Greetings, One & All~

Having spent a good bit of October on the road, in the air, over the ocean, in hotels and in airports, it’s good to be back in Arizona and working closer to home for a spell. This noteworthy November starts immediately on Day One, so read on now for all the good news this month (and a transformational glimpse ahead into early December) in this issue of your A 440 Newsletter!

RCNQ Aloha

The R. Carlos Nakai Quartet delivered and received much aloha in Hawaii last month, as exemplified in this photo-and-video enhanced review. Mahalo to all who came to our shows and danced on stage with us, to our lovely and talented special guest chanters, to Global Media Productions, and especially to RC for dreaming this experience into being.

Big Island Music News review

Winged Beats

On Friday November 1st from 3-5 PM the R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman duo will perform a benefit concert at Casa de San Pedro in Hereford AZ for the Madrean Archipelago Wildlife Center to raise funds and awareness toward protecting the San Pedro River, southeastern Arizona’s last free-flowing riparian ecosystem.

info, tickets & directions at

photo courtesy Pamela Hyde / A’toka Arts Management

Vets Flutes

On Friday November 8th at 7 PM the R. Carlos Nakai Trio will perform as part of a benefit concert for Flutes For Vets at Grace St. Paul’s Church in Tucson AZ to raise funds and awareness for this visionary program bringing healing and personal transformation to veterans through the art of the Native American flute.

info & tickets at

photo courtesy Shery Christopher Photography

Musical Medicine

On Sunday November 10th the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet will provide uplifting musical atmosphere for a convention of the Association of American Medical Colleges at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix AZ.

photo courtesy Shery Christopher Photography

SunDog Twins

Appropriately enough, on Thursday November 21st at 8 PM the Leon Littlebird & Will Clipman duo (aka, The SunDog Twins) will be in concert at Solar Culture in Tucson AZ. This is is an exclusive, don’t-miss Arizona engagement at one of The Old Pueblo’s hottest AND coolest venues!

info & tickets at

Playful Performance

Roman Orona, Will Clipman & Aaron White, collectively known as Medicine Arrow, will offer a benefit performance at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix AZ on Friday November 29th as part of the 20th Annual Native American Children Toy Drive.

photo courtesy Marilyn White / Whistling Wind Productions

New Releases

Yours truly plays on two cuts off the brilliant new Join Coinman album Under the Sun, just out from Arroyo Verde Productions. I had the unexpected pleasure of performing four numbers with John and his all-star band at their CD release concert on the Hotel Congress Plaza stage in the heart of The Old Pueblo on October 26th, including the opening cut (one of the two I recorded and my personal favorite) Love is Everywhere.

Google Review

Love is Everywhere video

Also, just out from Heart Dance Records, yours truly added that ol’ udu voodoo that he do so well to one track on the new Monica Williams album Within Us All, holding the heartbeat for Monica’s sumptuous world flutes.

Breathing Space

The new elemental trance groove album The Space Between Breaths by Sherry Finzer & Will Clipman from Heart Dance Records is rocking the airwaves, including October radio play on the world’s foremost contemporary instrumental music program Echoes.

New Age Music Guide feature

Blue Wolf review

Woodside Wonders

Early December will find me at the fabulous new Canyon Ranch Wellness Retreat in Woodside CA for a wonderful weekend of transformational experiences. The kick-off event is an intimate concert with yours truly and Native American flute master R. Carlos Nakai at 7 PM on Thursday December 5th, followed by my Myths & Masks creative self-realization workshop on Friday-Sunday December 6th-8th.

concert info & ticket link–Carlos-Nakai–the-world-s-premier-Native-American-flutist–and-Will-Clipman-at-Canyon-Ranch-Wellness-Retreat-in-Woodside–CA.html?soid=1128217421812&aid=vA4arrjZL_E

workshop information & registration:

photo courtesy Robert Doyle Photography / Canyon Records

Poem of the Month


People have come here for sixteen thousand years

to drink groundwater water from the last Ice Age

and in all that time no one has claimed to own you.

Pupfish wriggle in the trickle that feeds you

and a mud turtle slumbers deep in your bank

to the dreamtime rhythm of your prehistoric percolation.

Black-shelled snails smaller than a sesame seed who’ve lived here

since before the dinosaurs and survived multiple mass extinctions

ink like indelible periods the brink beyond which nothing drinks.

Now those who have never lived here plan to drain you

to mix concrete and tamp down construction dust

for a monument to futility in the middle of the desert.

May they wake in the middle of the night and hear

all the whispered wisdom they should be listening to

before the whisperers are gone. May they learn–

though it’s mocked in this age of incessant distraction–

that there’s something to be said for simply sitting still

in the shade of an ancient cottonwood and reflecting:

between never and forever there must be earth and sky

and water for all things that live and die and live again.

That which is whole cannot be divided.

© Will Clipman 2019

Photo of the Month

The pioneering Russian abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky famously opined that great abstraction and great realism are two paths to the same goal, an artistic achievement exemplified in your November Photo of the Month by Shery Christopher, who captured this mystical melange of natural forms against a reflective matrix of sunset sea and sky at Puako, Hawai’i during a brief respite in the recent RCNQ four-island tour. Dive in!

photo courtesy Shery Christopher Photography

~Make your November noteworthy as only you can~

It’s never too late to do good.

~Guillaume Henri

Will Clipman

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