About Kyle Motl & T.J. Borden
Improvised music for cello and contrabass where rapidly shifting textures give way to a post-Lutoslawskian melodicism tempered with a fondness for harsh noise. Touring in support of their upcoming duo release.
Kyle Motl is a bassist, composer, and improviser. Active in a variety of ensembles and settings, Kyle’s work crosses the boundaries between idioms as wide as free jazz, contemporary concert music, and extreme metal. Current interests include extended harmonic techniques for solo bass improvisation, electroacoustic performance with live electronics and improvising software, modular compositional schemes, recursive and generative structuring, and exploration of complex sonic spectra.
Current projects include ongoing musical relationships with the Abbey Rader Quartet and Peter Kuhn Trio, as well as duos with Drew Ceccato and TJ Borden. The Kyle Motl Trio, featuring Kjell Nordeson and Tobin Chodos is a collaborative platform for new compositions weaving complex structures together with free improvisation. Kyle has performed alongside artists including Anthony Davis, Kidd Jordan, Mary Halvorson, Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Dresser, and John Lindberg, among others.Kyle holds a BM from Florida Atlantic University and an MM from Florida International University. He is currently pursuing a DMA at UC San Diego, where he studies bass with Mark Dresser.
Hailed for his "technically polished playing" as well as an "endless amount of musical knowledge and creativity", T.J. Borden is a rising force in the experimental music landscape. T.J. has performed with many contemporary music luminaries such as the JACK Quartet, the Theater of Eternal Music Brass and String Band, the Slee Sinfonietta, Ensemble Offspring, Tony Conrad, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, and Steve McCaffery. He has performed at XFest in Massachusetts, Soundways New Music Festival in St. Petersburg, June in Buffalo, the New Media Art and Sound Summit in Austin, and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. His performance of Witold Lutoslawski's "Cello Concerto" with the University at Buffalo Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Bassin was praised for how he "mastered the works intricacies with elegant grace." Currently, T.J. is a member of the [Switch~ Ensemble], a group dedicated to the performance of works that incorporate multimedia into live performance and is looking forward to performing with them at the VIPA Festival in Valencia, Spain this summer.
As an improviser, T.J. has toured throughout Europe and North America and his improvisations are included in Guggenheim Fellow Kasumi's film "Shockwaves". He is particularly committed to working directly with composers and has worked with several established composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, La Monte Young, and Alvin Lucier as well as many younger composers, which is a priority for him. As a creative force, Tyler has been commissioned to write and perform by a variety of entities, including the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra, and hammered dulcimer virtuoso Mitzie Collins.