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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:

Vinyl version available via NNA Tapes:

@ Roulette

August 16, 2016


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:

I can’t hear your breath loud enough- full video

March 6, 2016

The full version of I can’t hear your breath loud enough, my collaboration with the great Montreal-based choreographer Susan Paulson is now up online.  Thanks so much to Charlie Birns for doing such a beautiful job directing the video.


Release Day

February 5, 2016

My new duo record with trumpet great Peter Evans entitled Secret Meeting is now available via NNA Tapes! You can listen/purchase  Here.

Upcoming release!

December 8, 2015

My upcoming duo CD with the great Peter Evans (trumpet) entitled Secret Meeting is off to the press. It’s due out on February 5th, 2016 via NNA Tapes. I’m very much looking forward to sharing this music with everyone. Our NYC record release concert is on Feb. 6th. More details soon!