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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

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