty & the Beats world drumming workshop at Western National Parks Association, registration is now open for this Fall’s Becoming One with Your Inner Drum at:

National Parks Store: Becoming One With Your Inner Drum

Poem of the Month

As the new moon follows the full, so your July A 440 Newsletter returns to the mythic moment whence it began. This Poem of the Month tries to recapture the boundless belief and endless possibility of youth that all too often eludes us as we enter the latter stages of our journey on Earth, with a touch of ironic humor to lighten the way.

The Tang of Truth

I sipped the ice-cold Tang of truth

on the evening my fifteenth birthday

as earthlings first set foot on the moon,

and the grainy black-and-white boot prints

left in lifeless dust became indelibly ingrained

in my imagination as a mythic event:

no longer would that perfect cool white orb

make werewolves of mere men or bathe

death-pale vampires in its holy light;

no more would its thirteen ancient iterations

hold sway against the bloody tides of history,

no more its magic work against religion’s curse.

I came of modern age that fateful night

and took a half a century of lunacy

to make my way back to original wisdom.

Tonight, on the occasion of this rare coincidence

between the summer solstice and the full moon,

I’ll embrace the longest day and trace

the sun’s ultimate arc across the desert sky,

greet my muse as she ascends into the gathering dark

and try to recollect the broken fragments of belief.

The cereus will bloom according to their secret plan,

coyotes scat their dissonant celebratory jazz.

The awe-struck boy will live again inside the man.

~with thanks to Laurie Nikolski for the title

© Will Clipman 2016

Photo of the Month

And a picture sometimes being worth a thousand words, I’d like to leave you with a mythic visual moment: a gorgeous monsoon sunrise captured by Shery Christopher.

photo courtesy Shery Christopher Photography

~May your summer be blessed with many mythic moments~

Writers write not because we are convinced we have something important to say but simply because we love the act of writing.

~Guillaume Henri

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Sonoran Summer Solstice Salutations

Greetings, One & All~

As we approach the summer solstice and the longest day of the solar year, I’m reminded never to let an I love you or a thank you go unsaid. We always think there will be another chance to show affection and appreciation, but sometimes there isn’t. Enjoy every precious moment, and enjoy all the good news in this issue of your A 440 Newsletter!

Teaching Artist of the Month

I’m humbled and honored to share the news that I’ve been selected as the Lifetime Arts Teaching Artist of the Month for June, in recognition of my work with the Creative Aging initiative at the Chandler Downtown Library, where I conducted my Myths & Masks and Planet of Percussion workshops. You can read an interview with yours truly find out more about the award and this excellent national organization at:

Teaching Artist of the Month: June 2016

Will & Mythic Friends

In a Word

I’ll return to Chandler Downtown Library to complete my workshop trilogy with In a Word on Saturday June 25th from 10-11:30 AM. You can pre-register for this all-genres, multi-age creative writing experience at:

http://tinyurl.com/gta3lyd

What Lies Beyond

The new RCNQ album What Lies Beyond on Canyon Records is being mixed and mastered as we speak, with the goal of a mid-summer release in time for our late summer tour. We’re loving what we’re hearing, and we know you will, too!

Men in Black 4: What Lies Beyond?!
photo courtesy Robert Doyle Photography/Canyon Records

Trialogue Takes to the Air and Lands on the Charts

Since it’s April release, Trialogue has been getting a slew of airplay throughout the US as well as in the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Canada and Australia. At last count, we’ve been played on over thirty shows, with new playlists coming in almost every day from Heart Dance Records.

As reviewers have noted, it is indicative of the eclectic breadth and scope of the album that different songs are being played on New Age, contemporary instrumental, world, fusion, ambient and classical programs.

While we’re genuinely grateful to every single station that plays our music, we’re especially jazzed that three different songs have made seven different playlists on the world’s leading ambient music radio program Echoes, and the album as a whole is charting at #8 on the Echoes Top 25!

Echoes Top 25 for May 2016

Trialogue is also the current Featured Album on Best New Age CDs:

http://www.newagecd.com/featured-album/

. . . AND is at #23 on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100:

http://zonemusicreporter.com/charts/top100.asp

. . . AND this just in (as in, literally just this minute!)

Thought Radio Afterglow Top 10:

http://soundscapes.us/afterglow/playlists/2016/top10-05may.html

You can hear what all the buzz is about and order your copy of Trialogue, download your favorite songs, write your own review, or just give it a listen at:

http://www.amazon.com/Trialogue-Sherry-Finzer/dp/B01CXBYY8M?ie=UTF8&keywords=trialogue&qid=1460743352&ref_=sr_1_2&s=music&sr=1-2

Forecast: Four More Hot Tunes for TQ

Temenos Quartet will return to the cool confines of Saint Cecilia Studios in early August to complete work on Forecast, the band’s debut album. A limited edition EP of the first six songs was pre-released this spring at a rockin’ Sea of Glass Center for the Arts concert, and we’re looking forward to tracking the final four this summer and getting the complete LP mixed, mastered, manufactured and marketed this fall.

Music as Spiritual Manifestation

Looking down the river and around the bend, the R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman duo will present an evening of “music as spiritual manifestation” at Tara Mandala in Pagosa Springs CO at 8 PM on Saturday July 9th. You can register for this transformational event and learn more about this enlightened community at:

R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman in Concert

photo courtesy Robert Doyle Photography/Canyon Records

RIP Jack Miller

The life and career of legendary engineer Jack Miller were celebrated at the MIM Theater on Memorial Day. Among the many glowing tributes, heartfelt performances, vivid video projections and personal anecdotes that were shared, I was invited by Robert Doyle, President of Canyon Records and producer of this special event, to read the following eulogy I had spontaneously composed upon learning of Jack’s death:

photo courtesy Robert Doyle Photography/Canyon Records

Feeling

In the liner notes for my solo Canyon Records album Pathfinder I refer to Jack Miller as The Sonic Buddha: an unflappable font of wisdom, patience, musicality and technical skill who invariably brought out the best in me, and I suspect in every recording artist he ever worked with, from Duane Eddy to Henry Mancini to the Rolling Stones to R. Carlos Nakai. Jack was the engineer on all but three of the thirty-four albums I’ve recorded for Canyon, and his presence was keenly felt even on that thirty-fourth and most recent one, recorded near the end of his life when he was not able to be physically present in the control room. Jack forgot more than I’ll ever know about the art and science of recording, but he was always willing to listen to my suggestions and consider my requests during the creative process; he never forced his vast and comprehensive knowledge on the artists, rather allowing us to discover on our own that he’d been right all along.

Jack was all about feeling: he didn’t much care how that feeling was achieved, as long as the music felt right when it came back out of the speakers. Of the innumerable examples of this simple yet profound aesthetic I can recall over a quarter-century of recording with Jack, one stands out as the quintessential Miller Moment.

We’d been trying all day without success to find just the right drum sound for a particular song, and even though the studio was beginning to look like the Ethnomusicology Wing of the Smithsonian Institute after a tornado, none of the dozen or so exotic instruments I’d brought in gave us the right feel. Jack got up from the console, walked through the studio and disappeared into a storage room behind the main recording room. After several minutes of rummaging around, he re-emerged with a cardboard carton designed to ship 120 CDs. He handed it to me and said “Here. Play the Sacred Canyon Drum.” I thought he was joking and laughed; but he walked back into the control room, slated the take and said “We’re rolling!” And of course, the Sacred Canyon Drum—Jack’s secret weapon when all else failed—sounded great and gave the song the perfect feel we’d been searching for.

For all his expertise, Jack was one of the most genuinely humble people I’ve ever known. This brilliantly gifted engineer who’d had a stellar seventy-year career that encompassed every known genre of music and garnered Grammys, Gold and Platinum Records, and millions of sales worldwide, kept a CD of a mono mix he’d inadvertently sent to the manufacturer instead of a stereo master tacked to the wall above his mixing console. I suppose it was his way of reminding himself that even genius is fallible.

I visited Jack a couple of months before he died. His mind and body were failing him, but he recognized me and we spent a lovely afternoon weaving fact and fiction into a new chapter of music history. What I remember most vividly is how clear and blue his eyes were: I could tell the old Jack was in there, listening for the feeling. I loved him. I will miss him, as will the music.

Will playing Jack’s Sacred Canyon Drum

Poem of the Month

I thought I’d follow my own advice and close with this Poem of the Month as an example of never letting a thank-you or an I love you go unsaid. It may seem long at first glance, but the lines are very short, so it’s really a pretty quick read. Enjoy!

13

1.

I meant to write

a thirteen-line

anniversary poem

one

for each year

but of course

once I set pen

to paper

the words exploded

from the bare tree

of my mind

a shotgun-startled

murder of crows

too fast

too many

in all directions

to apprehend

so few

2.

Before you

was winter

with you

came spring

and now

in the blue

summer silence

I can think clearly

about the fall

3.

The only poem

worth writing

is the one

one writes

as if it were

one’s last

the one in which

no syllable

is not essential

no thing

not what it is

4.

How then

do I say

without cliché

that love

is a form

of divine madness

in which

the well-being

of the beloved

is more important

than one’s own

how might I write

without melodrama

that I’d have been

dead long ago

if not for you

and so

quite literally

that you are

my life

5.

Less

is more

unless more

is necessary

then less

is nothing more

than laziness

6.

Thus

the question is not

have we done

all we could have

but rather

have we done

what was needed

not

have we named

the ten thousand things

but

have we found our way

back to the three

and to the two

and to the nameless

one

7.

You waded into

this charming wreck

and built

what needed to be built

planted

whatever had a chance

to grow

tore down

that which was

in the way

disturbed nothing

that wasn’t

you raised a gated wall

around our sacred grove

created space

for work

and guests

where there had been

thorns and stones

filled empty cupboards

brought down

cool breeze

into the stifling heat

blew up

the bastion I’d built

painstakingly

around my heart

8.

My way

has always been

to make the best

of what I have

yours

to make

of what you have

the best

the way

lies somewhere

in between

we stroll

that razor’s edge

insouciantly

holding hands

each

balancing

the other

above the abyss

9.

As much as

you’ve re-made it

we both know

this is my paradise

not yours

I’m the lucky rat

who found its way home

to the desert

while you

long to return

to the mists

of Avalon

a verdant sphere

with water

everywhere

a civilized world

with all four seasons

and yet

you’ve stayed

not grudgingly

but with

relentless joy

10.

How does one

express sufficient gratitude

for such a gift

without resorting

to hyperbole

is it enough

to love as best one can

to hold up one’s end

of the bargain

keep fresh roses

in a purple vase

never let a thank-you

go unsaid

make

all that is mine

yours

‘til death

etcetera

11.

This is the part

where two ones

walk off together

into forever

separate and equal

but never alone

parallel lines

converging at infinity

two halves

of a split arrow

rejoining

in the quiver

of the heart

12.

I don’t know

that I believe in

the whole

soul mate thing

but if one has one

you are mine

13.

So

there you have it

the one

who almost got away

returns

with three words

to make of nothingness

a something

nothing can unmake

no need

to repeat them

they are all

there is

© Will Clipman 2016

Wishing one and all a scintillating summer!

If art is creation then teachers are artists who create the future.

~Guillaume Henri

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May We? Mais Oui!

Greetings, One & All~

I like to think of May as a month of possibility, of giving ourselves and others permission to discover what can happen when we let go of fear and anger and dare to embrace beauty. Give yourself permission to enjoy the possibilities in this May issue of your A 440 Newsletter!

What Lies Beyond

The R. Carlos Nakai Quartet has been in the studio at Canyon Records recording its first new album in ten years; it promises to be the most commercial recording Canyon has ever released and the best RCNQ album of all: irresistible global native fusion dance grooves propelling the signature Nakai Native American flute sound to new heights!

Canyon President & Producer Robert Doyle always jokes with me that the drum booth at the Canyon Studio was designed with me in mind, but I must say in all seriousness that this room has always felt like a sacred creative space to me; I’m delighted be back here holding the heartbeat for this capstone to Nakai’s extraordinary recorded oeuvre.

the maestro makin’ magic

yours truly holding the heartbeat. . .

. . . and deep in the groove

Amo blowin’ cool in the Big Room. . . .

. . . and Basshawk bringin’ the funk

Russ makin’ it all sound great. . .

. . . and Robert keepin’ his eyes on the prize

Hearing is believing!

Trialogue Takes Flight

On stage, in the music media, in the awards arena and in the retail realm Trialogue is taking off! Our latest CD release performance was at central Arizona’s premiere small concert venue Old Town Center for the Arts, where the trio wowed the crowd with its original blend of classically jazzy flutes, Americana guitars and world percussion, and was rewarded with a standing ovation.

Trialogue takes a bow (photo courtesy Amy Mahoney)

grinnin’ and groovin’ (photo courtesy Amy Mahoney)

Our first shipment of CDs to amazon.com sold out virtually overnight, and I’ve just added us to the Purchase Page on my website:

http://www.willclipman.com/purchase_a_cd_or_dvd.php

This movement is no doubt due in part to some wonderful press the album has been getting, including an insightful in-depth feature article by Michael Diamond in Music & Media Focus, which got over 700 Facebook hits in the first 24 hours it was posted:

Trialogue by Sherry Finzer, Darin Mahoney, and Will Clipman

And it doesn’t hurt that the album’s first single Dark Horse has already picked up its first award nomination of the season from the Hollywood Music in Media Awards:

http://www.hmmawards.com/category/2016-genre-nominees/

Ever the intrepid entrepreneur, Sherry Finzer took the chance discovery by yours truly of a wine by the same name and ran with it, pitching the song to Dark Horse Wineries as potential theme music for its ads. As the band’s resident oenophile, I’m lobbying hard for a gig at the vineyard–talk about a horse of a different color!

photo courtesy Heart Dance Records

And check out the trippy new video for the album’s second single Cote d’Ivoire on YouTube (my personal favorite image is. . . wait for it. . . the dancing puffin!)

Will Play for Water: Wilde Boys in Palm Springs

While Trialogue may play for wine, The Wilde Boys (aka, R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton & Will Clipman) will play for water in Palm Springs CA. . . literally! We’ll perform a private concert for the San Luis Rey Indian Water Alliance Conference on May 18th. I’m packing my extra-large rainstick for this gig!

Indelible Impressions

Once experienced, the possibilities and potentialities of Myths & Masks have a way of enduring and re-emerging. Of the many accolades and expressions that have resulted from my recent Rites of Spring: Myth, Mask & Personal Renewal workshop at Western National Parks Association, I’m especially struck by the fact that workshop participant Patty Whitley framed her mythic persona poem and combined it with her mask art to create this lovely display in her home:

photo courtesy Patty Whitley

Equally memorable and lasting is this recent compilation of YouTube clips from my Myths & Masks: Lifetime Arts Creative Aging workshop at Chandler Downtown Library last fall: you can select any episode from the page-right menu at

And speaking of Creative Aging, you can now you can now access my program offerings on the Lifetime Arts national roster at

Roster Profile

Tara Mandala Preview

As Guillaume Henri has sagely opined elsewhere in the A 440 Archives: For the spiritual musician, praying and playing are one and the same. Mindful of that mantra, I’m humbled and honored to have been invited to accompany R. Carlos Nakai in a concert of “music as spiritual manifestation” at the Tara Mandala Retreat Center in Pagosa Springs CO on July 9th. You can learn more about this progressive organization and our event at

R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman in Concert

photo courtesy Robert Doyle Photography/Canyon Records

Poem of the Month

Coming full circle to our May motif of possibility, here’s a brand new Poem of the Month on the very personal nature of this thing called happiness: what it is, how one might find it and hold it, the many forms it takes, its elusiveness and evanescence, the way it is inextricably interwoven with other emotions and sensations. Enjoy!

Happiness

On the western horizon

Orion takes aim at a brilliant half-moon

painting palm fronds white-gold with spilled light,

squiggling photon calligraphy on the blood red surface

of a gnarled vine zinfandel

that vibrates between my hands

to the thump of my heart.

I am so happy right now I could die

from finally figuring out what happiness means:

this dead-calm stillness in which

the quiet purr of night seems loud, this peace

of the present moment

undisturbed by past regret or future fear.

How singularly the stars gaze down

and yet how of a piece they all are, some oneness

tantalizingly within my reach

yet just beyond my grasp.

How fragile, how indestructible it all is

when time relinquishes its hold on being

and there is nothing more urgent

than honeysuckle’s overwhelming musk.

The night air is unseasonably cool

yet my leathery footsoles intuit

the day’s last warmth lingering in flagstone.

Beauty is stealthy.

I can’t die angry.

© Will Clipman 2016

May this be a month
of realized potential
for one and all!

Events that unfold efficiently, effectively and effortlessly are meant to be.

~Guillaume Henri

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April is the Cruelest Month. . . NOT!

Greetings, One & All~

Contrary to what T.S. Eliot wrote in The Wasteland (a poem and poet I greatly admire, BTW) April is not the cruelest month in Willyworld: we’ve had crazy cool weather here in Northern Sonora at a time of year when the thermometer has been known to threaten triple digits, and it’s all good news blooming in your April A 440 Newsletter!

Rites of Spring

I’ll get an early jump on April (as in, TOMORROW MORNING!) with my weekend Myth, Mask & Personal Renewal workshop in the Kiva Room at Western National Parks Association in Oro Valley AZ. A pre-registered cadre of ten intrepid inner voyagers will experience plaster bandage Lifecasting of wearable mask art, painting and three-dimensionally embellishing their individual creations according the Mythic Persona Poem each participant writes, all interwoven with themes and motifs of the Spring season as a metaphor for personal renewal. And, of course, we’ll have a ton of fun!

New Releases

All those wintertime hours in the recording studio are bearing musical fruit this Spring in the form of two fabulous new CDs: the eponymous Heart Dance Records debut LP from the contemporary instrumental trio Trialogue; and the independently-released debut EP Forecast from the folk funk fusion foursome Temenos Quartet.

Trialogue has generated quite a buzz even before its official street date of April 15th, and can be preordered and previewed at the following sites:

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Trialogue-Sherry-Finzer/dp/B01CXBYY8M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457903954&sr=8-1&keywords=190394364977

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/trialogue/id1093570258

New Age Music Guide

Upcoming album: Trialogue

Journeyscapes

http://bit.ly/1RG6P7z

Michael Diamond of Music & Media Focus writes:

The appropriately named Trialogue is a musical conversation between three superb musicians who collectively have numerous international awards, GRAMMY nominations, and more among their impressive list of accolades. The alchemy of Sherry Finzer’s flutes, Darin Mahoney’s guitar, and the percussion of Will Clipman is magical, covering diverse musical terrain that ranges from light and breezy to exotic and atmospheric. Trialogue is truly a harmonic convergence of world-class talent that will appeal to a wide audience of music lovers.

You can also enjoy a video for the album’s first single Dark Horse at

Forecast burst forth like a monsoon thunderstorm on March 26th in the form of a live CD Release Concert at Sea of Glass Center for the Arts, where Temenos Quartet raised the roof and an energetic audience polished the hardwood dance floor to a glossy finish en route to taking home copies of a limited-edition pressing of the EP.

On Stage

Speaking of CD Release Concerts, Trialogue kicks off its Spring ’16 CD Release Tour with two April shows: 7-9 PM on Saturday April 16th for the Palomino Nights Concert Series at Plaza Palomino in Tucson AZ; and 7-9 PM on Saturday April 30th at Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood AZ.

There are no advance tickets for the Palomino Nights show; this one is $10 at the door, or FREE admission with a same-day receipt from any Plaza Palomino store or restaurant (which makes a shopping-dining-concert package very attractive!).

information & advance tickets for the OTCA show can be obtained at

http://www.oldtowncenter.org/event/8th-season/trialogue-04-30.html

New Media

Excellence Reporter founder Nicolae Tanase contacted me recently through my website with an invitation to answer the question What is the Meaning of Life?

Yikes.

While I found the question ultimately unanswerable, I was deeply intrigued by the responses of other commentators, ranging from contemporary artists, healers, writers, musicians and philosophers to cosmic heavyweights such as Joseph Campbell and Mahatma Gandhi, and decided to at least attempt a response, which you can read and comment on (along with over 600 other interviews on the subject) at

Will Clipman: What is the Meaning of Life?

The environmental education video produced by Spencer McCormack for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of the Odawa Indian Tribe, which features the title cut from the CD Heart of the Wind by Robert Tree Cody & Will Clipman in its soundtrack, can now be viewed at

Canyon Records Wins Governor’s Arts Award

I’d be remiss in not sharing the good news that Canyon Records won the 2016 Arizona Governor’s Arts Award in the Small Business category, celebrating Canyon’s 65 years of producing and distributing Native American Music. Canyon President & CEO Robert Doyle would be too modest to publicize this, but as a proud Canyon Artist I wanted to spread the word about this well-earned and richly-deserved accolade.

photo courtesy Elana & Jim Thornton

Poem of the Month

Sometimes I catch myself being too busy to just be. Not good! As Guillaume Henri has sagely opined elsewhere in the A 440 Archives: One must be the song one wishes to sing. In a sense, then, I sing myself into existence, and it is only the illusory fear that (gasp!) IT WILL ALL BE OVER SOMEDAY that inhibits me from giving full throat to that song which only I can sing, simply because no one else is me. My inner and outer travels around the Vernal Equinox this year yielded the following verse meditation on this subject, which I’d like to share here as your April Poem of the Month.

Incarnation Incantation

1.

With what fearless wonder

might one meet each unfathomably

mysterious and endlessly unfolding moment

were one not obsessed with endings,

if one grasped (gasping)

that once released light never dies,

once sung the song doesn’t end;

that once one is

whatever one will be

continues to become?

2.

On my pilgrimage

to visit the Sonic Buddha

one last time I see

it’s been be a steep

and slippery slope

from what you were

to what you are,

and yet your eyes

remain luminous and large:

blue reservoirs of knowing.

We enter the body,

we leave the body;

and in between

we hope to sound

one perfect note

that keeps resounding.

3.

Williams Peak: aptly named.

You are here!

Pacific fog insinuates itself among sequoias

as we awaken in the Huichol Suite

at Lion Rock Lodge.

After weeks of heavy rain

the sky is pale blue and clear

for our first morning here.

What luxury!

Nothing more to do

than contemplate the mantra

of sun-warmed bee-buzz

and watch the epic cinema unfolding

on the insides of my eyelids:

scintillating intimations

of the psychedelic art

from central Mexico

that lines the many-windowed walls

of this Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired enclave

at the top of the world. . . .

4.

Gray today.

Raven conversation

back and forth

across rippling green valleys.

My gaze sweeps the horizon

north to south

out over forest-quilted folds

of coastal mountains

to a distant slate-gray slice of ocean sheen

between the lowest white cloud bank

and the last blue ridge of solid land.

I dissolve into the enormity of the quietude.

5.

Why are we just now discovering

the bones of an ancient race of giants?

Sometimes secrets don’t reveal themselves

til there is someone here to believe in them.

6.

This morning we awaken in cloud.

All day the soaking rain.

Then mid-afternoon the mountain

uncloaks itself

and sun pours in:

everything dripping and glistening,

drifting wisps of mist,

plump moss pillowing on rock outcroppings

and filigreed on tree trunks.

A yearling deer

stands staring in a patch of grass

and wonders what I’m doing here.

7.

I follow the trail northwest

from the base of Lion Rock

til the ridgeline meets the sky

then slip-slide down the southeast drainage

through stands of old madrone

and young Douglas fir

to where water emerges

from the mountainside

as clear and pure as water will ever be.

I stop, drink, wash off a little blood,

then follow the rivulet down

out of the treeline

and into an open sloping meadow

at the bottom of which

is the pond I’ve been seeking.

There’s the crawdad net and bucket,

the owl house nailed

to an ancient moss-draped oak.

I know this place.

I’ve been here before.

You are here!

And from here

I can find my way home.

© Will Clipman 2016

Photo of the Month

These days everyone with a smart phone fancies himself or herself a photographer; but it takes an artist’s eye and a great deal of patience and perseverance to truly capture a timeless moment and render it as an image fixed in time. I’d like to close with this shot (completely au naturel, no photoshopping!) of Sunset at Lion Rock Lodge by Shery Christopher: this is the view out the west corner window of the Huichol Suite, with a sliver of the Pacific Ocean on the far horizon.

photo courtesy Shery Christopher Photography/Dreamtime Arts

May your April be cool, not cruel!

One must be the song one wishes to sing.

~Guillaume Henri

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musician • poet • performing & recording artist • maskmaker • storyteller • educator

office: 520.743.1347
mobile: 520.591.0776
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Multifarious Musical Manifestations in March

Greetings, One & All~

Monday is get it done day, so I thought I’d take advantage of this extra Leap Year Monday in February to get my March A 440 Newsletter out a day early. Enjoy all the multifarious musical manifestations “springing up” in Willyworld this month!

Planet of Percussion

My Lifetime Arts Creative Aging workshops continue this month, with our final two hands-on sessions on Tuesday March 1st & Tuesday March 8th and our public performance on Saturday March 12th. The Planetary Players Percussion Ensemble will raise a joyous noise in the Copper Room at Chandler Downtown Library in Chandler AZ as we demonstrate our mastery of world music rhythm and polyrhythm and venture into uncharted waters of melodic and harmonic improvisation.

Free fun for all!

Trialogues in the Valley of the Sun

Tuesday March 8th will be a double-header day for the ol’ Desert Drummer as I head southeast from Planet of Percussion in Chandler to Queen Creek AZ to perform a private concert with Trialogue at Trilogy at Encanterra at 7 PM.

Saturday March 12th will be another doubleheader day for your peripatetic pan-global percussionist as I head west from Planet of Percussion in Chandler to Ahwatukee AZ for an intimate evening of contemporary instrumental music with Trialogue as we present a CD Release Preview House Concert at 7 PM in the home of multi-flutist extraordinaire Sherry Finzer. Sherry’s tasteful and elegant melodicism will be amply enhanced by the rich harmonic textures of Darin Mahoney on guitar and the resonant rhythms of Will Clipman on percussion as we perform selections from our forthcoming eponymous Heart Dance Records album.

Seating is limited so make your reservations now at

sfinzer1@gmail.com or 602.903.0348

And speaking of the new Trialogue album on Heart Dance Records, here are a couple of candid shots from our last session at Clamsville Productions in Chandler AZ where the intrepid trio has been tracking, editing and mixing with Big Clam John Herrera:

“Brushing up” on the Clamsville Custom TJS kit

El Almeja Grande y Guillermo del Ritmo in the Clamsville control room

Awakening the Fire in Green Valley

On Wednesday March 16th at 7 PM I’ll join inimitable Gold & Platinum Record artist R. Carlos Nakai in a duo concert at Green Valley Community Performing Arts Center for an evening of Native American flute and world percussion. We’ll perform selections from our GRAMMY-Nominated Canyon Records CD Awakening the Fire as well as never-before-heard improvisations, making this a one-of-a-kind musical offering just for you!

This show is SOLD OUT, but here’s the info & ticket link just in case:

https://performingartscenter.thundertix.com/

Folk Funk Fusion in The Old Pueblo

On Saturday March 26th at 7:30 PM I’ll hold the heartbeat for Temenos Quartet at Sea of Glass Center for the Arts in Tucson AZ. A band rumored to be the pagan love children of Richie Havens and Joni Mitchell, TQ features To-Ree-Nee Wolf on guitar and lead vocals, Heidi Wilson on alto sax, AmoChip Dabney on bass, and Will Clipman on drums & percussion. There will be plenty of space on the sprung hardwood dance floor at SoG to get your groove on, as well as comfortable concert seating for those who wish to chillax and trance out.

tickets & info for this don’t-miss show at

http://theseaofglass.org/events/423/temenos-quartet

*Temenos has just finished mastering it’s forthcoming EP Forecast and is striving with all due temenosity to have a pre-release limited edition available at this event for folks who’ve contributed to our indiegogo crowd-finding campaign!

Out of the Blue. . . I Hear Voices!

I recently received a delightfully unexpected call from legendary Tucson musician Bobby Kimmel inviting me to add congas to a couple of songs on the new I Hear Voices! album. As I’m sure you know, Bobby was a founding member of The Stone Poneys along with his good friend and fellow Tucson music legend Linda Ronstadt, and has gone on to play with and lead a Who’s Who of traditional music ensembles in the intervening years. Needless to say I jumped at the chance to become this vintage vocal quartet’s first drummer ever, and recorded my tracks at A Writer’s Room Studio with Bobby in the producer’s chair and engineer Duncan Stitt at the board.

I Hear Voices! courtesy LA Times

Poem of the Month

With Spring fast approaching and the warm weather having already arrived in Baja Arizona, I’m reminded of another “breathless sentence” poem I composed a few years back after a stroll through the nearby Sweetwater Wetlands: an oasis of cattail rushes, shade trees, waterfowl and wildlife along the Santa Cruz River in the middle of the Northern Sonoran Desert. Nature never fails to surprise and delight us, if only we take the time to open our senses and appreciate its wonders. Enjoy!

All That Is

yes it is

sweet

yes it is

wet

yes it preserves

sweetness and wetness

yes it is

a living breathing

endlessly reincarnating

yes

it does smell

rank and tangy

as if all the senses

were one

sensation

of life bubbling up through

and death percolating down into

this opaque integument

on which waterfowl forage

beside which turtles sun themselves

above which songbirds and dragonflies

sing and fly

into which all that says

yes

flows

and because of which

all that is

is

© Will Clipman 2016

~may the Vernal Equinox

bring you harmony and balance

and may your Spring be blessed

with new beginnings~

Never withhold a compliment or a courtesy.

~Guillaume Henri

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Will Clipman

musician • poet • performing & recording artist • maskmaker • storyteller • educator

office: 520.743.1347
mobile: 520.591.0776
fax: 520.743.0650
email: williamclipman@aol.com
website: www.willclipman.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/willclipman

Fabulous February Unfolding

Greetings, One & All~

With the first new moon of the lunar year, the days begin to become noticeably longer and the first signs of Spring begin to emerge. In keeping with that spirit of renewal and growth, a fabulous February is unfolding here in Willyworld, as evidenced in this issue of your A 440 Newsletter!

Myths & Masks

Monday-Friday February 1st-5th I’ll continue my annual Myths & Masks Artist-in-Residency at Cheyenne Traditional School In Scottsdale AZ. My fourth grade students have successfully completed their plaster bandage Lifecasts and the first half of their Mythic Persona Poems; this week we’ll be fitting the wearable mask art, painting, adding our three-dimensional sculptural embellishment, completing our poems and preparing for our community showcase presentations–a full week to say the least!

Masks for Maya

On Saturday February 6th from 10 AM-5 PM I’ll conduct a private maskmaking birthday party here in Tucson AZ. I met the birthday girl a number of years ago when she and her parents attended my Myths & Masks weekend retreat at Enchantment Resort’s Mii Amo Spa in Sedona AZ. Years later, Maya remembered that experience vividly enough to ask for Myths & Masks as her 11th birthday present. What an honor for yours truly!

Trialogue

Wednesday February 3rd will be a doubleheader day for the contemporary instrumental trio Trialogue (Sherry Finzer, flutes; Darin Mahoney, guitars; and Will Clipman, drums & percussion) as we complete tracking for our forthcoming Heart Dance Records album at Clamsville Productions in Chandler AZ with engineer John Herrera at the helm in the afternoon, then bust a rush-hour move all the way across the Valley of the Sun for a 7 PM concert at Grandview Terrace in Sun City AZ.

Three happy clams mixing it up in the control room at Clamsville

Dialing in John’s awesome TJS Custom Drums–gotta get me a set!

Arizona Alive!

Beginning on Monday February 8th and continuing through Friday February 26th I’ll conduct my annual Arizona Alive! storytelling Artist-in-Residency at Sonoran Sky School in Scottsdale AZ. Over the course of ten days, my fourth grade students will compose original stories based on their studies of Arizona history and perform them in a community showcase presentation.

Planet of Percussion

Beginning on Tuesday February 9th from 9-11 AM and continuing on successive Tuesdays through March 8th I’ll conduct my Planet of Percussion workshop for Lifetime Arts Creative Aging at Chandler Downtown Library in Chandler AZ. Our hands-on exploration of world music rhythm and polyrhythm will culminate with a public performance by the Planetary Players Percussion Ensemble on Saturday March 12th at 11 AM. . . more on that in your March A 440!

Registration is full, but you may still be able to get on a short waiting list at

www.chandlerlibrary.org or 480.782.2800

Awakening the Fire

On Saturday February 13th at 8 PM I’ll perform a duo concert with R. Carlos Nakai at Galactic Center in Tucson AZ. We’ll play themes and variations from our GRAMMY-Nominated Canyon Records album Awakening the Fire, as well as never-before-heard improvisations just for you! There are no advance tickets for this event, and of course the Gem Show is in full swing, so early arrival is highly recommended. Galactic Center is a really cool art gallery in addition to being an intimate performance venue, so spending some time in the space prior to the concert will be fun for all.

Temenos Quartet

Temenos Quartet (To’Ree’Nee Wolf, vocals & guitar; Heidi Wilson, alto sax; AmoChip Dabney, bass; and Will Clipman, drums & percussion) have completed tracking for our six-song “folk funk fusion” EP Forecast at Saint Cecilia Studios in Tucson AZ with engineer Steven Lee Tracy at the helm. We’ll be dialing in final mixes and getting the prints off for mastering this month, with the goal of having a physical CD in hand for our upcoming March 26th concert at Sea of Glass Center for the Arts. . . more on that in your March A 440!

Amo spankin’ the plank

Heidi gettin’ saxy widdit

To’Ree’Nee seriously tuning in

Big Daddy Boom Boom percussing everything within reach

R. Carlos Nakai Quartet

Yes, the rumors are true: the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet has re-formed with original members R. Carlos Nakai on Native American and classical European flutes, coronet and indigenous aerophones; AmoChip Dabney on keyboards & saxophones; and Will Clipman on drums & percussion; joined by our new bassist Johnny Walker. With a few concerts under our belts, we’re developing an entirely new repertoire of original world music for our first new studio album since 2005, and plan to record early this Spring.

The Q jammin’ outside our rehearsal studio at Rancho Improvisoso

Heart of the Wind

The title track from the album Heart of the Wind: Robert Tree Cody & Will Clipman (a perennial Canyon Records best-seller and a 2006 GRAMMY Nominee) is featured in the soundtrack for a new environmental-educational video produced by the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians in Michigan.

Poem of the Month

With the sun rising a little earlier each morning, setting a little later each evening, and arcing a little farther north on the horizon each day, I’m reminded of a “breathless sentence” poem I composed in 2013 around this time of year. I’ve revised the line breaks and trimmed the syntax a bit to make it (hopefully) a little less breathless, and I offer it here in keeping with this month’s motifs of renewal, hope and growth.

One with the Sun

Being of the sun I say

let the sun eat my body

I have less than no desire

to hide myself from that which is

at the end of the day myself

and being made of the same stuff

stars are made of I say

let the sun devour my darkness

as the stars do the night sky

let me serve up dreamy fruits of slumber

for the rising sun to breakfast on

and when the sun sets let me lay out

the evening’s banquet of sorrow and joy

with an invitation to sip the dying light

from the wine-red rim of the horizon

and since we all see finally only light

I say let the sun blind me little by little

toward that last opening of my eyes

in which all will be all

and the sun and I will be one.

© Will Clipman 2016

Be the light, be well and be in touch!

Greatness is making the exceptional look routine.
~Guillaume Henri

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Happy New Year from Willyworld

Greetings, One & All~

I don’t imagine anyone will boot up first thing this morning to see if the January issue of your A 440 Newsletter has arrived; but I’m up with the sun, my head full of lucid dreams, and I’m getting an early jump on 2016 to set the tone for a new year of timely timelessness. Happy New Year!

New Media

The feature article on my Myths & Masks workshop for Lifetime Arts Creative Aging is now published in the PBS omniblog Next Avenue. Read all about it–and other exciting LACA initiatives–at:

http://www.nextavenue.org/how-library-classes-in-the-arts-are-changing-aging/

POP Goes CDL!

. . . and on the heels of our success with Myths & Masks, I’ve been invited back to Chandler Downtown Library to conduct my Planet of Percussion world music workshop in February and March. The five workshop sessions will be on Tuesdays February 9th, 16th, 23rd, March 1st & 8th from 9-11 AM; and the community showcase will be on Saturday March 12th from 11 AM-1 PM.

Enrollment is limited to twelve and there are only a few spots left.
Find out more about the program and free registration at:

www.chandlerlibrary.org or 480.782.2800

M&M at CTS

. . . but I’ve gotten ahead of myself. . . I suppose that’s better than getting behind! From January 25th through February 5th I’ll conduct my annual Myths & Masks Artist-in-Residency at Cheyenne Traditional School with students at the other end of the creative aging spectrum:

Studio News

‘Tis the season to make records, and I’ll begin the new year with three new recording projects: one with Trialogue (Sherry Finzer on flutes, Darin Mahoney on guitars, and yours truly on drums & percussion);

one with Temenos Quartet (To’Ree’Nee Wolf on lead vocals & guitar, Heidi Wilson on alto sax & harmony vocals, AmoChip Dabney on bass & harmony vocals, and yours truly on drums & percussion);

and one with the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet (R. Carlos Nakai on Native American & European flutes, trumpet & indigenous aerophones; AmoChip Dabney on keyboards & saxophones; Johnny Walker on bass; and yours truly on drums & percussion).

Needless to say, there will be an abundance of new music to share
in the coming year!

New Release

. . . but of course, you needn’t wait for these forthcoming releases to add some awesome new music to your library: Native American Flute Music for Yoga is available right now at:

https://www.amazon.com/Native-American-Flute-Various-artists/dp/B017N5NSQW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1451671292&sr=8-3&keywords=Canyon+Records%3A+Native+American+Flute+Music+for+Yoga

This meditative collection features a veritable Who’s Who of Canyon Records artists, including R. Carlos Nakai, Robert Tree Cody, Aaron White, Kelvin Mockingbird and Tony Duncan, with subtle percussive pulsations provided by yours truly on multiple tracks.

In With The New

Shery snapped this shot of our New Year’s Eve fire last night: a perfect closing image for this New Year’s Day A 440 Newsletter. The wood we’re burning is a trunk section from a huge old palo verde that had been growing for at least fifty years between what is now the deep end of our pool and our greenhouse, its gnarled roots uplifting the more recent brickwork, reminding us that what humans construct is only temporarily overlaid on the deeper patterns of nature. The living tree provided us with cool summer shade; now, its wood provides us with winter warmth. And so it goes: out with the old, in with the new, in a never-ending cycle of ending and beginning. Enjoy it all in joy!

~Peace & Prosperity to One & All~