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Unique Instruments to be featured at Mission Trails Regional Park Concert

Musicians to introduce the array mbira and hang drum to audiences at free concert open to the public

Ray Ford with his hang drum (courtesy photo) Click on image to enlarge photo.

Ray Ford with his hang drum (courtesy photo) Click on image to enlarge photo.

San Diego County CA— Two talented musicians are billed to bring new, distinct and unique sounds to an upcoming free concert at Mission Trails Regional Park. Set to be held at the park’s Visitor Center this Sunday at 3 p.m., Ray Ford and Patrick Hadley will be playing the hang drum and the array mbira, respectively, in a concert designed to captivate audiences with these
instruments’ uncommon, captivating sounds.

The array mbira is a modernized version of an ancient African instrument known as the mbira, kalimba, likembe, sanza, as well as the thumb piano. Designed by a group of hand craftsmen, artists and musicians, including Patrick Hadley, this ancient musical instrument is handcrafted with a unique sound similar to a combination of a harp and bell. As Hadley stated when he was first introduced to the instrument, “I knew that I had found the ultimate way to blend my greatest passions: music, artistic design and exquisite craftsmanship.”

Patrick Hadley with his array mbira (courtesy photo) Click on image to enlarge photo.

Patrick Hadley with his array mbira (courtesy photo) Click on image to enlarge photo.

Ray Ford, an amateur musician, plays the hang drum, which is shaped like a flying saucer. Its two half-shell steel sheets are fully enclosed and punctured at the bottom. The instrument is played by lightly tapping the hands and fingers across the steel surface, producing a lighter percussion-based harp-like tune.

The concert is part of the Park’s free concert series, designed to showcase Mission Trails Regional Park as San Diego’s premiere educational and recreational resource. Admission is free and seating is limited to 93 people on a first come, first served basis. For more information about the concert, as well as the park, visit www.mtrp.org