Greetings, One & All~

Having been on the road for most of the last three months (12,000 miles through 20 states) I’m happy to say that July will be light on work and heavy on play, and that your July A 440 Newsletter is being delivered with gem-like concision and clarity. I wish you all hot fun in the summertime!

Heart Dances

Sherry Finzer, Darin Mahoney & Will Clipman will reunite for a rare Trialogue concert on July 2nd at Friendship Village in Tempe AZ.

Also, watch this space for updates on the release of the new Heart Dance Records CD The Space Between Breaths by Sherry Finzer & Will Clipman.

Solstice Snapshots

Suss and Fulfill for Total Flutasm became our unofficial faculty mantra at the 7th Annual Solstice Flute School & Festival, and I was happier than a prairie dog in soft dirt to spend a memorable week in Midway UT sharing my passion for percussion with extraordinarily talented artists, avidly open-minded students, and enthusiastically engaged audiences.

Will, Kalani Das and Gilbert Levy embracing the groove

Will and Joseph L. Young having entirely too much fun

Kalani and Will toasting Suzanne Teng at the post-fest faculty feed

Brent Haines, Dax and Will puttin’ on the dog

Treehouse Jam

En route to SFS&F I had the extraordinary privilege and pleasure of serving as Special Guest Artist at Michael Trigleth’s Treehouse Jam in Draper UT. Michael’s living room is a cross between the Ethnomusicology Wing of the Smithsonian Institute and the New Instrument Inventor’s Wing at The Musical Instrument Museum, and the Treehouse Tribe proved to be an absolute delight to present to, perform for and jam with.

And in this corner: Will “Pathfinder” Clipman’s traveling Planet of Percussion!

Photo of the Month

Fearless, courtesy Shery Christopher Photography

Poem of the Month

These Days

I answer questions

more and more


I don’t know

not because

I know less

but because

the more I know

the more I know

what I still need to know,

not because

I see less clearly

but more

as the illusion of certainty


into the certainty

of uncertainty,

and I resist solitude

less resolutely

for where else

does one find oneself


how better

to find one’s way

through the darkly beautiful


© Will Clipman 2019

Trust begets fearlessness.

~Guillaume Henri

Will Clipman

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