Greetings, One & All~

November offers a menu of good news and interesting events in Willyworld, proffered for your enjoyment in this month’s issue of your A 440 Newsletter!

Myths & Masks

I’ll conclude my 22nd annual Myths & Masks Artist-in-Residency at Cheyenne Traditional School on Friday November 2nd, and as always the fourth grade students have boldly gone where no one has gone before in their creative interpretations of our mask-making and poetry-writing activities. Thanks to all at CTS for another inspiring and successful AiR!

Mystery Q

The R. Carlos Nakai Quartet will perform a private concert on Sunday November 4th. We’ve been sworn to secrecy regarding the details for this performance, but we wanted to let everyone know the Q is alive and well and putting together a new show for our upcoming 2019 events. . . stay tuned to Station RCNQ!

photo courtesy Shery Christopher Photography / Prisma painting by J. Basshawk

Blissful Bowls

On Wednesday November 7th I’ll fuse my pan-global percussion with the gemstone, precious metal and mineral-infused crystal bowls of Tryshe Dhevney for a live recording in The Sanctuary at Canyon Ranch, engineered by Jim Blackwood of Arizona Public Media.

Healing Sound

On Wednesday November 14th I’ll return to Acceptance Recovery Center in Scottsdale AZ for another session of my Rhythms of Recovery sound healing workshop with a new group of patients. find out more about ARC and its programs at:

Heart Dance

The latest Heart Dance Records elemental trance groove incantation for flutes and drums by Sherry Finzer & Will Clipman will drop on Friday November 30th and will be available on all streaming and downloading platforms, including Amazon, Spotify and Bandcamp.

iTunes ordering link:

All previous singles now available on all platforms!

Evening at Angkor Wat video by Sherry Finzer:

Kilauea Rain video by Sherry Finzer:

Enjoy this breathtakingly spacious NEW video by Sherry Finzer*

(*as with all our videos, I recommend headphones for deep inner vision listening!)

Garden Grooves

After a few years away, I’ll return to Las Noches de Las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix this December for fifteen evenings of Global Grooves in a Garden Grove. The event runs every night of the month except December 24-25, and offers an eclectic array of visual art and musical entertainment in the Garden’s gorgeous natural setting. I’ll perform interactive world music and storytelling at the Akimel O’Odham Ramada on the Sonoran Desert Loop Trail from 5:30-9:30 PM on Friday-Monday December 7-10, Wednesday-Sunday December 19-23, and Wednesday-Monday December 26-31.

info & tickets at:

Dusk in the Garden before the gates open on another sold-out night!

Winter Dreams

Just when you thought it was safe. . . The Wilde Boys return to the stage for two nights of Winter Dreams at Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood AZ on Friday & Saturday December 14th & 15th. Celebrate the Winter Solstice with R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton & Will Clipman in the intimate theater atmosphere of OTCA–these shows have always sold out early, so check for information and tickets at:

photo courtesy Robert Doyle Photography / Canyon Records

Inner Magick

Spring is in the air already and it’s not even winter yet! On April 27th & 28th, 2019, I’ll be in Ottsville PA for Unmask Your Inner Magick: a wonder-filled weekend self-realization retreat with yours truly and renowned author, teacher, intuitive consultant and personal transformation guide Diane Wing in The Room at Meadowbrook. Enrollment is limited and early registration is recommended. For event information and on-line registration, and to hear an insightful and intriguing radio interview with Diane & Will, go to:

Solstice Flutes

And a little further out on the horizon, registration for the 2019 Solstice Flute School & Festival in Midway UT on June 17-22 is now open. Yours truly will be the Percussionist-in-Residence at this event, joining a stellar faculty of stars from the Native American flute galaxy for a week of workshops, interactive collaborations and performances. Enrollment is limited and SFS&F typically fills up months in advance, so again early registration is recommended. For more information and on-line registration, go to:

photo courtesy John Running Photography

Poem of the Month

Lady of the Blue Agave

Realization stabs us suddenly
like blue agave needles
when we move unmindfully.

The tiniest of things drown
in nectar and the vastest
in November light.

She gathers together all those
whose dreams have been crushed
and distills from their broken-heartedness

an essence of fulfillment:
worm-salt, lime, mezcal. Smoke
of transformation. Earthen mineral tang.

I wander in the desert
dazed with gratitude that she
is everywhere: rising

from a blossom of flame,
an angel of light
in our hour of darkness.

(after the sculpture by Natalie Levin)

© Will Clipman 2018

Photos of the Month

I couldn’t choose between these two bookend Photos of the Month, so enjoy a double shot of splendid desert skyscape, one taken at sunrise over the Catalina Mountains to the east by Patty Whitley, and one taken at sunset over the Tucson Mountains to the west by Shery Christopher. In this era of computer generated images and digital photoshopping, it’s worth mentioning that both of these stunning images are completely natural and unretouched: what the artists’ eyes beheld is what you see here.

Sunrise Cloud Vortex courtesy Patty Whitley Photography

Sunset Rain Fire courtesy Shery Christopher Photography

~May yours be a November to remember~

It’s always a good sign when intentions and outcomes align.

~Guillaume Henri

Will Clipman
poet ~ percussionist ~ maskmaker ~ storyteller ~ performing artist ~ educator