Greetings, One & All~
I trust this finds everyone well-rested and re-invigorated following a long and relatively labor-free Labor Day holiday–unless, like your humble narrator, your passion is your work; in which case it’s all a Labor of Love! I have a slammin’ September slated and I’d love to see most if not all of you at one or more of the following special events:
On Tour with the Wilde Boys
In early September I’ll embark on a Rocky Mountain High Tour with the legendary Wilde Boys (R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton & Will Clipman) including shows at:
Francisco Crossing in La Veta CO on Thursday September 11th at 6:30 PM;
Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs CO on Friday September 12th at 7:30 PM;
Info & tickets at: www.stargazerstheatre.com
and at Aspen Lodge in Estes Park CO for the Universal Consciousness Festival on Saturday September 13th at 7:30 PM.
Info & tickets at: www.universalconsciousnessfestival.org
The Three Wilde Bears bringing world peace through music to Russia
Myths & Masks in the Kiva Room
On Friday September 19th at 2 PM I’ll perform my solo Myths & Masks show in the intimate environment of the Kiva Room at Western National Parks Association in Oro Valley AZ. This concert features my original mask art, mythopoetic storytelling and world music; AND you’ll receive a FREE Myths & Masks DVD with your purchase of any of the three CDs I’ll have on offer at this show!
Info and advance tickets at: 520.622.6014 or www.wnpa.org
World Premiere Performance of Temenos Quartet
On Saturday September 20th at Galactic Center in Tucson AZ at 8 PM I’ll celebrate the autumnal equinox with the world premiere performance of the Temenos Quartet. Comprised of To-Ree-Nee Wolf (voice & acoustic guitar), Heidi Wilson (alto sax & voice), AmoChip Dabney (bass & voice) and Will Clipman (drums & percussion) this stellar new ensemble plays all-original Music for the New Timeline: your body will move and your mind will groove!
Info at http://www.solarculture.org or http://www.facebook.com/GalacticCenter
Planet of Percussion Performance & Discussion
On Sunday September 21st at Christ Church United in Tucson AZ at 11:45 AM I’ll perform my other solo show Planet of Percussion: an audience-participatory all-ages tour of world rhythm and polyrhythm. The mini-concert will be followed by a Q&A discussion, and CDs will be available for purchase at a special “boxed set” discount.
Will celebrating the spirit of rhythm with his POP family
Myths & Masks Master Class
On Saturday & Sunday September 27th & 28th from 9 AM-3 PM each day, I’ll return to the Kiva Room at Western National Parks Association in Oro Valley AZ to conduct a Myths & Masks master class. Limited to twelve participants, this life-transforming workshop empowers each individual to create a wearable mask and compose an Inner Mythic Persona Poem in the voice of the masked character. Participants are invited and encouraged (but not required!) to perform their work in an informal Circle of Celebration at the conclusion of the workshop; AND each participant will receive a FREE Myths & Masks DVD with pre-registration!
Info and pre-registration at: 520.622.6014 or www.wnpa.org
Poem of the Month
I dare not forget this feature: it’s become the single most-commented-on item in my A 440 Newsletter! The September Poem of the Month delves into geological time to unearth a root cause of the collective chaos and craziness in the modern world: our refusal to recognize our own individual inner madness. I offer it in the hope that by coming to terms with our own human frailty–and our own divinity–each of us can make a difference one day at a time in healing the fractures among Planet Earthlings.
Walls Within Stones
Now is the time
for all good stones
to divide and divide
so that we
might see their secrets.
But this is not possible,
for at each vivisection
the stones present us
with yet another set of walls.
We could scale them,
tunnel under or blast through
or deface them with all the graffiti
our brains have labored eons to produce,
but we will never learn their silent art.
divide and divide.
You have nothing to fear from us
who have lived among you
these many moons
oblivious to the rise and fall
of your terrible breath,
blind to the warm patterns of blood
along your raw faces.
Your secrets are safe from us
faced with what we don’t know
can do no better
than conjure images in our own likeness
as we gnaw bones by failing firelight,
and become what we had hoped
to save ourselves from.
© Will Clipman 2014; from Wilderness in the Marrow
~May your autumnal equinox be blessed with balance
and may we all be instruments of peace~
One’s destiny is fulfilled not by a single dramatic deed but by showing up where one is most needed and making a difference one day at a time.
musician • poet • performing & recording artist • maskmaker • storyteller • educator