Greetings, One & All~

With the passage of the Vernal Equinox and the rising of the Wind Strong Moon, the arrival of Spring has brought abundant blessings of rain to northern Sonora, and an abundance of good news to share in this spontaneous new issue of your A 440 Newsletter. Be well and be in touch!

New Releases

I wanted to call it Rob + Will. Rob wanted to call it Will + Rob. We arm wrestled for it. Rob won. Wait for Me, the first album collaboration between pan-global percussionist & drummer Will Clipman and virtuoso violinist & upright bassist Rob Paulus officially dropped on March 22nd, and will soon be available on all your favorite streaming and downloading platforms. Immeasurably enhanced by stellar contributions from guitarist Matt Mitchell, trumpeter Jason Carder, and vocalists SOLVEI, Liz Fletcher and Aria Ratcliff, these nine original compositions will energize and uplift you with impeccable musicianship, emotional authenticity and irrepressible joie de vivre!

Dancing Through the Night, the fourth single from the new SOLVEI album Connection, drops on April 1st. . . and that’s no foolin’! Featuring Will Clipman on drums & percussion and Rob Paulus on violin & upright bass, this particular song takes the sophisticated compositions of vocalist and midi-instrumentalist SOLVEI into a dreamy romantic ballad realm quite distinct from–yet seamlessly interwoven with–the album’s astonishing variety of world-pop stylings.

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And enjoy this video produced by and starring the multi-talented SOLVEI:

The new EclectiPhonics single African Bird drops on April 2nd. This latest sonic concoction by guitar guru & multi-stringed midi-magician Chris Screven and pan-global percussionist & drummer Will Clipman was inspired by Chris’s travels in East Africa, then infused with the improvisational rhythmic spirit of jazz and burnished by the duo’s classical attention to melodic and harmonic detail. Punch your ticket to the seriously fun soundscape of EclectiPhonics at

Wildly Ethereal

Friday March 29th marks the reunion of cellist Michael G. Ronstadt and percussionist Will Clipman for the long-awaited and much-anticipated CD release performance of music from their avant-garde album Wildly Ethereal. Recorded by Peter Dalton Ronstadt at his Landmark Sound Recorders studio in mid-town Tucson, the duo’s ebullient, evocative and high-energy sound will set the table for The Ronstadt Brothers headline set on the outdoor Plaza Stage at The Old Pueblo’s iconic Hotel Congress at 7 PM.

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Cultural Crossroads

On Saturday April 20th at 7:30 PM, I’ll have the distinct pleasure and privilege of sharing the stage at the sumptuous Tempe Center for the Arts with the internationally-renowned Alexander String Quartet, the revered operatic vocalist Isola Jones, the world’s foremost composer and performer of the Native American flute R. Carlos Nakai, and violist & Cultural Crossroads Artistic Director Pamela Freund-Striplen for an exclusive Arizona performance of Cultural Crossroads: Dvorak in America. This visionary multi-media presentation explores the distinguished Czech composer’s love affair with Native American and African American musical traditions, augmented by three original Nakai compositions for Native American flute, chamber ensemble and world percussion.

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Planet of Percussion

On Tuesday April 23rd I’ll conduct a masterclass for percussion students at Northern Arizona University’s Kitt School of Music in Flagstaff AZ, under the auspices of Abby Fisher, Director of Percussion Studies. Entitled Many Streams, One Flow, this participatory Percussion Studio experience will explore the common elements that make world percussion accessible as a universal musical language, and will illuminate pathways for professional development in the world of the working musician.

Wisdom Tree Sessions

On Wednesday-Friday April 24th-26th, your peripatetic pan-global percussionist will reunite with the fabled William Eaton Ensemble at Wisdom Tree Studios in Sedona AZ to lay tracks for a new WEE recording. Led by visionary multi-stringed instrument designer and builder William Eaton, this extraordinary ensemble also features virtuoso flutist Claudia Tulip and the masterful Allen Ames on violin, mandolin, bass and pretty much anything else with strings attached, extending the world chamber fusion sound pioneered on their award-winning Canyon Records albums Where Rivers Meet, Naked in Eureka and the monumental double CD Sparks & Embers into uncharted new sonic realms.

Sedona Symphony

At 7 PM on Saturday April 27th, I’ll have the distinct pleasure and privilege of sharing the stage at the sumptuous Sedona Performing Arts Center with the Sedona Symphony and the world’s foremost composer and performer of the Native American flute R. Carlos Nakai for the Symphony’s annual Pops Concert. The repertoire for this performance features four pieces from Fourth World: Nakai’s GRAMMY-nominated Canyon Records collaboration with legendary producer & arranger Billy Williams, on which yours truly played world percussion as part of the Canyon Symphony.

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Beltane Celebration

On Sunday April 28th from 2-4 PM, your favorite purveyor of percussive pulsation will contribute his signature grooves to the 2024 Sedona Beltane Concert on the grounds of The Global Center for Christ Consciousness in Sedona AZ. The program is being finalized as we speak, and the performance is described as traditional and spontaneous spiritual songs combining vocals and multiple instrumentation to lift the spirit, so watch this space for further details and ticketing info!

Jaguar Rising

On Saturday May 11th I’ll improvise a live soundtrack for the multi-media consciousness-raising event Jaguar Rising at the Wittner Museum in Nogales AZ. The brainchild of Madrean Archipelago Wildlife Center founder Kate Scott, this event will feature video animations of visionary nature art by Virginia Maria Romero, along with poetry and storytelling by various artists around the theme of the border wall’s impact on wildlife. The program is being finalized as we speak, so watch this space for further details!

Ridgway Redux

The never-ending Awakening the Fire tour continues on Saturday June 8th at 7:30 PM, when I’ll return to the storied Sherbino Theater in Ridgway CO with my esteemed colleague R. Carlos Nakai for the latest iteration of our long-running concert series there, dating back to a 100th Anniversary fundraiser for the refurbishment of this historic venue, where we’ve enjoyed many subsequent performances on its beautifully restored stage.

One World Music

I like to think of the world as my stage, so it’s always an affirmation to hear that my music and that of my distinguished cast of collaborators is being heard on a global scale. Such was the case when I learned recently that Rain in the Dust, a favorite song of mine from my perennially best-selling and GRAMMY-nominated Canyon Records album Heart of the Wind with legendary Native American flutist Robert Tree Cody, was featured on the award-winning UK station One World Music Radio as part of the Native Circle show hosted by David Rose. Show #95 is well worth listening to in its entirety, but if you’re pressed for time, Rain in the Dust is featured at 10 minutes and 30 seconds in. Enjoy Tree’s soulful flute in conversation my earthy udu, made even more poignant for me by the sad news of Tree’s death last September; I take solace in knowing that Tree’s legacy will live on in The Heart of the Wind!


I happened to be in the right place at the right time(s) to document the equinoctial alignment of sunset and moonset through the same portal, looking west from Rancho Improvisoso to the skyline of the Tucson Mountains, and I wanted to share the view!


Every Blossom is Perfect

It’s one of those dazzling late winter mornings

in the wake of a week-long atmospheric river:

frosty dew on the desert’s brief carpet of green;

creosote, cholla and palo verde bejeweled

with millions of quivering liquid diamonds.

The sky says we’re in for even more rain here

at the end of the wettest winter I can remember

in nearly half a century of living in this place,

our weather more unpredictable than ever.

The tribe of songbirds in the jasmine bush

is startled into silence as I pass by to retrieve

the amazing, the predictable and the ridiculous

all rolled into the spyglass of the daily paper,

through which I’ll spy my own peculiar madness

amidst the general mayhem. I stop and stoop

to pick up a perfect yellow flower, windblown

onto crushed red stone. Every blossom is perfect.

We try to complicate the truth of things beyond

all recognition, but really it’s just that simple.

© Will Clipman 2024

~May your Spring be a season of refreshment and renewal~

Dream your life and live your dream.

~Guillaume Henri

Will Clipman

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