Greetings, One & All~
So many rhythms and only four limbs! I’ll be holding the heartbeat for a veritable plethora of musical genres this month, as detailed below in your March A 440 Newsletter. . . .
Hot & Cool Concerts
On Saturday March 2nd and Sunday March 3rd, at 1 PM both days, I’ll be riding my golf-cart pan-global percussion pony kit with the Wilde Boys, aka Nakai, Eaton & Clipman, as we headline the annual Heard Museum Indian Art Fair in historic downtown Phoenix AZ. We’ll be meeting and greeting and signing CDs under the auspices of Canyon Records immediately after our outdoor set at the Main Stage Dance Circle under what promises to be a warm and sunny blue Northern Sonoran desert sky.
On Saturday March 9th I’ll be manning a combo drumkit/pan-global percussion set-up with the selfsame Wilde Boys, aka Nakai, Eaton & Clipman, under decidedly different atmospheric conditions out on the frozen tundra of western Minnesota at the Edson Auditorium on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Morris MN for a 7:30 PM public concert and a 1 PM day-of-show workshop with music students–both events thankfully indoors!
On Wednesday March 13th and Thursday March 14th Norwegian song siren Solvei will fly in from LA again to continue developing the repertoire with her Tucson-based band ZumaSOL. The music is coming together beautifully, due in no small part to the genius of AmoChip Dabney on bass, soprano sax and harmony vocals; Larry Redhouse on keyboards (we’re coaxing him to break out his trumpet and flugelhorn) and Fernando Romero on acoustic and electric guitars. Oh yeah, and yours truly on electronicoustic technotribal drumcussion–say that one time slow!
On the Air
On Thursday March 21st at 11 AM I’ll appear on the KGUN-9 TV Morning Blend show playing a scaled-down pan-global pony percussion kit with Americana singer/songwriter extraordinaire Amber Norgaard and Tucson’s most in-demand electric guitarist Doug “Hurricane” Floyd to showcase a new original composition of Amber’s commissioned by Equine Voices entitled Raise Me Up, and publicize A Very Special Horse Event: Building a Community of Compassion, detailed (or horse-tailed, if you will) below.
On Friday March 22nd I’ll back on the air on the Morning Blend show, this time with international singer, composer and dancer Solvei and guitarist Fernando Romero to introduce Solvei’s compelling story and commanding presence to Tucson audiences, and offer a few tasty morsels from the world music banquet she and her band ZumaSOL will offer up the next night at Monterey Court.
More Musical Magic
On Saturday March 23rd at 7 PM the aforementioned Solvei & ZumaSOL will perform their world premiere concert at Tucson’s hottest new live music venue Monterey Court:
Solvei is an exquisite talent and a force of nature on stage; backed by this all-star ensemble comprised of some of Tucson’s most accomplished musicians, her Arizona debut promises to be the must-see show of the Spring concert season!
On Friday March 29th at 7 PM I’ll be riding Black Beauty (my favorite custom Gretsch drumkit) behind the Amber Norgaard Band, featuring Doug “Hurricane” Floyd on guitar, Sabra Falk on bass, and of course The Amberlicious One on vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar and keyboards, for the Friday Night Live! Concert Series at the University of Arizona Main Gate, sponsored by SAACA.
On Saturday March 30th at 11:45 AM I’ll be out at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park on Tucson’s eastside for a fundraising concert in support of Equine Voices with the Amber Norgaard Band, this time featuring Jay Trapp on bass along with “The Hurricane” on guitar and yours truly astride Black Beauty, as befits the theme of the event (no spurs, of course!). The big number at this event, entitled A Very Special Horse Event: Building a Community of Compassion, will be the live world premiere of Amber’s new tune commissioned by EV, entitled Raise Me Up.
News & Reviews
World music maven and Saami soul sister Patricia Herlevi has penned an excellent review of my newly-released Myths & Masks DVD on her weblog Whole Music Experience, which can be shared at
And remember that my Myths & Masks DVD, the brand-new Nakai & Clipman CD Awakening the Fire, and a veritable plethora of other creative offerings from Willyworld are now available with the click of a mouse on the Purchase Page at
May Spring bloom early in your corner of the global garden, and may the Muse bless you with creative energy!
Drummers don’t retire, we simply expire; preferably on the last downbeat.