Cleveland-born Michael Wimberly studied the rhythms of West Africa and 20th century contemporary music at Baldwin Wallace University and then, during his graduate years at Manhattan School of Music, Wimberly broadened his musical palette studying electronic and improvised music. These explorations connected him with master musicians from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, South America, and Europe. He has performed with artists as varied as George Clinton, Dionne Warwick, Charles Gayle, Berlin’s Rundfunk Symphony, Vienna’s Tonkuntsler Symphony, and Steve Coleman. His compositions have been performed by dance companies all over the world. His film scores include As an Act of Protest by Dennis Leroy Moore, and Atlantic City Lights by Brent Owens for HBO and he has produced sound design for several major theatre companies. In 2002, he joined the faculty of Bennington College as the hand-picked successor of improvised music percussion pioneer Milford Graves.