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December 27, 2014

A few “Best of 2014″ lists that include Palace of Wind:

PopMatters (Best hopes to break out in 2015)

Magnet Magazine

PopMatters (Best Album)

PopMatters (Best New/Emerging Artist)

PopMatters (Best Jazz of 2014)

El Intruso International Critic’s Poll (#2 newcomer group)

Jazz Right Now

New Music Box

Words on Sounds

Boston Hassle

early reactions

September 13, 2014

Here are some links to some early words on Palace of Wind:

The Talkhouse (review by the great Roger C. Miller from Mission of Burma!)

PopMatters (Live review of our recent concert in Chicago)

The New York Times Classical Playlist

Tiny Mix Tapes

Chicago Reader

Wing Walker Music (Audio Interview)

The Whole Note

Wondering Sound


Palace of Wind is out today!!!!

August 26, 2014

Hello friends,

Today marks the official release of Battle Trance’s Palace of Wind!!!

You can stream, download, or purchase a CD via New Amsterdam Records HERE.

Vinyl is available via NNA Tapes HERE

Our record release concert is on September 24th @ Roulette and we were touring quite a lot this fall so I hope to see some of you out there!

HERE is a review by the great Roger C. Miller (Mission of Burma) that came out yesterday via The Talkhouse:



New Interview

August 14, 2014

Here is a recent interview of me speaking about the upcoming Battle Trance record, Palace of Wind.  Thanks to Sam Weinberg and Search & Restore for inviting me into a conversation. 

Listen to the first track off of ‘Palace of Wind’

July 31, 2014

I’m happy to announce that the A.V. Club just premiered the first track off of Palace of Wind, my tenor saxophone quartet Battle Trance‘s debut record that comes out August 26th via New Amsterdam Records and NNA Tapes. Battle Trance features Patrick Breiner, Matt Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and myself. You can LISTEN HERE to “Palace of Wind I” which is the first movement from the album-length composition. .
Pre-order the CD HERE

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