Kyle Motl's TREESEARCH Album "Know More Knowledge" is Released

Kyle Motl's TREESEARCH Album "Know More Knowledge" is Released

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

KHN Alum (2019) bassist/composer, Kyle Motl, has announced a new album from TREESEARCH, his duo with violinist Keir GoGwilt. The album, "Know More Knowledge," was released 2.28.2020 on 577 Records. Kyle Motl is a bassist, composer, and improviser operating in various fields of creative and improvised music. He frequently gives solo bass concerts.

"TREESEARCH, comprised of bassist Kyle Motl and violinist Keir GoGwilt, unravels meticulously crafted metric and melodic structures in an incise yet subtle dialog. Situated between contemporary concert music, contemporary jazz, and free improvisation, the duo provides subtle attention to articulation and phrasing while maintaining the rhythmic drive of jazz based music amid adventurous timbral excursions.

The duo took shape after contrabassist Kyle Motl and violinist Keir GoGwilt convened to reinterpret some Kyle’s earlier music for piano trio, having played improvised and chamber music in various settings together. Realizing the flexibility and nuance the duo brought to that music, they set out to develop a new set of pieces tailored to their approach, ranging from very structured sequences of interlocking melodic, rhythmic, and timbral events to reconfigurable materials for extemporization. For more information, visit his website and his bio in our Resident Directory. 

Treesearch’s work draws from personal and shared histories as performer working across the boundaries of classical music and contemporary jazz. They have collaborated with visual artists, dancers, and writers. Recent collaborations include performance as part of visual artist Audrey Hope’s Hanging the Bear Cache installation and the Radio Seance for Vera Wyse Munro as part of Tautitotito, Celeste Oram’s Kranichsteiner commission for the 2018 Darmstadt Summer Course." (all details via or his instagram account)

Congratulations, Kyle!


Photo credits: 1st photo by Anqi Liu via, 2nd photo by Celeste Oram via, 3rd photo by the composer on his personal instagram, 4th photo by Sara McNeilly Ammon, taken at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 2019.