Masley, Michael, American instrumentalist and composer; b. Trenton, Michigan, September 22, 1952. He studied creative writing at Northwestern Michigan College (1970-72); in 1973 began working with hammered dulcimer player Bob Spinner, who became a mentor. He played using traditional 2-hammer technique until 1979; during months at a fishing lodge in northern Michigan, he developed a 10-fingered "finger-hammer" technique. In 1982 he engaged the dulcimer maker William Webster of Detroit to make him a cymbalom (a large chromatic concert dulcimer); he added violin bows to the finger hammers in 1983, creating his unique "bowhammers." In 1982 he moved to Palo Alto, California, where he met guitarist Barry Cleveland (1983); they performed as the duo Thin Ice, releasing the recordings Thin Ice Live (1984) and 1st Frost (1985); he also played on Cleveland's later albums, Mythos (1986) and Voluntary Dreaming (1990); moved to Berkeley, California in 1985. His own recordings include Cymbalom Solos (1985), The Moment's River (1987), Bells & Shadows (1989), and Mystery Loves Company (1990). His innovative cymbalom technique enables the player to strike, bow, or pluck notes with all 10 fingers in any combination. The resulting timbral distinctions are used to create unuaually complex contrapuntal textures for a solo instrument, to which he often adds pitched and tunable percussion instruments. 

-- Bakers Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (8th edition)