A Noteworthy November

By |2019-11-01T03:45:45+00:00November 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Greetings, One & All~ Having spent a good bit of October on the road, in the air, over the ocean, in hotels and in airports, it's good to be back in Arizona and working closer to home for a spell. This noteworthy November starts immediately on Day One, so read on now for all the good news this month (and a transformational glimpse ahead into early December) in this issue of your A 440 Newsletter! RCNQ Aloha The R. Carlos Nakai Quartet delivered and received much aloha in Hawaii last month, as exemplified in this photo-and-video enhanced review. Mahalo to all [...]

October Gold

By |2019-10-02T00:00:33+00:00October 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Greetings, One & All~ I'm grateful for the golden glow of October in the Sonoran Desert as the early morning air grows cool, the midday sky turns pure azure, and the midnight stars become glittering gemstones set in obsidian. After a long, hot summer and a drier-than-average monsoon season, I'm also grateful for the unusually abundant early autumn rain we've received as two Pacific storms have passed through The Old Pueblo. And as always, I'm grateful to have good news to share with you in this October issue of your A 440 Newsletter. Enjoy! Being Heard The R. Carlos Nakai Trio [...]

Autumn Awakening

By |2019-09-03T00:59:40+00:00September 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Greetings, One & All~ As we desert dwellers awaken from the lucid dream of another Sonoran summer into the refreshing energy of the autumnal equinox, your September A 440 Newsletter brings news of an upcoming tour, an album release, a classic interview, a river of rhythm, and of course photography and poetry. Enjoy! Island Breezes The long-held dream of introducing the global native fusion vibe of the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet to Hawaii will become waking reality with our four-island October tour. Aloha! Breathe Easy The new Heart Dance Records album The Space Between Breaths by the elemental trance groove duo [...]

Cool Refreshments for Hot August Nights

By |2019-08-02T00:58:44+00:00August 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Greetings, One & All~ With the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing having coincided with my 65th birthday, July flew by with extraterrestrial velocity and yet was filled with the stillness of inner space right here on Earth. As the mystery and magic of the monsoon season envelops us in Sonora, I trust you'll find some cool refreshment in this hot August issue of your A 440 Newsletter. Enjoy! Nakai & Clipman Your intrepid sonic explorers of the outer reaches of inner space R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman will bring the latest iteration of their global native fusion sound to [...]

July Jewel

By |2019-07-02T01:25:08+00:00July 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Greetings, One & All~ Having been on the road for most of the last three months (12,000 miles through 20 states) I'm happy to say that July will be light on work and heavy on play, and that your July A 440 Newsletter is being delivered with gem-like concision and clarity. I wish you all hot fun in the summertime! Heart Dances Sherry Finzer, Darin Mahoney & Will Clipman will reunite for a rare Trialogue concert on July 2nd at Friendship Village in Tempe AZ. Also, watch this space for updates on the release of the new Heart Dance Records CD [...]

Late Bloomin’ & More Zoomin’

By |2019-06-02T23:47:56+00:00June 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Greetings, One & All~ Having thus far covered 10,000 miles through 18 states (giving credence once again to the adage old drummers don't die, they just keep driving to the next gig) The Great West Meets East 2019 Spring Tour continues into June, beyond what had been covered in your April-May combo A 440 Newsletter. So, with appreciation for your understanding of the fluidity of the time-space continuum during this creatively engaged and peripatetic period, here's a look forward to what's ahead and backward at what just happened. Enjoy! Solstice Festival The final leg of The Great West Meets East 2019 [...]

Two Zero One Nine: April Showers AND May Flowers

By |2019-03-27T01:08:30+00:00March 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Greetings, One & All~ I'm sending out a combined April-May issue of your 2019 A 440 Newsletter early to cover a peripatetic stretch of roadwork with abundant April showers and bunches of May flowers. Enjoy a lovely early Spring and be in touch! Wildly Ethereal Michael G. Ronstadt and I knocked it out of the park in March at LandMark Sound Recorders with whiz-kid Peter Dalton Ronstadt at the board, and are moving on to mixing and mastering an album's worth of amazing cello and world percussion cuts for the 2019 release of Wildly Ethereal. One of the highlights of the [...]

Two Zero One Nine: A Most Memorable March

By |2019-03-05T02:53:29+00:00March 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Greetings, One & All~ Time marches on, and 2019 is parading by at an astounding pace. March has already been and will continue to be most memorable here in Willyworld, so enjoy all the good news in this issue of your A 440 Newsletter before March is but a memory in the march of time! POP March roared in like a lovable lion on Friday March 1st with three Planet of Percussion performances for students at Villa Montessori School in Phoenix AZ. Judging by their enthusiastic engagement and post-performance kudos, a good time was had by all! photo courtesy Teale Bloom [...]

Two Zero One Nine: Full-on February

By |2019-02-03T05:12:51+00:00February 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Greetings, One & All~ February is full-on here in Willyworld. Enjoy all the good news in this issue of your A 440 Newsletter and have a fabulous February in your world as well! First Friday The festivities began promptly on Friday February 1st with R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman performing a benefit concert for Arizona State Museum Educational Programs at First United Methodist Church in Tucson AZ in conjunction with Canyon Records. 30-second video clip from our opening improv: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCTzAYwnX9c&feature=youtu.be video courtesy Shery Christopher Videography SOLD OUT! In my role as a performing artist, my two favorite words are SOLD [...]

Two Zero One Nine: Notes From The Winter Solstice Full Moon

By |2019-01-08T03:59:54+00:00January 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Greetings, One & All~ My apologies for your missing December 2018 A 440 Newsletter. Technological malfunctions exacerbated by Mercury Retrograde prevented my sending it; and if your in-box was as jammed with holiday spam as mine was, it may have been a blessing in disguise. I've included some December highlights in your January 2019 issue, along with new good news and upcoming events. Enjoy! Fully il-LUMI-nated Thanks to all the staff and crew at Desert Botanical Garden, and to the hundreds of visitors to Planet of Percussion over the course of the event, for my most enjoyable and successful Las Noches [...]

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