2018
Subtle Degrees (Travis Laplante / Gerald Cleaver) w/ Carmelo Pampillonio
May
08
Tuesday
9pm - $10 ($5 for Students)
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Subtle Degrees (Travis Laplante / Gerald Cleaver)
'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. The piece concludes with Laplante maniacally holding a high note for several minutes while manipulating the stratospheric overtones.

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Travis Laplante on Subtle Degrees:

"Playing in this duo with Gerald is by far the most exposing musical experience I've ever had. I think it feels so raw and vulnerable because it has a similar nakedness to playing solo, while at the same time I'm completely relying on and needing to stay connected with Gerald, no matter what. It requires 100% trust in another person, as well as myself. Our respective parts in A Dance That Empties are so meticulously interwoven that it can potentially be disastrous if one of us makes even a tiny mistake. It feels like the riskiest piece I've ever written in terms of the psychological, emotional, physical and sensory demands."
Carmelo Pampillonio
Carmelo Pampillonio will be performing some experimental compositions with electroacoustic percussion and laptop.
www.soundcloud.com/carmelopampillonio
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