Biography

Kyle Motl is a bassist, composer, and improviser dedicated to the performance of creative music. Kyle regularly gives solo concerts and seeks to expand the vast timbral resources of the contrabass. This work explores aspects of chaos and complexity while developing a form of solo polyphony through manipulation of sonic spectra.

Kyle’s diverse interests have led to the formation of a number of ensembles across the field of creative and improvised music, including Sibarg Ensemble (improvisation at the intersection of jazz and classical Iranian music), Peter Kuhn Trio, Abbey Rader Trio and Quartet, and the Kyle Motl Trio with Tobin Chodos and Kjell Nordeson. He maintains regular duo projects with Drew Ceccato, TJ Borden, and Tommy Babin. Kyle has performed and recorded alongside artists including Anthony Davis, Kidd Jordan, Mary Halvorson, Roscoe Mitchell, and Wadada Leo Smith, among others.

Invested in the music of living composers, Kyle has premiered solo works written for him by composers including Caroline Louise Miller, Tobin Chodos, and Federico Bonacossa. He has performed, recorded, and toured with various contemporary music ensembles.

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.” – Rick Joines, Freejazzblog

Bassist, Composer, and Improvisor