I regularly perform concerts of both improvised and composed music. Programs can be modified to fit the individual concert situation. Most frequent are fully improvised concerts that draw on character pieces I’ve developed. An example program note follows:

Metatrope: Solo Contrabass

At the heart of my solo music is an ongoing interest in exploring the limits of the contrabass. In solo improvisation, I am free to plumb the instrument’s wealth of sonorities, pushing sound to its breaking point and revealing the extremities of timbre, dynamic envelope, and technique. Solo performance also presents a platform to recontextualize, transform, refract, and elaborate upon elements drawn from my ensemble based musical endeavors, from the realms of contemporary chamber music, free jazz, and noise. An ever evolving series of explorations and reflections, Metatrope looks back on itself while pushing forward, embracing the idiosyncrasies of the intuitive process. In performance, it can take the shape of a set of crystallizations exploring specific phenomena, or a larger scale modular framework where these elements become more fluid.


Recitals of contemporary music can be arranged; recent programs include works by Håkon Thelin, Stefano Scodanibbio, Barry Guy, Iannis Xenakis, Tobin Chodos, Luciano Berio, Gyorgy Kurtág, Domenico Scarlatti, Ana-Maria Avram, and others. An example of a recent program:

Kyle Motl Panjandrums
Håkon Thelin oibbinadocS
Barry Guy Statements II
Kyle Motl Transmogrificant I
Tobin Chodos Trickle Town
Kyle Motl ax[i]on
Iannis Xenakis Theraps

Bassist, Composer, and Improvisor