Bill Wesley 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.
Patrick Hadley has over 25 years of woodworking experience as well as being an accomplished musician and composer. He has recorded two albums on the Abracadabra label and produced a variety of original soundtracks for numerous videos. He is an artist in all that he does, from the design and creation of custom homes and unique landscaping to composing, recording and performing original music. He states, "When I was first introduced to Bill Wesley and his Array Mbira, I knew that I had found the ultimate way to blend my greatest passions, music, artistic design, and exquisite craftsmanship. It was 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".