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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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
*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
yes it is
yes it preserves
sweetness and wetness
yes it is
a living breathing
it does smell
rank and tangy
as if all the senses
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
and because of which
all that 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.
musician • poet • performing & recording artist • maskmaker • storyteller • educator