Greetings, One & All~

As the sun arcs lower across the southern sky and our little oasis in space approaches its Autumnal Equinox, our thoughts turn to cooler, dryer weather, and all the subtle surprises of Fall in Northern Sonora; yet even in the dog days of summer, as is often the case in Willyworld, there is an array of bright events shimmering on the horizon. Enjoy them all in joy with the September issue of your A 440 Newsletter!

Wilde Boys in Reno

The Nakai, Eaton & Clipman trio will set up base camp in Reno NV on September 13-15 for a series of mini-performances, master classes and lecture-demonstrations at the University of Nevada and in area schools and libraries, culminating with a full concert at the Nightengale Concert Hall on the UNR campus at 7 PM on Thursday September 15th.

tickets & info at

POP Goes Scottsdale

I’ll conduct my Planet of Percussion world music workshop on Saturday September 17th at the Appaloosa Library in Scottsdale AZ and again on Thursday September 29th at the Civic Center Library, from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM both days.

contact for more info

Trialogue + Temenos Quartet Equinox Concert

I’ll celebrate the Autumnal Equinox on Thursday September 22nd with the don’t-miss double bill of contemporary instrumental trio Trialogue from Phoenix and Tucson’s own folk-funk-fusion foursome Temenos Quartet at Monterey Court from 7-10 PM, featuring yours truly on drums & percussion with both bands!

info & tickets at

Healing From the Ground Up with Myths & Masks

It’s been brought to my attention that this benchmark Myths & Masks interview with shamanic healer Leslie Gray of the Woodfish institute, produced by Lori Greenleaf for the program Healing From the Ground Up, is now available on YouTube:

Your personal copy of the Myths & Masks DVD can be obtained at

RCNQ: What Lies Beyond

The official street date for the new R. Carlos Nakai Quartet album What Lies Beyond is September 23rd, including iTunes and Amazon. On that date, you can order your personal copy of the physical CD (or get your digital download with a FREE iTunes Bonus Track) of this barrier-blasting, ground-breaking, dance-floor-filling, trance-inducing new Global Native Fusion™ release at:

‘Tis the Season to Go GRAMMY®

Your humble Holder of the Heartbeat has two new titles going to The Big Dance this GRAMMY® cycle: the aforementioned What Lies Beyond with the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet on Canyon Records, and Trialogue with Sherry Finzer, Darin Mahoney & Will Clipman on Heart Dance Records.

As I try to make clear every year, submissions DO NOT equal nominations: the five Nominees in each category will be determined by the first-round ballot; then on to the award itself, to be determined by the final ballot. That said, your positive energy is warmly welcomed even at this early stage of the process!

Nerve Chorus Still Singing?!

In the Completely Out-of-the-Blue-from-Deep-in-Left-Field category comes the news that my very first solo recording, the 1985 cassette-only release Nerve Chorus, is being re-issued as 7″ vinyl by the German label VOD Records. This proto-funk-punk-rap worldbeat project is in post-production pending a late September release.

info at

Video of the Month

Who says it’s always hot and dry in Tucson? This one-minute clip of an epic monsoon deluge here at Rancho Improvisoso proves otherwise!

Poem of the Month

As befits the autumnal mood of the coming season, your September Poem of the Month is a quiet reflection on the nature of love, loss and longing; and on how the essence of emotion is alchemized in the healing crucible of time. Enjoy!

Merlyn’s Alchemy

Yesterday we brought your ashes home;

last night you came to me in dream:

gamboling through house and yard

with your full-throated healthy joy.

How can it be that you’ve left the body

that no longer served you, yet live

so vividly in memory? It must be

in the nature of death’s mystery:

how grief transmutes to grace

and loss becomes fulfillment.

I have you back, whole and intact,

but still your spirit is forever free;

I can let you go completely now

and yet I never have to let you go.

© Will Clipman 2016

May your only labors this holiday weekend be labors of love!

If you’re chasing someone else’s tail
you’re not following your own nose.

~Guillaume Henri


Will Clipman

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

phone: 520.591.0776
fax: 520.743.0650