Wednesday@Noon Series: Kyle Motl, Contrabass

Department of Music
Wednesday@Noon Series  

Kyle Motl, Contrabass
Ian Dicke, coordinator

Kyle Motl utilizes the sonic potentials of the contrabass to explore issues of complexity, chaos, and ritual in performance. Motl is interested in revealing the nature of the instrument which is “hidden” in plain sight. Elements of sound and technique thought to be at the periphery of bass playing are foregrounded and shaped as raw musical material. Transformation - of sound, materials, space, experience - arises as a key central to the realization of this improvisatory music.

October 31, 2018
Wednesday, 12:10 – 1:00 P.M.
Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157

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 many solo and ensemble works by emerging composers including Caroline Louise Miller, Hunjoo Jung, Tobin Chodos, and others. He has performed, recorded, and toured with various contemporary music ensembles. Recently he was a soloist with the La Jolla Symphony alongside Peter Evans, Helga Davis, and Kjell Nordeson in Tobin Chodos’ arrangement of Ornette Coleman’s Lonely Woman.

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.

Free and open to the campus
Information: (951) 827-3245
• The Wednesday@Noon Series offers concerts, lectures, and presentations of academic research by Department of Music faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and international guest artists and scholars. Ian Dicke, coordinator.


Wednesday, October 31 at 12:10pm to 1:00pm

Arts Building, Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157
Arts Building, Riverside, CA 92507

Event Type

Arts, Music & Concerts


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Transfer Students


Free and Open to the Campus

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