- Array mbira
The array mbira is a meticulously hand crafted modern musical instrument, made in the USA by its inventor Bill Wesley and skilled artisan and innovator Patrick Hadley. It's directly related to the African mbira
thumb pianowhich is native to Zimbabwe and is technically part of the lamellaphone family. These types of instruments are generally played with the thumbs and sometimes the fingers.
The array mbira is a radical redesign of the African
mbira. The notes of the array mbira are arranged according to the array system, invented in the United Statesby inventor/performer/author Bill Wesley. The array system is a specific way of arranging musical notes into a pattern that may be applied to a wide variety of musical instruments, and is both isomorphicand unimorphic(meaning that all the notes of any given key signaturewill be unified into a single area that excludes notes outside that key signature). There is only one unimorphic planar system, and that is the system employed on the array mbira.
The array mbira is played by a number of popular musicians, including
Ry Cooder( Buena Vista Social Cluband Talking Timbuktu), Emil Richards, Pharoah Sanders, Mileece, Shannon Terry, and Imogen Heap.
*http://www.thearraymbira.com - official webpage of modern producer of instrument
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