In September 2017 Theo performed a short solo alto flute set at the Veruno Festival in Italy prior to the set by Tangekanic – the amalgamation of the Tangent and Karmakanic. A film of the complete set has been issued and can be seen here.
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Theo will be going into the recording studio in December 2017 to record a new Soft Machine album together with John Etheridge, Roy Babbington and John Marshall. Theo has written some new compositions for the band as have the other members of Soft Machine. The as yet unnamed album will be released sometime in 2018.
John Etheridge – guitar
Theo Travis - tenor sax, flute, keyboards
Roy Babbington - bass
John Marshall - drums
I am delighted to be touring the UK with Soft Machine in November.
Three quarters of the celebrated 70's version of the legendary group which recorded the acclaimed 'Softs' album in '75 plus me on sax, flute and keyboards is now a well established chapter in this iconic band. We will be playing material from the era (compositions by Hugh Hopper, Mike Ratledge, Karl Jenkins) as well as many contemporary works mainly composed by John Etheridge and myself as featured on our albums - 'Burden of Proof', 'Live Adventures' and 'Steam'.
Five shows from my UK tour in 2010 with guitarist Robert Fripp are now available to download from the DGM Live site either as individual concerts or as a bundle. Each concert was recorded by Trevor Wilkins, has been mixed by Alex 'Stormy' Mundy and features the 'Travis & Fripp' duo playing some remarkably powerful music. Concerts included are Bath Festival Spiegeltent, Gloucester College, All Saints Church Pittville Cheltenham, All Saints Church Falmouth and St Peter's Church Newlyn.
If you enjoyed any of the 'Travis & Fripp' albums, 'Slow Life' or the Cipher albums, I hope you will be interested in the brand new solo flute studio album recorded in London in 2016 and coming out in May 2017 on Tonefloat Records. Called 'Open Air' it is being released on heavyweight black vinyl. It features mainly atmospheric ambient flutes – alto flutes, bass flute, concert flute and a very cool Native American wood flute.Plus there are some surprises on there too.
I have just 25 copies of the Special Edition which has completely different artwork and a cool burgundy cover. I am personally signing these ones and with these copies as an extra come two exclusive high resolution bonus tracks. For those of you that go for this option, you will also know that these copies are a vital part of making this album project actually possible. Like a sort of Kickstarter/crowdfunding element that enables it to happen at all. So you have my personal thanks and appreciation for your contribution! See ordering page here for ordering info.
The remaining copies of this Special edition are available direct from Tonefloat records at www.tonefloat.com
I also have a limited number of the Standard edition of the vinyl with completely different cover photos and a green cover available on this site, on our shop. I am happy to sign these on request. The album will also be available as a Digital Download. The album features stunning photography by Brighton, UK based photographer Mark Nelson and design by Carl Glover.
Check out the video for a taster.
Thank you! T x
Press Quotes for 'Slow Life'
Despite the complexity of the arrangements, the pieces, each recorded live in the studio, are characterised by a sense of space, freedom and clarity. The overlaid flute loops resist entanglement and the listening experience is almost entirely restful.
There are no FX that morph or distort the natural sound of the instrument, but the resulting layered loops do produce an ethereal atmosphere within which the flute can explore, and makes for a surprisingly full sound given the solo nature of the album. The music is generally slow paced, with deep consideration given to each note and phrase.
Aural Innovations (USA)
Sinuous alto flute strands are stratified across contemplative soundspaces by Theo Travis. With dreamlike slowness, layers of flutatious curlicues unfold ... These solo flute compositions are beautiful and thoughtful.
Welcome to my new website and a belated Happy New Year to you all! The revamped website has been a while coming and I am pleased to launch it so early in 2017.
I have just returned from a great flying visit to Aberdeen in Scotland with my friend and colleague guitarist extraordinaire John Etheridge. We had a great trip with a gig at the Blue Lamp Jazz Club with drummer Alyn Cosker and double bass player Euan Barton and had a fabulous night. The following morning we took a jazz and improvisation workshop at Aberdeen University and we were impressed with the students who were of a high standard and really engaged with what we had to offer.
My main recent activity has been the preparation for the release of my new solo album 'Open Air' which is being released in a beautiful vinyl package on Tonefloat Records. The album is broadly a follow up to my 2003 album 'Slow Life'. It comprises 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.
The mixing and mastering has recently been completed and the artwork now signed off. There will be a special limited edition of only 75 copies for collectors, with completely different artwork and a burgundy cover, as well as the regular edition with a green cover. Both editions feature specially commissioned atmospheric photos by Brighton photographer Mark Nelson.
The special edition will also feature a link to two additional exclusive high resolution bonus tracks recorded from the same studio recording sessions.
There will be copies of both the special edition and regular edition available from my website shop (and also www.tonefloat.com) which can be signed on request. In addition to the download code, copies from my site will include an exclusive signed photo. Pre-ordering will open shortly.
I have also been involved in some great but low key gigs on the London jazz scene and planning some more Soft Machine concerts for later in the year.
Also there has been some really cool activity in my home recording studio working on some new production music - for a company that provides music for film and TV. It has enabled me to work on some really cool sounds and collaborate with some very talented people. I am working on some tracks with Fender Rhodes electric piano, acoustic piano and electronica in a musical soundworld combining Cipher music, the strangeness of Twin Peaks soundtracks and ambient electronica.
There have also been some discussions and mixes being sent for approval of recordings of concerts from the Travis & Fripp tours of 2009 and 2010. It is a thrill for me to have toured and recorded with Robert Fripp so much and I hope some of these recordings will see the light of day at some time in the future. There is some very cool music there.
But more of that later. So do take a look around the new site, hang around for a bit and feel free to leave any comments you wish to.
Update: New solo studio album 'Open Air' to be released on Tonefloat Records in Spring 2017.
Theo has recently completed work on a new solo flutes studio album. Broadly a follow up to his 2003 album 'Slow Life' the new album comprises 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 late 2016 in London at Andrew Tulloch's Blue Studio, the album, to be called 'Open Air', will be released on the Dutch Tonefloat label in Vinyl and Download only. There will be a special limited edition of only 75 copies for collectors, with completely different artwork and a Burgundy cover, as well as the regular edition with a Green cover. Both editions feature specially commissioned photos by Brighton photographer Mark Nelson.
The special edition will also feature a link to two exclusive high resolution bonus tracks recorded from the same studio recording sessions.
There will be copies of both the special edition and regular edition available from my website shop (and also www.tonefloat.com) which can be signed on request. In addition to the download code, copies from my site will include an exclusive signed photo.
An announcement about pre-ordering of the album will be made shortly.
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.
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.
Theo Travis continues his 'Transgression' tour into 2016 with his Double Talk Band with added dates - see Tour Dates page for details.
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'.
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 both John Etheridge and John Marshall are of course still in the band.
There will be a UK tour in March 2016 re-launching the band.
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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, Allan 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)