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  • richardmitnick 11:05 AM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From New Amsterdam Records via ALL: “Subtle Degrees” 

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    Subtle Degrees
    Date:
    September 18, 2018
    Time:

    Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm
    Admission:

    $12 in advance/$15 at door

    Arts + Literature Laboratory is located in Madison’s Schenk-Atwood neighborhood at 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704.

    On Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 8pm, ALL presents SUBTLE DEGREES, a new two-musician ensemble consisting of Travis Laplante (tenor saxophone) and Gerald Cleaver (drums). 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.

    Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $12 at https://subtledegrees.bpt.me or $15 at the door. Online ticket sales close 1 hour before the show. Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8pm.

    ‘A Dance That Empties’ is Travis Laplante’s latest album-length composition written for Subtle Degrees, a brand new ensemble consisting of Laplante (tenor saxophone) and Gerald Cleaver (drums). Truly singular and unique in scope, the duo evokes everything from contemporary classical music, avant-garde jazz, trance, minimalism, technical metal, and sacred world music. ‘A Dance That Empties’ is Laplante’s most risky piece to date. The extremely demanding composition pushes the players to the limit both technically and physically, while the raw and vulnerable instrumentation makes for an intimately emotional experience for both performers and audience.

    Ceremonial in shape and form, ‘A Dance That empties’ is a journey that unfolds over the course of approximately 40 minutes, with musical motifs that foreshadow, reoccur, and evolve. The piece refines sonic territory that Laplante has become known for in his saxophone quartet Battle Trance as well as his solo saxophone work, utilizing long periods of circular breathing, and using highly unusual saxophone fingering to create specific resonances. ‘A Dance That Empties’ adds the distinctly new element of complex rhythms (precisely executed by Gerald Cleaver) that compel the listener to completely lose themselves in the hypnotically repetitive, yet consistently and subtly shifting grooves.

    Travis Laplante
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    Travis Laplante is a saxophonist, composer, and qigong practitioner living in Brooklyn, New York and southern Vermont. He leads Battle Trance, the acclaimed tenor saxophone quartet; he is also known for his solo saxophone work and his longstanding ensemble Little Women. Laplante has recently performed and/or recorded with Trevor Dunn, Ches Smith, Peter Evans, Sō Percussion, Gerald Cleaver, Michael Formanek, Buke and Gase, Darius Jones, Mat Maneri, and Matt Mitchell, among others. He has toured his music extensively and has appeared at major international festivals such as Moers Festival (Germany), Jazz Em Agosto (Portugal), International Jazz Festival Saalfelden (Austria), Hopscotch (Raleigh, NC), Earshot (Seattle, WA), and many others.

    Popmatters hailed Laplante’s compositions as “an achievement not just for the saxophone, but for avant garde composition as a whole” while the New York Times called Battle Trance’s debut album Palace of Wind “mesmerizing… a floating tapestry of fascinating textures made up of tiny musical motifs, and a music that throbs with tension between stillness and agitation, density and light.”

    Laplante has served as guest faculty at the Royal Academy of Music (Aarhus, Denmark), Dartmouth College, and The New School. As a qigong student of master Robert Peng, Laplante has undergone traditional intensive training. His focus in recent years, under the tutelage of Laura Stelmok, has been on Taoist alchemical medicine and the cultivation of the heart. Laplante is passionate about the intersection of music and medicine. He and his wife are the founders of Sword Hands, a qigong and acupuncture healing practice based in Brooklyn, New York and Putney, Vermont.

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    Gerald Cleaver is one of the New York jazz scene’s leading drummer and composers, who covers a wide range of stylistic ground. Having played with jazz masters Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris and Ray Bryant as well as the leading lights of the AACM, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Wadada Leo Smith and Henry Threadgill, he is a product of many traditions within creative music.

    Cleaver is known for his associations with Roscoe Mitchell, Charles Gayle, Miroslav Vitous, Mario Pavone, William Parker, Michael Formanek, Joe Morris, Jeremy Pelt, Craig Taborn and Yaron Herman. He is also the leader of the bands Uncle June (a reflection on the personal and familial challenges of Black Americans during The Great Migration featuring Tony Malaby, Andrew Bishop, Mat Maneri, Craig Taborn and Drew Gress), Violet Hour (a tribute to Detroit featuring Jeremy Pelt, JD Allen, Andrew Bishop, Ben Waltzer and Chris Lightcap), Black Host (a noisy avant-garde group featuring Pascal Niggenkemper, Cooper-Moore, Darius Jones and Brandon Seabrook) and Farmers By Nature (a free-improvising collective co-led with bassist William Parker and pianist Craig Taborn).

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  • richardmitnick 3:42 PM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    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).

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    Travis Laplante

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    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

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    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)

    See the full article here .

    For new music by living composers

    John Schaefer

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio

    For great Jazz

    WPRB

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00AM-2:00PM featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Fridays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00PM


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

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    STEM Icon

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