Battle Trance (BOOKING)

 

Battle Trance

Genre-defying tenor saxophone quartet BATTLE TRANCE is Travis Laplante, Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner. Since forming in 2012, the four saxophonists have spent hundreds of hours deepening their musical connection with each other, maturing as an ensemble through relentless touring everywhere from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, Montreal to Vancouver, and most places in between. The virtuosic work of their debut album, Palace of Wind, as well as their bold followup, Blade of Love, has been called "an achievement not just for the saxophone, but for avant-garde composition as a whole" (PopMatters).

Members of Battle Trance have also performed with: Tune-Yards, Little Women, Tim Berne, Gerald Cleaver, Michael Formanek, Trevor Dunn, Ingrid Laubrock, Rafiq Bhatia, Ches Smith, Steve Lehman, Weasel Walter, Mat Maneri, John Hollenbeck, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Evans, and many others.

Battle Trance had an auspicious inception. One morning, Travis Laplante literally awoke with the crystal clear vision that he needed to start an ensemble with three specific individuals: Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner.  Laplante was actually unfamiliar with their work as musicians and had only a minimal relationship with them as individuals. He was also aware that a band of four tenor saxophones could be the worst idea ever. In spite of this, Laplante followed through and contacted Nelson, Viner, and Breiner. He gave them very little information beyond his morning experience.  But no one hesitated - the ensemble formed that evening.

For all booking inquiries, please contact Curt LeClair.

 
 

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