Who would have thought that viola da gamba and harmonica blend so well together! Martel’s hour-long Estinto firmly aligns him with late Cage and the Wandelweiser group, composers / performers of slower, silence-filled music. The combination sounds precisely like a shō which recalls Cage’s similarly paced One^9. Martel typically provides two closely spaced notes at once on harmonica and gamba, but ofttimes two notes on gamba and a third on harmonica, or two harmonica notes with a gamba tone. The experience can be to puzzle out what’s being sounded, or it can be simply to enjoy the weighted but calming tones and alternating embracing silences.