Wilton's Oldest Service Club



Kiwanis at the Beach!

Or at least, at the Kiwanis Pavillion, at the Wilton Family Y, near the sand.


"Lipner belongs to that rare category of master player that includes Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson . . . "

Arthur Lipner is one of the leading vibes and marimba voices of today. He believes in the power of music for positive change, and has humbly devoted his life’s work to be a part of it. His music conveys an exuberant drive of creativity and depth. Venues at which Arthur has appeared is perhaps unrivaled. In addition to concert halls, jazz clubs and recording studios around the world, he has performed with Tuvan Throat Singers from Russia, The Saakumu Dance Company of Ghana in a small rural village, on the streets of Rio for Carnival, in Chiapas Mexico’s “Marimba Park”, at the Royal Palace in Marrakesh, in the mountains of Norway on an ice xylophone, on Martin Luther King Blvd (NYC), and more. The story of his inner and outer journeys is featured in the documentary TALKING STICKS (2016) www.talkingsticksfilm.com.

As a soloist and bandleader Lipner has been to most of the United States and 25 foreign countries including Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, Morocco, Malaysia and the Caribbean. He has toured in Europe 40 times. The many trips to Brazil, his home away from home, included premiering his concerto MALLET FANTASIA with the Nat’l Symphony of Brazil.  As an educator, Arthur has presented over 200 workshops on six continents, including The Juilliard School (NYC), Yale University, Sweelink Conservatory (Amsterdam) and Sydney Conservatorium.  He has been on the Faculty of The Brabants Conservatory in Tilburg, Holland, Drummers Collective (NYC) and SUNY Purchase.  Lipner has authored two widely-adopted method books for percussion and improvisation.

Over 75 of Arthur’s compositions have been released on recordings. He’s produced nine solo albums, appeared on over 50 total, and done many other projects and recording sessions in the USA, Turkey, Brazil and Netherlands. His music has been used on radio, film and tv soundtracks many places including Finland, Japan, Belgium, The Netherlands, and England. Arthur also plays steel drums. In recent years he has done recording sessions for the United Airlines in-flight safety video and appeared with his steel band on ABC’s The View.

Arthur founded the Wilton Steel Community Band in 2010. This group, based in Wilton CT, accepts all ages and levels of ability including those with no prior music experience. There are no auditions. Attendance at all rehearsals and gigs is optional. The band performs about 15 events in the area each year, a mix of community events and each Summer Tuesday at Wilton Pizza. 2017 tours include Spain and Brazil, 2018 UK and Australia.

“Lipner belongs to that rare category of master player that includes Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson...”
The Chronicle Herald (Nova Scotia)

Wednesday, June 21, Wilton Family Y, Kiwanis Pavillion

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Founded in 1951, Wilton Kiwanis is the Town's oldest Service Club.  Further information is available by contacting Bud Taylor at 203-354-0208.