Treesearch is a duo comprising violinist Keir GoGwilt and bassist Kyle Motl. Their music represents a synthesis of traditional and exploratory approaches to string-playing, where florid harmonic and contrapuntal melodic devices are shaped by spontaneous shifts in timbre, articulation, and color. Oscillating between organized, vertical sheets of sound, and local, limbic dispersals of energy, the result is a soulful, virtuosic, and uniquely idiomatic music played across eight strings and a couple of trees.
Motl and GoGwilt have performed at major venues and festivals throughout the United States and Europe. The duo has been noted for its “own brand of in-the-moment invention” (The New Yorker) and “the seemingly limitless possibilities generated by 20 fingers, eight strings and two keen musical intellects” (The Wire).