Vanier (Ontario, Canada), 1979
Composer • Performer (viola da gamba, pedal steel guitar, double bass, electric bass, objects)

Following a unique artistic path, Pierre-Yves Martel is constantly renewing his musical identity and practice. Though a multi-instrumentalist, he identifies himself first and foremost as a sound artist whose work oscillates between perpetual research and experimentation. It is in this spirit that he has revisited the viola da gamba, utilizing this traditional instrument in new contexts which reengage it with the contemporary world. Having created an authentic musical language through non-conventional techniques and instrumental preparations, he also works outside of instrumental music altogether, using a variety of objects rife with untapped sonic possibilities, from contact-mics and speakers to motors, wheels, surfaces and textures.