Well-known to audiences at the Arizona Senior Academy, six-time Grammy nominee Will Clipman will be making two special appearances at that venue next week on consecutive days: first on Tuesday Jan. 8, in concert with Gabriel Ayala as Duo Sonora (see related article), and then on Wednesday Jan. 9, in a performance of his multi-faceted “Myths & Masks.”
A frequent performer as percussionist with a variety of musical ensembles at Academy Village’s Arizona Senior Academy, Clipman marks his first solo appearance there on Wednesday and celebrates the release of his “Myths & Masks” DVD, which will be available for purchase at the show along with his Grammy-nominated CD, “Pathfinder.”
Clipman’s life-long exploration of world music and the wonders of percussion began at the age of 3, and he is still entranced by the pleasures of instruments that are rubbed, shaken or struck to produce sound. His exploration of the mythic realm of mask-making began with an impromptu apprenticeship with master mask-maker Zarco Guerrero in the White Mountains of northern Arizona and has evolved into a unique interdisciplinary performance.
“Myths & Masks”takes you on an intimate journey into the realm of what Clipman calls “the Inner Mythic Persona” with a live concert performance of mythopoetic storytelling, world music and multicultural mask art. Donning different masks of his own creation, Clipman transforms himself into the narrator spirits of his original stories and accompanies himself on a pan-global palette of exotic instruments, weaving a tapestry of spoken word, visual imagery and sonic atmosphere as timelessly fresh as the human experience itself.
Following a brief intermission, the second hour of this event will feature a hands-on lecture- demonstration of Clipman’s trademarked “Lifecast” mask-making technique. Working with a volunteer model selected from the audience, the artist will sculpt a plaster bandage mask while explaining the step-by-step creative process.
The performance and lecture-demonstration will culminate with a question-and-answer session, in which the audience will be able to share the artist’s personal experience and gain further insight into the masks, the music and the stories.
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Due to the popularity of Arizona Senior Academy events and limited seating, non-members are encouraged to make reservations.
Submitted by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer