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Vandoren Interview

June 25, 2017

Vandoren recently interviewed me about saxophone extended techniques.  If you’re interested the interview can be found HERE.

Moers Festival

June 1, 2017

I’m happy to be included in the program of this year’s Moers Festival in Germany on June 5th.  Battle Trance will also perform in Rotterdam on June  6th and in Amsterdam at the Bimhuis on June 8th.  Here is an interview for the Moers Festival website.

Victoriaville

May 15, 2017

Very much looking forward to performing this weekend with Battle Trance at The Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville.  Also on the festival is Terry Riley, Anthony Braxton, and many other greats.  We perform Saturday, May 20th @ 1pm.

A Dance That Empties

February 3, 2017

Wednesday, March 1st will be the premiere of my newest long-form composition entitled A Dance That Empties at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY.  The piece features Gerald Cleaver on drums and myself on tenor saxophone.  Also on the evening is Battle Trance (TL, Patrick Breiner, Matt Nelson, Jeremy Viner- tenor saxophones) performing Blade of Love.  If there was only one concert of my music that you can attend this year, I would recommend this one. Here is the facebook invite.


Travis Laplante (L) and Gerald Cleaver (R).

End of the Year

December 30, 2016

Some recent press/end of the year lists that include ‘Blade of Love’:

Rolling Stone: ’20 Best Avant Albums of 2016′

Stereogum: ’10 Best Jazz Albums of 2016′

Bandcamp Daily: ‘New Directions in Sax’

Uncanned Music: ‘Favorite albums of 2016’

For Your GRAMMY Consideration…

November 26, 2016

Battle Trance’s Blade of Love is on the GRAMMY first- round ballot for ‘Best Alternative Music Album”.

‘Blade of Love’ is out today!

August 26, 2016

It is with joy and intense vulnerability that I announce that Battle Trance’s Blade of Love is now available.  As most of you know, Battle Trance is my tenor saxophone quartet with Patrick Breiner, Matt Nelson, and Jeremy Viner, and has been a primary musical focus of mine for the past few years.  Blade of Love is the culmination of 2+ years of writing, rigorous rehearsals, many tears, and a little laughter.

CD/digital download/free stream available via New Amsterdam Records:
http://battletrance.bandcamp.com/album/blade-of-love

Vinyl version available via NNA Tapes:
http://nnatapes.com/available-releases/battle-trance-blade-of-love/

@ Roulette

August 16, 2016

BT-bonustape

The first 100 people who pre-order Battle Trance’s upcoming vinyl LP Blade of Love from NNA Tapes will receive a FREE limited edition cassette tape, @ Roulette, a beautifully recorded  Battle Trance live performance.

@ Roulette is strictly limited edition with no digital release. It contains full color artwork featuring the art of Daniel Seiders, housed in metallic gold cassette tapes. @ Roulette will not be sold separately, it is only available with the first 100 orders from nnatapes.com and will not be re-pressed.

 

Dusted List

July 20, 2016

I recently contributed to Dusted Magazine’s “Listed” feature where I wrote about music, books, etc. that I love.  Here it is.

Announcing ‘Blade of Love’

May 17, 2016

Battle Trance’s 2nd record, entitled Blade of Love will be released on August 26th via New Amsterdam Records/ NNA Tapes.

Pre-order the CD/Digital

Pre-order the Vinyl

Watch the official trailer for the record: