Gentle Thunder and Will Clipman have received more than a few Grammy nominations for their music. - Mobius Productions

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The State of Jefferson's own 2006 Grammy nominee Gentle Thunder and four-time Grammy nominee Will Clipman will bring their musical alchemy to Ashland.

An internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist (grand hammer dulcimer, drums and Native American flutes), producer, composer and recording artist, Gentle Thunder, and percussionist Clipman, will present a musical landscape of improvisation, spirit and new world music at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at The Mobius, 281 Fourth St., Ashland.

Known for their mutual sensitivity — and the fact that they were both born on July 20 — the two musicians share a connection. Their Grammy-nominated album, "Beyond Words," was recorded with AmoChip Dabney and was recognized by the Grammy's alongside artists such as Peter Kater, Enigma, Andres Vollenveider and Enya.

The Wall Street Journal's Jim Fusilli calls the music "direct and organic."

Eric Alan of Jefferson Public Radio writes " 'Beyond Words' beautifully transcends genre as well as words. Together, they create a gorgeous musical journey that's a sharing of deep spirit more than a mere performance. It's peaceful, uplifting and unique."

Gentle Thunder resides in Mount Shasta, Calif., but performs for audiences around the world. Her previous solo releases include "Awakening Remembrance" and "Winds of the Heart" both charted on the New Age Reporter Top 100. "Beyond Words" spent the year on the New Age Reporter Top 100 and charted at No. 27 in 2006.

Dabney's work on "Beyond Words" recently was recognized with a nomination by the Native American Music Awards in the Native Heart Category.

Clipman hails from Tucson, Ariz., and has worked on more that 55 recording projects with other artists. Along with his Grammy nominations, he is a two-time NAMA winner and was nominated this year for three Nammy awards.

His solo album, titled "Pathfinders" and recorded on Canyon Records, is due for release this year.

Together on "Beyond Words," Gentle Thunder and Clipman combine rhythm and harmonies that create an alchemy in which the musicians become the instruments and there is only music, says Clipman.

Gentle Thunder has made appearances this summer at the Britt Festival in Jacksonville — where she received a standing ovation after just one song — and at venues in Lake Tahoe, Newport Beach and Sacramento with guitarist Craig Chaquico and his band.

Gentle Thunder has a solo recording that is slated to be released this fall. Work on the album will include a musical score commissioned by the Mount Shasta City Dance Theater's "H2O Manifesto," a performance art piece written and directed by Krista Miller.

The first reading of "H2O Manifesto" will be held Sept. 8 at the Flying Lotus Movement Center in Mount Shasta. The reading will include live performances by Gentle Thunder and other artists.

Gentle Thunder's recording with singer and songwriter Mariee Sioux, titled "Faces in the Rocks," was recorded in Nevada City, Calif., and is due to be released in early October. She co-produced the album and recorded Native American flutes on five of the eight songs, as well as some percussion. Preview copies of the CD are meeting with critical acclaim, and it was called a "top pick" in the Aug. 19 issue of the nationally syndicated Parade Magazine.

Gentle Thunder's production company, GT Productions, produces upcoming artists such as Ann Licater, whose debut CD "Following the Call," recently reached the number one bestseller spot at the East West Bookstore in Mountain View, Calif., and will be on the long ballot for this year's Grammy Awards.

Tickets to the show at The Mobius cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door. See themobius.com or call 488-8894.

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