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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Total mastery of patience, time, and drama create a constantly engaging journey that never gets tiresome or same-y: in fact the harder you listen the better it gets! Somehow Sorey et al. find a way to combine the deep listening and spontaneous interaction of the best jazz with the sense of every tone and sound being worth a universe of listening, which could be equally from Cage and Feldman or the accompaniment to an ancient ritual.
The recording/engineering is absolutely perfect as well. Giles