New Solo Album Autumn 2016
Theo has recently been working on a new solo flutes album. Broadly a follow up to his 2003 album ‘Slow Life’ the new album comprises of 10 flute tracks – bass flute, alto flute, concert flute and various wood flutes, often layered in hypnotic loops and largely ambient and atmospheric in nature. Recorded in July and August 2016 in London, the as yet unnamed album will be released on the Dutch Tonefloat label in Vinyl and Download only.
Exclusively via this site, there will be for collectors 100 special copies hand numbered and signed by Theo. In addition to the download code, these copies will include an exclusive photo and two high resolution bonus tracks strictly only available for these copies.
An announcement about pre-ordering of these special copies will be made shortly.
Theo Travis Podcasts
Theo Travis has presented Two 2 hour shows on Progzilla Radio which are available for Podcast.
Edition 97 - featuring a selection of tracks that Theo Travis guests on, by Steven Wilson, The Tangent, David Sylvian, Gong, Porcupine Tree and others. Listen HERE!
Edition 147 - Theo’s guide through some great rock and prog sax tracks – including Pink Floyd, Van Der Graaf Generator, Traffic, Hatfield and the North, Steve Hackett and others. Listen HERE!
Theo Travis continues his 'Transgression' tour into 2016 with his Double Talk Band with added dates - see Live Dates page for details.
(Photo by Andrew Simpson)
Theo had the honour and great pleasure of playing saxophone, flute, clarinet and keyboards with guitar legend David Gilmour during his European tour dates in September 2015. Theo featured on such tracks as 'Money', 'Us and Them', 'Shine on you crazy Diamond' and tracks from the new Rattle that Lock album including 'Faces of Stone' and 'the Girl in the Yellow Dress'.
(Photo by Jill Furmanowsky)
It has been decided that Soft Machine Legacy shall drop the 'Legacy' tag from 2016. Legally it is entitled to do this as the Soft Machine name resides with those who were last in the band - ie John Etheridge, John Marshall and Karl Jenkins. Karl has indicated he has no objection to this and John, Etheridge and Marshall are of course still in the band. There will be a UK tour in March 2016 re-launching the band. See Live dates page for details.
New album! Theo Travis' Double Talk – Transgression.SPECIAL PACKAGE PRE ORDERS NOW OPEN
On 6 July 2015, Theo releases his ninth solo album and his first solo album in eight years, with his band 'Double Talk'.
Transgression was recorded in January 2015 at Koolworld Studio in Luton and Steven Wilson applied his studio skills to the album as he mixed and mastered it in his own No Man's Land studio, just before launching his own 'Hand Cannot Erase' world tour.
Theo says "It is an instrumental, bluesy, progressive jazz album. It reflects many of my influences and inspirations and I think it is both personal and of broad appeal – at least if you are into melody and powerful bluesy electric jazz with a strong 1970s influence. After a recent gig by the band, a member of the audience said to me 'This was the first time I've ever heard you play in your own band. Having heard you live before with Gong, Soft Machine, The Tangent, Steven Wilson, I knew it was going to be excellent - and it was' which was a very pleasing response to the music.
The line-up includes Nic France on drums, Mike Outram on guitar and Pete Whittaker on Hammond organ. "It is very much a live band and the album was recorded in the studio but all playing together live and watching each other intently. I think that immediacy and excitement comes across. I've written most of the music and much of it reflects my love of music from the late 1960s and early 1970s when the boundaries between Jazz, Rock and Experimental music were more fluid, though I think the music we have recorded still sounds contemporary. You might be able to hear the influences of King Crimson, Mahavishnu Orchestra as well as late Talk Talk, and ECM artists such as Terje Rypdal and my friend Palle Mikkelborg."
The album also includes an instrumental version of a track co-written with keyboard player and composer Andy Tillison – the title track from the Tangent's third album A Place In The Queue. There's also a cover of Robert Wyatt's tune Maryan and a track written with Dave Sturt of Cipher and the recent Gong line-up called Everything I Feared. The track Smokin'at Klooks is a tribute to Klooks Kleek the North London Jazz and Blues club open in the late 1960s, which was in a pub near where Theo used to live. A small club – it used to host such names as Keith Richards, Peter Green, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix! A real melting pot and springboard for so many great musicians and so much great music.
Nic France played on Steven Wilson's Grace For Drowning album and also on David Gilmour's Live At The Royal Festival Hall DVD. He also was the original drummer with Loose Tubes and has played with Kate Bush, Robert Wyatt, Alan Holdsworth, and Working Week.
Mike Outram played on two of Steven Wilson's albums as well as with Herbie Mann, Carleen Anderson, Jacqui Dankworth and with poet Michael Rosen.
Pete Whittaker plays regularly with guitarists John Etheridge and Nigel Price and was a touring member of The Wonder Stuff and Catherine Wheel.
The album is released on CD on July 6 on Esoteric Recordings and there will be a vinyl edition on Tonefloat records – a 12 inch album, plus for the first pressing a bonus 7 inch of the remaining tracks.
The release will be followed by a UK tour in the Autumn of 2015.
An early London preview gig has already been announced to coincide with the release – July 2 at The Vortex 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ (020 7254 4097) http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/events/2015-07-02/