Kyle Motl, double bass



Kyle Motl


New Music for Solo Double Bass


Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 3:00p in the Recital Hall





Hydra Nightingale

Caroline Louise MILLER 

Interlocutions I

Kyle MOTL 

Light Beams Through Dusts, Through a Mist, of Moistures

Anqi LIU 


Kyle MOTL 




Kyle Motl, double bass performer

Kyle Motl is a bassist, composer, and improviser dedicated to the performance of creative music. His work explores issues of chaos and complexity through rhythmic and spectral transformations while remaining grounded in an embodied approach to performance and a direct engagement with materials. Kyle regularly gives solo concerts which expand upon the vast timbral resources of the contrabass.
     Kyle is active in a number of ensembles across the field of creative and improvised music, including the Sibarg Ensemble, Peter Kuhn Trio, Abbey Rader Trio and Quartet, Kyle Motl Trio, and Treesearch with Keir GoGwilt. His trio with Kjell Nordeson and Tobin Chodos, Panjandrums, appeared on Best-of-2017 lists on the Free Jazz Blog and Perfect Sound Forever. Kyle has performed and recorded alongside artists including Anthony Davis, Kidd Jordan, Mary Halvorson, Roscoe Mitchell, and Wadada Leo Smith, among others.
     Touring frequently, Kyle’s music has been performed at numerous venues, festivals, and conferences, including the International Society of Bassists Convention, the Darmstadt Fereinkurse, Bass2018 Lucca, the International Society for Improvised Music Conference, NUNC!3, Festival Internacional de Música Experimental, and the Subtropics biannual.
     Active as an interpreter of contemporary music, Kyle has collaborated closely with emerging composers including Caroline Louise Miller, Celeste Oram, Asher Tobin Chodos, Hunjoo Jung, and Anqi Liu. Kyle holds a BM from Florida Atlantic University and an MM from Florida International University. He holds a DMA from UC San Diego, where he studied bass with Mark Dresser and composition with Anthony Davis.
     “…a wide range of wonderful protean delights that promise to change us by revealing things we could have never imagined.” — Free Jazz Blog