Soundings: New Music at the Nasher

Travis Laplante / Composer, Saxophonist, and Qigong Practitioner

February 20, 2020 - February 22, 2020

This Soundings season’s musician in residence is saxophonist, composer, qigong practitioner and Renaissance Man Travis Laplante, who divides his time between Brooklyn and southern Vermont.

Laplante is an astonishing technician, extending possibilities of the tenor saxophone into new territories that encompass the avant-garde, contemporary jazz and classical, world music, and beyond, swirled into a transformative artistic experience. His mastery of circular breathing, multiphonics and harmonics is virtuosic, and he’s likely to produce dizzying torrents of sound—it’s music as primal therapy, musician as shaman. His six-day residency will involve concerts in Nasher Hall, as well as in the galleries and sculpture garden. As a Pied Piper of improv and the moment, Laplante performances could lead audiences anywhere. “There’s nothing that Travis does that is not rooted in a kind of emotional psychology,” Seth Knopp maintains. “With all his techniques, it’s almost as if he wails beyond what’s humanly, physically possible, but he represents the emotion behind the wail. If he could go on wailing forever he would. It’s incredibly powerful.”

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Soundings: New Music at the Nasher is supported by Jessie and Charles Price, Kay and Elliot Cattarulla, Laura and Walter Elcock, John W. Dayton, and the Friends of Soundings. Additional support is provided by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger. 

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