Musician & Inventor
…was born into a family of scientists, artists, and writers. In this lively intellectual atmosphere he became interested in a wide range of both scientific and artistic subjects. In the 1960s he began to produce shows featuring live musical composition and live visual animation. To facilitate better sound and light in these shows he designed various new types of instrumentation. In this spirit the array system of note arrangement was conceived and first applied to the Mbira. Subsequently a midi controller was developed and patented under the name The Sensor Array Midi Controller. Bill continues to invent new forms of visual and sonic instrumentation and to perform live, often with the Sound and Light Ensemble.
Musician & Craftsmen
…has over 40 years of woodworking experience and business management as well as being an accomplished musician and composer. He has recorded two albums on the Abracadabra label and self produced an album called “The Array Mbira” available on Spotify, it features the Array mbira on every song and is a showcase for the many possible styles of music that the Array mbira can be used with. Patrick has also recorded a variety of original soundtracks for numerous videos and his youtube video, A Simple Song” has reached over 22 million views. He states, “When I was first introduced to Bill Wesley and his Array Mbira in 1993, I knew that I had found the ultimate way to blend my greatest passions, music, artistic design, and exquisite craftsmanship. It was a natural for me, and the perfect way to bridge my musical interests with my desire to create in a 3-D medium. It is an honor and a privilege for me to personally be a part of the design and creation of every Array Mbira.