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King Crimson Tour 2019

I have some big news…I am excited to announce that I will be joining King Crimson for their 2019 World Tour. I will be playing keyboards in Bill Rieflin's absence as he has family matters he is attending to. Whilst I have toured with Robert Fripp before in the Travis & Fripp duo and we have actually released five albums now, this is the first time I will have had anything to do with the mighty King Crimson - apart from loving their music for 30 years! The current line-up of the band is incredible and features some of my very favourite musicians – Robert of course, plus Tony Levin on bass, Jakko Jakszyk on guitar and vocals, Pat Mastelotto on drums, Jeremy Stacy on drums and keyboards, Gavin Harrison on drums (yes – 3 drummers!) and one of my all-time musical heroes the wonderful Mel Collins on saxes and flute. It will be a particular thrill for me to hear Mel's wonderful solos every night. It is an extensive tour including 3 nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London (June 18-20), Radio City in New York (September 21), the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil and the stunning 15,000 seater amphitheatre in Verona, Italy. The full tour schedule is here: https://www.dgmlive.com/tours?liveshow=on Hope you can make one of the shows and maybe see you there. It is going to be amazing!
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2018 End of Year Roundup

So another year comes to a close. 2018 has been a great year for music for me. It started with some great jazz gigs with Ben Crosland and his Music of Ray Davies project. These were substituting for Dave O'Higgins who had other commitments. I always enjoy jumping into new musical experiences, often at short notice and this was no exception. 

There were only a few Double Talk gigs this year but each one was a corker and we started with a sold out London date at Finchley's Arts Depot which was fab. During the early part of the year I was heavily involved in the mixing, mastering and general production of the new Soft Machine album 'Hidden Details'. Also 'Between the Silence', the triple live CD of duo performances with Robert Fripp was completed and released.

Another exciting project was the trio of Apps on the Apple App store which I designed along with the excellent Peter Chilvers. Travis & Fripp I II and III were released in July - a new venture for me and something completely different. I was very happy to be involved in the new album by the Tangent called 'Proxy' and this has been getting great reviews. 

The summer and autumn saw the release of the new Soft Machine album (the first for 37 years) and an incredible world tour...Japan, Canada, America, the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Belgium, Norway, Italy and Austria. Amazing concerts and a fantastic reception for both the gigs and the new album. 

In December it was wonderful to play with Bill Nelson again (and Harold Budd and Dave Sturt) at his Plectronica event in Leeds. Plus there have been a couple of production music albums behind the scenes, more duduk learning and guesting on a few recording projects. So thanks for listening and looking forward to seeing you in 2019.

Happy New Year!
Theo x

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Hidden Details - #1 Spot in Amazon UK Charts

The new Soft Machine album 'Hidden Details' has reached the Number 1 slot in the Amazon.co.uk Jazz Fusion chart.
It also reached Number 1 in the prestigious progressive radio chart from Philadelphia USA 'Gagliarchives' with Tom Gagliardi.

The album has been receiving rave reviews across the globe.

It is now on Spotify if you want to hear a preview. The orange and blue vinyl editions have now sold out but the marbled vinyl tour edition will be available on the tour and a black vinyl edition will also be released. See www.tonefloat.com.

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Travis and Fripp Apps

Released on 6th July and following over two years in development, Theo together with pioneering guitar legend Robert Fripp and software designer and composer Peter Chilvers are delighted to announce the release on the App store for IPhone and IPad a trilogy of apps featuring the unique music of Travis & Fripp.

Each app features a different selection of performances by Travis and Fripp – contrasting in mood and key. This trilogy of apps recreates the unpredictable dynamics of live performance, creating a new experience on each listen.

The three apps utilise a wide selection of music performances by the pair of musicians ingeniously designed to work together in infinite permutations. Both Travis and Fripp have recorded brand new music for the apps in the studio in 2018, but these performances blend and combine with others gathered from live multi-tracks from the albums: Live at Coventry Cathedral, Thread, Discretion and Between the Silence (2018 3CD) and also concert recordings from Malaga, Madrid, Newlyn, Rome, Broad Chalke and the Bath Fringe Festival.

Developed by Peter Chilvers, who has previously collaborated with Brian Eno on the apps Bloom, Trope and Reflection, each recombines a selection of performances painstaking assembled by Travis from multi-track recordings from over a decade of collaboration, enabling old performances to mix with new, studio recordings to mix with live, and exclusive unreleased material to play with familiar performances.

The apps present a unique type of performance of musical texture and space, the building of long slow melodies, and the creation of slowly shifting harmonic soundscapes. Once the apps are started they will play continuously allowing endless performances by this remarkable duo.

Each app has its own flavour and unique slowly flowing beautiful visuals responding specifically to the music.

The apps can be purchased from the Apple App store individually (£2.99/$2.99/3.49Euros) or as together at a reduced price. Just search the Apple App store for Travis Fripp.

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Travis and Fripp - New 3 CD Album News

'New 3 CD album – out 6 July 2018

Travis and Fripp - 'Between the Silence'

Label Panegyric

Travis & Fripp has proved to be one of the most enduring of Robert Fripp's many duo projects – all the more remarkable really, given that both musicians are consistently involved in other projects; for Fripp, a renewed King Crimson has been a primary musical enterprise since 2014, while Theo has been busy with Steven Wilson continues as a member of Soft Machine, and writes and leads his band Double Talk While this has meant that plans for further Travis & Fripp concerts have proved impossible to schedule at present, work has continued on the music already recorded.

Between the Silence presents a specially priced 3CD set comprising three complete concerts recorded in 2009 and 2010. As with so much music where improvisation is central, a core element, hearing the performances as heard on the respective nights allows the listener to enter more fully into the spirit in which the music originated, while the differences in venues, acoustics and even size of audience impacts upon the manner in which the duo approaches each concert. Most of the music featured is new to CD with only two tracks having appeared in different / edited form on the album Follow.

As ever the music produced by Travis & Fripp remains wonderfully difficult to neatly categorise – sometimes quiet, but never to the extent that it could be described as 'ambient' – improvisational, but not in such a manner as to call it 'jazz' - using electronics, but not resulting in music that could be described as 'electronica'. It is, nonetheless, music that has touched a great many people – both in concert and as presented on discs – with this release marking the duo's fifth recorded release.

Given that cheerful defiance of categorisation, it is probably no surprise that other methods are being employed to bring the music to an even wider audience. Simultaneous with the preparation of the music for the album, a series of three generative music apps based on the music of Travis & Fripp has been developed. Each app will play a unique combination of elements of Travis & Fripp performances every time it is opened. It is due to be available later this summer for iPhones and iPads.

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