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I can’t hear your breath loud enough

September 8, 2015

I recently finished ‘I can’t hear your breath loud enough’, a collaborative piece with Susan Paulson, the amazing Montreal-based choreographer and dancer. Here is a link to a 6 minute trailer/excerpt of the piece:

Many thanks to Charlie Birns for so beautifully working with us to translate the piece to a screen and for Richard Sand’s masterful camera work. The full version of the video will be unveiled in the near future!

Guelph Jazz Festival

August 19, 2015

Battle Trance will open the 2015 Guelph Jazz Festival on September 15th.  It looks like an amazing lineup this year.  I will also be giving a talk as a part of the GJF colloquium on September 17th.  My talk is entitled “Wisdom, Love, and Vitality: the aspects of the great improviser.”

More info HERE

Spring Update

April 17, 2015

Hello friends,

Here is a quick update of what I have been working on:

I recently recorded a duo with Peter Evans (trumpet).

I am nearing the completion of my next set of solo saxophone music which will most likely be recorded this fall.

The next piece of music for Battle Trance is in the process of being composed and rehearsed.

Some other very exciting news to be announced soon!

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