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In Search of a Certain Bird

by Kyle Motl

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    Download includes a brief improvisation recorded at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City.
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While staying at Certain Bird in the woodsy Vermont hills, I felt inspired to record some solos in the dance studio one afternoon. I hadn’t been planning on recording any solo work, and had no particular aim with the recordings. The room has an inviting acoustic as well as a unique sort of calm. Large open windows allow the rustle of the wind in the trees (and the occasional vehicle passing by) into the recording.

As it is.

Thanks to the Certain Bird crew.

In the House of Apples - 8:37 - is an improvisation included with the download.


released October 23, 2019

Kyle Motl: solo contrabass
all music improvised by Kyle Motl
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Kyle Motl

In Search of a Certain Bird recorded August 30, 2019 in Vermont

In the House of Apples recorded September 30, 2019 at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City


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Kyle Motl Brooklyn, New York

Kyle Motl is a bassist, composer, and improviser described as “spectacularly adventurous and dynamic” whose playing is noted for both its “iridescent delicacy as well as abrasive force” (The Wire). His music "promise[s] to change us by revealing things we could never have imagined” (Free Jazz Collective).

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