From New Amsterdam Records: “A Dance That Empties”

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A Dance That Empties
Subtle Degrees


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A Dance That Empties is Travis Laplante’s latest album-length composition, written for Subtle Degrees, a new two-musician ensemble consisting of Laplante (tenor saxophone) and Gerald Cleaver (drums).

Travis Laplante

Gerald Cleaver

The duo’s uncategorizable sound evokes everything from contemporary classical music, avant garde jazz, minimalism, technical metal, and sacred world music. Laplante is also the founder/composer of saxophone quartet Battle Trance and the ensemble Little Women.

A Dance That Empties is an extremely demanding composition that pushes the players to the limit both technically and physically, while the raw, vulnerable instrumentation makes for an intimately emotional experience for both performers and listeners.

A Dance That Empties is the culmination of a very long musical relationship. In 2001, when he was only 18 years old, Laplante played a concert at New York’s Knitting Factory, then a pre-eminent mecca for adventurous music of all kinds. Cleaver was in the audience, and came up to Laplante afterwards, handed him his phone number and said they should play together sometime. They soon did, “and I felt a very intimate and spiritual connection with Gerald that feels more alive than ever today,” Laplante says. “I’ve learned a tremendous amount from Gerald and have long considered him one of my favorite living… more

released February 23, 2018

Composed by Travis Laplante
Drum arrangements by Gerald Cleaver

Travis Laplante – tenor saxophone
Gerald Cleaver – drums

Recorded on April 20th, 2017 at Guilford Sound Recording Studio
Guilford, VT

Recording Engineer, Dave Snyder
Assistant Engineer: Matt Hall

Mixed by Eli Crews
Mastered by Joe Branciforte

Cover Image by Priscilla Cross
Back cover image by Sarah H. Paulson

A Dance That Empties was made possible, in part, by the Jerome Foundation and Roulette.

Vinyl record version available from NNA Tapes (NNA109)

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