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NYC Winter Jazz Festival

October 30, 2018

I’m happy to announce that Subtle Degrees will be performing at the NYC Winter Jazz Fest on January 11th, 2019.  So grateful to be a part of such a vibrant festival that always has a phenomenal lineup!

New York Review of Books article

June 27, 2018

Thanks to Adam Shatz for a very thoughtful article about Subtle Degrees A Dance That Empties in relationship to John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space for The New York Review of Books.  I’m elated to be in such good company with Gerald Cleaver, James Brandon Lewis, and Chad Taylor.  Read the article HERE

Recent Press for Subtle Degrees

May 3, 2018

Here are a few recent reviews of A Dance That Empties:

Downbeat Magazine
San Fransisco’s Classical Voice
PopMatters
Heavy Blog is Heavy

‘A Dance That Empties’ now streaming!

February 20, 2018

Stream my new record A Dance That Empties HERE as a part of a special feature via LPR.  The record comes out on Friday 2/23!  Tour dates are posted in the ‘shows’ page!

New Record

December 19, 2017

I’m so happy to announce that ‘A Dance That Empties’, my new record with Subtle Degrees will be released via New Amsterdam Records/NNA Tapes on February 23rd, 2018. Subtle Degrees is my new duo with Gerald Cleaver (drums) .

Pre-order the CD/Digital Here

Pre-order the Vinyl Here

Below is the promo trailer:

 

 

 

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’