Travis Laplante's Battle Trance, Doug Perkins | Constellation | Experimental | Chicago Reader
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Travis Laplante's Battle Trance, Doug Perkins 

When: Sun., Sept. 7, 8:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $10
On his splendid 2011 solo release, Heart Protector (Skirl), tenor saxophonist Travis Laplante exploits the potential of free improvisation to instantly generate music of such complexity that it would be almost impossible to write down. He brings a similar protean intricacy into the realm of composition on the new Palace of Wind (New Amsterdam), an album-length piece by his tenor-saxophone quartet Battle Trance. The band, which includes fellow horn men Jeremy Viner (Steve Lehman, Weasel Walter), Patrick Breiner (Zhirtz n Zkinz), and Matthew Nelson (Zongo Junction, Tune-Yards), uses hocketing patterns, furry multiphonics, and drones fueled by circular breathing to create a constantly changing piece that wends from the parade-ground precision of Philip Glass’s small-group music to the emotionally extravagant expressionism of storefront gospel. A trio led by percussionist Doug Perkins opens with a set that includes pieces by Iannis Xenakis and John Luther Adams. —Bill Meyer
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