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1 October 2016
By Grant Chu Covell in La Folia (USA), October 1, 2016

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“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.”

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.

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