Michael Masley playing the Cymbalom
Bowhammers - part hammer, part
The cymbalom is a Hungarian hammer
dulcimer, which is traditionally played with two wooden "hammers"
which resemble curved chopsticks. Michael Masley plays the Cymbalom
with his own invention, a system of eight "bowhammers" and thumbpicks,
allowing him to pluck, bow, or strike the strings in any combination,
and resulting in a sound wholly his own.
His off-center approach
has also been applied to a host of other uncommon instruments, (zither,
ukelin, PanTimbreen, etc.) Masley has released his own CD's, and
has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, as well as being
a member of the quintet Cloud Chamber, which also features bass
legend Michael Manring as a member. Masley has also been featured
as a performer on many other artists CD's of varying musical styles.
A small cymbalom was also later produced in Ukraine during the 1950's that came with attachable legs and dampers but could be carried more easily than a concert instrument. These instruments were produced by the Chernihiv factory which produced many types of folk instruments.
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of Michael Masley on the Cymbalom
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