Greetings, One & All~

As we move from the blessing of late summer monsoon rain toward the cooler, shorter and drier days of autumn here in Northern Sonora, September promises to be rich in music, myth and mask. Enjoy all the good news in this issue of your A 440 Newsletter!

Sherbino Centennial with RC & Will

On Sunday September 13th at 4 PM I’ll join the inimitable R. Carlos Nakai in Ridgway CO to celebrate the 100th birthday of the historic Sherbino Theater with a concert to raise funds for its restoration. We’ll play selections from our GRAMMY-Nominated Canyon Records CD Awakening the Fire, and as always we’ll weave in a good bit of our spontaneous improvisational magic just for you!

info & tickets at

Temenos Quartet at The Studio Space

On Sunday September 20th at 7 PM I’ll join To’Ree’Nee Wolf, Heidi Wilson and AmoChip Dabney for a Temenos Quartet concert at The Studio Space in Tucson AZ, where we’ll conjure up a full evening of our evocative and irresistibly groovy New World Music with a foot-friendly hardwood dance floor at your disposal. Admission is a mere $7 for the music, art, raffles, a food truck and more, all at 4648 E. Speedway Blvd. on the SW corner of Speedway & Swan.

view The Studio Space at

Celebrate the River

On Friday September 25th at 7 PM I’ll hold the heartbeat for an Arizona all-star band (including but not limited to members of The William Eaton Ensemble) in the 2nd Annual Celebrate the River Concert at Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood AZ. This don’t-miss event is also the kick-off for OTCA’s eighth season as central Arizona’s premiere small concert venue!

info & tickets at

painting by Cindy Carillo

Myths &Masks for Lifelong Learners

Beginning on Tuesday September 29th and continuing on consecutive Tuesdays through November 17th, I’ll conduct my Myths & Masks workshop for adult lifelong learners at Chandler Public Library in Chandler AZ, under the auspices of the New York-based national organization Lifetime Arts. At last count, all but two of the twenty available slots have been filled, but registration is still open at or 480.782.2800

and you can read more about this program at

Exceptional Minds, Exceptional Matters

On August 29th, yours truly was interviewed by psychiatrist, author, motivational speaker and radio host Dr. Walter Jacobson to launch his new show Exceptional Minds, Exceptional Matters. Our lively and spirited conversation covered a wide range of topics from contemporary world music to poetry to maskmaking, and can be heard at

Interview with Will Clipman – Musician, Poet, Maskmaker

and while you’re visiting Dr. J’s website, be sure to investigate his uplifting programs and publications!

Remembering a Tower of Song

Tucson’s musical community suffered a great loss with the recent death of Arizona Blues Hall of Fame songwriter, guitarist and singer Stefan George. Those of us who new Stef personally and had the opportunity to play with him have lost a dear friend and bandmate. I got the news of Stefan’s passing from Mark McLemore at Arizona Public Media, who called the next day to request an interview. The thoughts I shared with Mark about Stefan’s remarkable life and career can be heard by clicking on the link below and scrolling down to Stefan George Remembered:

Poem of the Month

Ah, so. . . life and death. . . perhaps both are made meaningful by the love we bestow and receive? Your September Poem of the Month explores the nature of partnership and loss at the intersection of the wild and the domestic. Enjoy in joy!

Cardinal Communion

My mate brought your mate to me yesterday

as I arrived home with food for us, her body

still warm, eyes still wide and lustrous,

wing and tail feathers still opening in radiant fans.

She broke her neck flying home with food for you,

unable to penetrate the pane between the mirror world

and this one. My mate buried your mate by the greenhouse,

and all day I was beset by uneasiness and a weird sense of loss.

Today you land on the kitchen windowsill

where my mate and I always leave shelled peanuts

for you and your mate, and I suddenly smash

into a pane of sorrow and confusion. Is it just me,

or are you disoriented, too: flitting from branch to branch

in the creosote and palo verde, singing all two hundred

of your courtship songs in vain? Is it just you,

or am I now, too, the brilliant red of oxygen-rich blood

as my heart explodes at the thought of losing my mate

as you lost yours? We go on, you and I, at least for today;

and I take courage from your fierce refusal

to be crushed by the immense fragility of love.

© Will Clipman 2015

May the autumnal equinox

offer a moment of harmony and balance

for one and all

Well-regarded people share their best freely and their worst discreetly.

~Guillaume Henri


Will Clipman

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

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