Experimental Music Series

The Four Tenors of the Avant-Garde Come to Kelowna

The acclaimed tenor saxophone quartet Battle Trance will be appearing in concert for the very first time in the Okanagan on January 29th at Kelowna Forum.

This concert is the sixteenth installment of the Skin And Bones Music Series. Now in its second year of production, Skin And Bones is an Okanagan Arts Award nominated concert series devoted to the presentation of experimental music in the Okanagan, produced through the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.

Battle Trance is currently touring North America promoting their recent second album Blade of Love which Rolling Stone ranked as no. 7 in the magazine’s 20 Best Avant Albums of 2016. Originating from Brooklyn, NYC, Battle Trance consists of renowned virtuosic musicians Travis Laplante, Patrick Breiner, Matt Nelson, and Jeremy Viner – all playing tenor saxophones. Within this homogenous instrument ensemble, this fantastic foursome demonstrates the vast and expressive breadth of the tenor saxophone. The result is a strident and muscular sound, arrestingly passionate while at times plaintively tender. Through original composition, improvisation, and seemingly telepathic ensemble interplay, Battle Trance explores both the physical and spiritual intersections of body and instrument, creating a rich sonic topography of profound emotional resonance.

Battle Trance performs at Kelowna Forum as part of the Skin and Bones Music Series on January 29th. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the concert will begin at 8:00 pm sharp. Kelowna Forum is located at 1317 Ethel Street in Kelowna. Admission is $20 for the public and $15 for students and Alternator members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Milkcrate Records on Ellis Street or at the Alternator located inside the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

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