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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'

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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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New Soft Machine album ‘Hidden Details’

In September 2018, Soft Machine release their new studio album 'Hidden Details'. This is the first Soft Machine album (as opposed to Soft Machine Legacy album ) in 37 years – since 'In the Land of Cockayne'. It features John Etheridge (guitar) Roy Babbington (bass) and John Marshall (drums) alongside Theo on Tenor and Soprano saxes, flute and alto flute and Fender Rhodes electric piano.

PRE-ORDER HERE for 7 September release £10 plus P&P

Theo has written four tunes for the album and there are arrangements of two classic Soft Machine tracks – Out Bloody Rageous (from Third) and The Man who Waved at Trains (from Bundles) . There are also various group improvisations. The music is broad ranging from psychedelia to jazz rock to free form improv' to simple pop-ish tunes to hypnotic mood pieces.

There is a CD version available (Dyad) and a special limited edition vinyl version available (Tonefloat).

PRE-ORDER VINYL EDITIONS HERE

The vinyl edition includes a whole side – 6 pieces - exclusive to that edition.

The vinyl version comes in 3 versions – orange vinyl, blue vinyl and a super limited tour edition orange and blue marbled vinyl only available from the merchandise stall on the tour itself. Only 200 copies of this super limited edition will be made, so it will be both rare and highly sought after.

With the release of the album the band featuring John Etheridge, Theo Travis, Roy Babbington and John Marshall will go on a Soft Machine 50 Years World Tour celebrating 50 years since the first Soft Machine album. The band will be touring as follows-

2018

July – Japan and Canada

September – European Tour

October – USA Tour

November – UK Tour

For full tour schedule and gigs details, see live dates page.

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Soft Machine 50 Years Tour


Brand new studio album 'Hidden Details' coming soon!

This is three quarters of the celebrated 70's version of the legendary group which recorded the acclaimed 'Softs' album in 1975, completed by outstanding sax star Theo Travis (Robert Fripp/David Gilmour/Steven Wilson/The Tangent). The band plays material from the era (compositions by Hugh Hopper, Mike Ratledge, Karl Jenkins) as well as many contemporary works, as featured on their brand new album 'Hidden Details', released in 2018, exactly 50 years since the release of the band's 1968 debut album 'The Soft Machine'.

Whilst the line-up of Soft Machine may have changed many times since the heady days of the late 1960's, the band's spirit of musical adventure, and the ease with which it freely avoids being pigeon holed and can move from powerful progressive jazz fusion to atmospheric psychedelia to free improvised jazz-rock to ambient loop music continues to make it both unique and totally contemporary.

For a full list of Soft Machine Tour Dates, click here.​

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Soft Machine - European Tour News

 Great news for Soft Machine followers in mainland Europe! The band will be touring in September 2018, visiting cities including Oslo, Milan, Vienna, Prague, Zoetemeer, Verona, Brastislava and others yet to be announced! The full schedule of dates and venues will be published soon so keep visiting and follow Theo's social media channels for updates and news!

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Soft Machine - Maidstone Fringe

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Theo will be joining John Etheridge, Roy Babbington and John Marshall at the Maidston Fringe Festival 2018 on May 5th at Pizza Express, Maidstone.

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Guest Appearance

Theo appears as special guest soloist on the new eponymous solo album by Gleb Kolyadin, pianist extraordinaire from the band Iamthemorning. The album is released on Kscope and an extract of one of the tracks Theo appears on is featured here.

"Gleb Kolyadin is an emotive exploration of self-identity; a story of two parts with interweaving leitmotifs. The album's central concept weaves through an elaborate tonal and thematic structure, built around the extraordinary rhythm section of Gavin Harrison and Nick Beggs, which is accented at its focal points by guest appearances from Steve Hogarth, Jordan Rudess, Mick Moss and Theo Travis." ~ KScope


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Theo at Veruno Festival 2017

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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New Soft Machine Album

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.

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Soft Machine UK Tour – November 2017

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'.

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Theo with Tangent at Summers End 2017

Sunday, October 8th 2017 saw Theo performing live with The Tangent at Summers End Progressive Rock Festival in Chepstow, UK. Photographer Martin Reijman was there to capture the event.

Theo with Luke Machin at Summers End, Chepstow 2017
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Live Travis/Fripp recordings now available

Theo Travis with Robert Fripp

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.

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Open Air - Download now Available

Theo is pleased to announce that 'Open Air' is now available digitally. You can also preview all tracks first. Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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New Album ‘Open Air’ : 19 May 2017

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.

The Wire

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.

Ambientrance (USA)

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A belated Happy New Year

John Etheridge and Theo front and centre

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. 

Cheers, 

Theo

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New Theo Travis Solo Album, "Open Air" for 2017

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.

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Theo Travis Podcasts

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.

Click here for Edition 97

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.

Click here for Edition 147

Theo Travis continues his 'Transgression' tour into 2016 with his Double Talk Band with added dates - see Tour Dates page for details.

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David Gilmour

David Gilmour

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'.

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Soft Machine

Soft Machine

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.

See Tour Dates page for details.

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New Album! Theo Travis' Double Talk : "Transgression"

New Album! Theo Travis' Double Talk : "Transgression"

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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)

Click here for Show Information

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