Greetings, One & All~

Early on Dia de Los Muertos, the Sunday morning after All Hallow’s Eve, three cawing ravens flew over our land through a cloudless blue sky. What were they saying? I have my own understanding: in Saami culture, the raven is a bird of power who brings welcome news from the “other side of the world” along with intelligent insight into the hidden nature of things. I welcome your interpretation, as well as your perusal of all the good news from Willyworld in this November issue of your A 440 Newsletter!

Creative Aging on PBS

Lifetime Arts, the sponsoring organization for my on-going Myths & Masks adult workshop at Chandler Downtown Library, has been contacted by PBS for a feature on our program, including interviews with participants; so it appears that our Creative Aging program here in Arizona will receive national publicity. I’ll include the link to this in my November email signature as details become available.

Meanwhile, the final three sessions of our eight-week workshop series will be held at 9-11 AM on Tuesdays November 3rd, 10th & 17th, with our showcase presentation at 9-11 AM on Saturday November 21st, all in the Copper Room at Chandler Downtown Library in historic downtown Chandler, Arizona.

Myths & Masks with SCCYA

Beginning on Monday November 9th and continuing on Thursday November 12th, Monday November 16th and Wednesday-Thursday November 18th-19th, I’ll conduct a Myths & Masks mini-residency for art students at Wade Carpenter Middle School in Nogales, Arizona under the auspices of Santa Cruz County Young Audiences.

R. Carlos Nakai Quartet at MIM

On Wednesday November 11th at 7 PM, the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet will serve up its indescribably groovy cornucopia of Global Native Fusion and inspired improvisation at the world-renowned Musical Instrument Museum Theater in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Featuring R. Carlos Nakai on Native American and concert flutes, trumpet & assorted indigenous aerophones; AmoChip Dabney on saxophones & keyboards, Johnny Walker on five-string electric bass, and Will Clipman on drums & world percussion, RCNQ will be joined on this bill by Sihasin: the Navajo rock duo comprised of brother & sister Clayson & Jeneda Benally, plus Very Special Guest Jones Benally, award-winning Navajo dancer and the father of Clayson & Jeneda.

Beauty & The Beats at WNPA

On Friday November 13th (my lucky day!) from 10 AM to 4 PM I’ll conduct a hands-on world drumming and percussion workshop entitled Beauty & The Beats in the Kiva Room at Western National Parks Association in Oro Valley, Arizona. Participants are invited but not required to bring a favorite drum and/or percussion instrument of their own.

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I have fans who are coming from as far away as Grand Junction, Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico for this event, and enrollment is limited, so click on that link now and reserve your space!

Temenos Quartet at OTCA

On Saturday November 14th at 7 PM, the Temenos Quartet will bring its original New World Music to Old Town Center for the Arts, central Arizona’s premiere small concert venue in Cottonwood. Featuring To’Ree’Nee Wolf on acoustic guitar & lead vocals, Heidi Wilson on alto saxophone & vocals, AmoChip Dabney on electric bass & vocals, and Will Clipman on drums, world percussion & vocals, TQ delivers a sound that will make your soul groove and your body move!

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William Eaton Ensemble at SoG

On Friday November 20th at 7:30 PM, the William Eaton Ensemble assembles for a performance of original World Chamber Fusion at Sea of Glass Center for the Arts, southern Arizona’s premiere small concert venue in Tucson.

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Featuring William Eaton on exotic multi-stringed instruments of his own design and construction, Claudia Tulip on concert & world flutes, Allen Ames on violin, mandolin & electric guitar, Mary Redhouse on electric bass, Native American flutes & five-octave vocalizations and Will Clipman on pan-global percussion, WEE explores the outer reaches of contemporary instrumental music with skill, taste and joyous flair.

Poem of the Month

Now that summer’s heat is finally subsiding here in Northern Sonora and it’s actually beginning to feel like autumn, I’m put in mind of a gnomic utterance from Wilderness in the Marrow that perfectly suits the moment, in more ways than one. 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.

© Will Clipman 2015, from Wilderness in the Marrow; previously published in Heron Dance

May the spirits
of all those who came before
and made us possible
and the spirits of all those yet to come
who will make us meaningful
be present in our spirits
now and always

For the artist, life’s greatest joy is total immersion in one’s work.
~Guillaume Henri


Will Clipman

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

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