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A Dance That Empties


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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. The two have performed together various times over the ensuing 17 years, but Laplante never felt he was quite ready to record with Cleaver. “It got to the point where I took a multiple-year break from playing with him because I felt like I didn’t have enough to bring to the table,” says Laplante. “I needed to practice so I could have more to give to our musical relationship.” Then, in the fall of 2016, Laplante received a commission to compose a piece to be performed at Roulette in Brooklyn the following spring. “I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to return to this relationship with Gerald.” And so Laplante began composing an epic-scale work with Cleaver’s rhythmic virtuosity in mind. Inspired by the longer forms of spiritual ceremonies, A Dance That Empties is a continuous journey that unfolds over 43 minutes, with musical motifs that foreshadow, recur, and evolve.
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Item number NWAM093
Barcode 798304421613
Release date 2/23/2018
Category Contemporary Jazz
Label NEW AMSTERDAM RECORDS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Ensemble Subtle Degrees
Disc: 1
A Dance That Empties I00:12:00
1 A Dance That Empties I 00:12:05 Subtle Degrees
A Dance That Empties II00:11:00
2 A Dance That Empties II 00:11:24 Subtle Degrees
A Dance That Empties III00:18:00
3 A Dance That Empties III 00:18:03 Subtle Degrees
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