August 01, 2008


I happened upon this bit of organological serendipitude via Make's blog, featuring a Pitch Bending Thumb Piano:

As an instrument, I think it's not totally successful, but certainly heuristic for those who think about musical experimentation. Lately I've been deeply immersed in a wide spectrum of African musics, and the clip sent me off on a search for some interesting variants of approach to "thumb piano" (so many other names... sanza, mbira, kalimba...). Here are some of the results:

Mbira at the Lake

Kariga Mombe Improv Lesson

Konono No 1 Congotronics

Jazz improvisation on a 5 octave Array mbira

Close up of the Array Mbira

Garland - Suite for Bass Sanza

Don MacLane's musical instruments

Ken Kolodner Plays the Dulcimer-Mbira in West Virginia (and more via his Web site)

Posted by oook at August 1, 2008 09:22 AM