Greetings, One & All~
With the passage of the Equinox and the waning of the Harvest Moon, it’s been a time rich in golden autumn light as September gives way to October and summer yields to fall. It seems all my spring seed-planting and summer cultivation is yielding a rich and varied autumn harvest, highlights of which I’d like to share with you in this October issue of your A 440 Newsletter. Enjoy!
My September 8th concert with R. Carlos Nakai at The TANK Center for Sonic Arts in Rangely CO was recorded live and followed up with a “studio” recording on September 9th, yielding over three hours of material from which we plan to sculpt a ground-breaking new album. Thanks to everyone at The TANK for a completely unique sonic experience, and to all who attended our sold-out concert both inside and outside this world-renowned venue!
more about The TANK at:
I’ve embarked on an inspiring new multi-media collaboration with author, intuitive consultant and personal transformation guide Diane Wing. Our first weekend retreat, Unmask Your Inner Magick, is scheduled for April 27-28, 2019 in The Room at Meadowbrook in Ottsville PA. Early registration for this transformational mythic journey of the self is now open and will be capped at thirty participants.
Learn about Diane’s brilliant work and register for our event at
Learn more about The Room at Meadowbrook at
I have also embarked on a scintillating new journey in healing sound with crystal bowl alchemist and Sounds True recording artist Tryshe Dhevney. We took our exploratory maiden voyage on September 26th, and our next creative development session is scheduled for October 5th with workshops, performances and a recording to follow.
Learn more about Tryshe’s beautiful work at
Myths & Masks
Beginning on October 22nd and continuing through November 2nd, I’ll return to Cheyenne Traditional School in Scottsdale AZ for my annual Myths & Masks Artist-in-Residency, working with fourth grade students in maskmaking and creative writing.
As befits the timeless music on Trialogue: Sherry Finzer, Darin Mahoney & Will Clipman (Heart Dance Records) our songs continue to receive high-flying airplay on an eclectic array of international airlines. Cote d’Ivoire was heard in September on Egypt Air, Vietnam Airlines andKenya Airways; Dark Horse will be heard in October on Air Mauritius. The world is our stage!
My series of elemental trance groove incantations with multi-flutist Sherry Finzer continues: we’ve just recorded our fifth single toward a full album, which is planned for release in early 2019 on Heart Dance Records. Meanwhile, our current single The Space Between Breathsdrops on Friday October 26th, and will be available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify andBandcamp on that date.
Previous singles currently available on all platforms:
Evening at Angkor Wat
Sherry Finzer and I will back in the studio at Clamsville Productions in Chandler AZ onOctober 8th to record our next single, so stay tuned to your A 440 for further news!
Poem of the Month
Poetry arises from a moment of absolute attention combined with the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time. Your October Poem of the Month celebrates just such a coincidence of discipline and luck, with gratitude to Jan Moore of Romancing the Stone for his generosity and artistry.
Toning the Stone
Once in a great while
one arrives at precisely the right place
at precisely the right time,
like when we wandered undirected
up a winding canyon road in Santa Fe
and heard the rhythm of hammer
and chisel on stone. We stood
and watched a master sculptor
chip away everything unessential
to reveal a flowing form in living marble:
a curving surface that would then be papered
with finer and finer grains of sand
to the exquisite smoothness
of a woman’s inner thigh. Fragments fly
like shrapnel by my ear, so close
I can almost hear him toning the stone
in a quarry near the Chiricahua Mountains
where this metamorphic elemental fusion
was born in the earth’s molten heart:
drumming on a chunk so massive
it had to be rolled downhill toward
his truck; listening for the perfect
notes that sing a song of solidness
and let him know this is the one.
(with thanks to Jan Moore for the title phrase)
© Will Clipman 2018
Photo of the Month
Ditto the above for photography: Shery Christopher mindfully takes her camera with her on her sunrise walks around our property, so it was really no accident that she captured this oceanic sky in the middle of the Sonoran Desert as she came back up our driveway the other day. In over forty years of living here, I had never seen clouds like this. . . until now!
photo courtesy Shery Christopher Photography
~May the golden light of autumn illuminate your path~