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Battle Trance trailer

June 10, 2014

Hello friends,

It is with joy that I announce the upcoming debut release of Battle Trance, my quartet of four tenor saxophonists that also features Jeremy Viner, Matthew Nelson, and Patrick Breiner.  The record, entitled Palace of Wind will be officially released on August 26th on New Amsterdam Records, with NNA Tapes pressing the vinyl version.  In the meantime there is a one minute video teaser below:

Battle Trance Promo Video from Travis Laplante on Vimeo.

‘Ancestral Instrument’ now available.

April 23, 2014

I am pleased to announce that today is the official release date of Ancestral Instrument, the brand new trio recording also featuring Trevor Dunn (double bass) Ches Smith (drums). It’s now available in physical form (cassette w/download card) at the NNA Tapes Website as well as digitally at itunes and other digital retailers. I am very happy to have this music in the world and would love for you to hear it.

Here is some info on the recording:

Ancestral Instrument” documents the musical meeting of three friends:
Travis Laplante (Little Women, Battle Trance), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle,
Fantômas, John Zorn), and Ches Smith (Marc Ribot, Secret Chiefs 3, Fred
Frith). Existing in the cracks of avant-garde jazz, contemporary classical,
indigenous world music, and soul, “Ancestral Instrument” captures an
evening of improvisation that took place at IBEAM, a small loft space in
Brooklyn, on December 14th, 2013. There was a fierce snowstorm that night,
and only a handful of people trudged through the brutal weather to attend
the concert. IBEAM served as an oasis, a respite from the cold, with people
literally coming into the room to thaw out.*

This was the first time the three musicians gathered together in a classic
saxophone trio formation (tenor saxophone, double bass, drums), and also
marks Laplante’s recorded debut in a purely improvised setting. Before the
concert began, the musicians established an unspoken agreement that the
music would have no expectations, nothing to prove, and no style to fill -
only that its sounds should be followed. “Ancestral Instrument” is a
document of this sound, a talisman of the thawing that took place that


Ibeam residency this month

April 3, 2014

I am excited that later this month I’ll be in residence at ibeam in Brooklyn for three nights.  Each night will feature a different band consisting of some of my favorite living improvisers.  Here are the details:

Thursday, April 17th
residency night 1
Trio with Mat Maneri (Viola) and Gerald Cleaver (drums)

Friday, April 18th
residency night 2
Quartet with Mary Halvorson (guitar), Trevor Dunn (bass), Ches Smith (drums)

Saturday, April 19th
residency night 3
Quartet with Mat Maneri (viola), Mike Formanek (bass), Randy Peterson (drums)

sets at 8:30pm and 10pm
$15 suggested
168 7th street, Brooklyn, NY

a year ends, a year begins

January 11, 2014

Little Women’s Lung made a couple “best of 2013″ lists.  Below are links if you’re interested in reading.

Burning Ambulance



New Trio next week

December 5, 2013

On Saturday, December 14th I’ll be performing with my good friends Trevor Dunn (Double bass) and Ches Smith (Drums).  We’ve been talking about playing in a trio formation for a long time now and it looks like the time has finally come.  I’m very much looking forward to this:

Saturday, December 14th
@ Ibeam
Travis Laplante, Trevor Dunn (bass), Ches Smith (drums)
168 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Battle Trance returns

August 24, 2013

On Tuesday, September 3rd Battle Trance will play as the sun goes down in Prospect Park in Brooklyn.  The concert will take place in the Prospect Park Peristyle, a beautiful structure with distinct acoustics.  Here are the details:

Tuesday, September 3rd
@ Prospect Park Peristyle
Battle Trance
Free outdoor concert (donations only)
Parkside Ave. Across from the parade grounds. Here is a map

a few more reviews of Lung

July 1, 2013

Downbeat – 4 stars

Words on Sounds

The List (Scotland)- 4 stars


This weekend in Brooklyn

June 10, 2013

Hello everyone,

I will be performing twice next weekend at ibeam in Park Slope/Gowanus.  On Friday night Little Women will perform ‘Lung” in it’s entirety.  We will lock the door and turn off the lights.  On Saturday, my new band Battle Trance will perform along with my friend Charlie Looker’s band Seaven Teares.  This is Battles Trance’s last concert before we head into the studio to record our debut record.  These will be my last two performances in the NYC area until the Autumn so come and say hi before I leave for the summer…
Here are the details:

Friday, June 14th
@ Ibeam
Little Women
168 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, June 15th
@ Ibeam
Battle Trance (TL, Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, Patrick Breiner)8:30pmSeaven Teares performs at 10pm
168 7th street, Brooklyn, NY

recent writings

April 29, 2013

Here are some early reviews of the new Little Women record if you’re interested:

Burning Ambulance

Time Out New York

Pop Matters

Lung is available now.

March 26, 2013

LUNG is now available for advance purchase as a CD or digital download at the AUM Fidelity website.  Get it there before it’s in stores and on itunes etc…This is the best place to purchase this music.

Here’s a description of the new CD via the AUM site::

Lung – the new album-length composition from Brooklyn’s genre-defying Little Women – is sonic cinema without precedent. Collectively composed and refined over the course of 2011/12, the piece is a collaborative work at the purest level, and is by far their most dynamic to date. Tone poem evocation, pop group melodicism, all-four-vocal-chords-as-one intonation, and unparalleled shrapnel-sharp/laser-beam-focused shredding are some of the sonic vistas moved through during this astonishing creation. The aim of their music continues to be transcendence, be it via brutally precise sonic assault, indelibly ascendant melodies or a quiet imbued with the globally resonant sound of the circulatory system.
Where their previous acclaimed suite Throat (2010, AUM061) grabbed listeners by the neck from its first seconds, Lung arises slowly from silence. The visceral qualities of their previous work is maintained, and the band is now also comfortable in places of deep mystery, subtlety – the long inhale, and magical moment of pause before the exhale – thereby diving much deeper into the inner planes of emotion and spirit. The highly charged emotional center of Lung becomes fully evident only when listened to in its entirety. It will not be made available on LP as that format requires an interruption to flip sides.
The band writes, “The main themes/forms of Lung all have the shape of a downfall of something beautiful. We were working with a Shakespearian form from its conception. The main themes that developed organically throughout the process of creating Lung are: the life and death of humans, the downfall of a romance, the inhale and the exhale, and the death of earth (both seasonally and ultimately). These themes exist and are encompassed on both the microcosmic and macrocosmic level, meaning they exist simultaneously inside every sound, every phrase, every section, and the entire piece.”