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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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Memory Lane Monday - 'The Crow Road'


Twenty one years ago I first read the book 'The Crow Road' by Scottish author Iain Banks. I thought the book was fab' as it combined menace, dark humour and an interesting take on the relationships between the characters. I was so taken with the book that I named a track I was writing for my 'Secret Island' album after it. I also thought the title fitted the music because of its multi-layers, its rollercoaster nature and its unusual twists and turns. The Crow Road is actually a road in West Glasgow (which I have subsequently driven on many times on journeys up to the Scottish Highlands) but it is also an expression for death, as in 'He's away the Crow Road'.
I subsequently read many of the author's other great books and through a mutual acquaintance we struck up a brief correspondence and I sent him the album which included the track 'The Crow Road'. He said he liked it which was very gratifying. I got to meet him a couple of times and was invited to one of his birthday parties in a pub in London which was fun.

The track 'The Crow Road' is a bit of a prog jazz epic - at its core it is an up tempo blues but with jagged prog' interludes, changing time signatures, and big solos. There is one particularly tricky gear change (a fast 4/4 modulating to 6/8 for the musos) that was inspired by part of a great old It Bites song ('Screaming On The Beaches' actually). There are other strong musical influences eg of King Crimson and John Coltrane. The whole band plays wonderfully on the recording which was made live in the studio – David Gordon on piano, Rob Statham on bass, and special mention to the special guest John Etheridge on guitar who plays a burning solo. Marc Parnell on drums plays spectacularly throughout. This track and the whole 'Secret Island ' album were recorded in summer 1996 at the now defunct Protocol studios off the Holloway Road, North London, I was very fortunate to have been able to book the wonderful sound engineer Phill Brown to record and mix the album. He had been recommended to me by bassist friend Mario Castronari. I think Phill was in the middle of recording Mark Hollis' classic solo album at the time and he is one of the great sound engineers – having recorded such classic albums as 'Spirit of Eden' and 'Laughing Stock' by Talk Talk, 'Houses of the Holy' by Led Zeppelin and Island records artists like John Martyn and Steve Winwood as well as 'No Woman No Cry' by Bob Marley. All artists and records I love. It was a privilege and a joy to work with Phill on the album and I think he got an amazing sound on it It was wonderful to hear his stories too!

I went to huge lengths for the cover of the album, travelling all over the south coast of England to find a suitable beach location. I was really looking for somewhere as atmospheric and bleak as the beaches in the wonderful 'Quadrophenia' album booklet with its grainy black and white photography by the legendary Ethan A. Russell. I ended up near Seaford in Sussex which had some amazing coastal cliffs and hidden beaches. The album photography was by Brighton based photographer Mark Nelson of (First Light photography) and it was our first collaboration – the first of many as Mark has now shot the covers of no less than fourteen of my albums including my very latest release 'Open Air'.

The track 'The Crow Road' works really well live particularly as a 'set ender' and has been a mainstay of my jazz quartet's live set touring the British jazz clubs for many years. More recently we have played it live with my Double Talk band on some gigs too. I think it still holds up. Hope you like…

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Review : Theo Travis: Open Air

​By John Kelman, All About Jazz (Source Review)

It's been a very busy decade for Theo Travis. The British reed/woodwind multi-instrumentalist has appeared, to varying degrees, on literally every album that Steven Wilson has released since turning to a solo career in 2009—from Insurgentes and 2011's Grace for Drowning (Kscope), through 2013's best-selling The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories), 2015's commercial breakthrough Hand. Cannot. Erase. and 2016's interim EP, 4 1/2 (all on Kscope)—while touring the world for three years with the rising progressive rock star, documented in his self-released book, Twice Around the World: Steven Wilson Tour Blogs 2012-2013 and including appearances in Montreal, Canada in 2011 and 2013.

During that time, he's also managed to tour and release a series of soundscape recordings with King Crimson's Robert Fripp, from 2008's Thread through 2014's Discretion (all on Panegyric); tour with David Gilmour in support of the Pink Floyd guitarist's Rattle That Lock (Columbia, 2015); and continue to record/tour with Soft Machine Legacy, the largely alumni-based collective of ex-Soft Machine members (Travis being one of the few, in the new millennium group's decade-plus existence, who did not play in its original run from 1966 through 1981); and both tour and record with British progressive rock group, The Tangent.

Beyond guest appearances on albums by artists including No-Man, a reformed Jade Warrior, ex-Japan drummer Steve Jansen, Gong and David Sylvian, it's hard to believe that, during that very same period—and, In addition to 2011's All I Know, an impressive and, especially for those new to Travis' music, informative two-CD anthology covering sixteen years of jazz-centric solo releases (most on the 33 Jazz imprint) from 1993's 2am through 2004's Earth to Ether, 2007's Double Talk and 2009's very limited live release, Ascending, Live at the Pizza—Travis also continued to gig occasionally with his Double Talk group, releasing its first studio album in eight years with 2015's Transgression (Esoteric Antenna).

On many of these recordings and live performances, Travis has used a sophisticated array of looping and other sonic devices to create what he calls "Ambitronics"; a process by which he can create multilayered, often spontaneously composed, music. But it's his duo work with Fripp and his ongoing collaboration with fellow Gong alum/bassist Dave Sturt as Cipher, which has currently released three albums, including 2006's Elemental Forces (Burning Shed)—in addition to writing scores for eight silent films from the 1920s that were performed live in a series of independent movie theaters across the U.K.—and, most notably, his solo flute outing, Slow Life (Ether Sounds, 2003), that first set the precedent for Open Air, another ambient-based, loop-driven solo flute recording that, limited to vinyl and downloadable formats, demonstrates continued growth for Travis while being possessed, at the same time, of some significant differences.

First, while still largely based upon spontaneously composed original music, Open Air also includes two pieces from outside sources: "Magnify," a drone-driven piece based on a traditional tune but here transformed almost beyond recognition into a lush, tranquil landscape; and "Whistman's Wood," the opening track from fellow reed multi-instrumentalist John Surman's Saltash Bells (ECM, 2012) that here, performed on flutes rather than saxophones and clarinets (and without the relentless rhythm of Surman's sequenced synthesizer), assumes a far calmer complexion, even as Travis builds his piece around Surman's core changes, layering loop-upon-loop of concert flute, alto flute and bass flute to create an ever-shifting series of changes that combine lithely improvised lines and clouds of sound that gradually ascend beyond perception, leaving Travis' lone flute to conclude the piece with gentle flurries, before ending with a single sustained note.

Unlike Slow Life's Travis-alone performances, Open Air also features a guest appearance by Academy of St, Martin in the Fields cellist Judith Herbert, who contributes deep, dark, wooden lines to Travis' bass flute drone-driven album-opener, "Menacing Eyes," with its hints of Middle Eastern tonalities and overall melancholic disposition.

Third, whilst Slow Life was an exploration of what could be done with nothing more than an alto flute and Ambitronics, Open Air expands Travis' sonic palette through its use of a variety of flutes: in addition to concert, alto and bass flutes, Travis introduces wooden flute and, in particular, Native American flute on "Snow Owl Earth," where its specific tonality dominates over a gentle chordal cushion of other layered flutes.

Travis describes Open Air as "beatless, ambient flute music," and there's no denying that this largely tranquil 50-minute program can easily serve as a much-needed balm for today's troubled times. But it's much more than that. The term "ambient" often suggests (in no way derogatorily) unobtrusive sonic backdrops: music that does not command the mind but, instead, is more felt than heard; music evocative of imagery and atmosphere rather than melodic, harmonic and rhythmic movement.

Indeed, there are aspects of Open Air that meet such descriptors...but equally, it's hard not to appreciate the lovely melodies and haunting changes that define the spacious "Preacher and Flock"; the arpeggio-driven "Sailing and Drifting," which suggests a calmer, less unrelenting Philip Glass; or the closing, riff-driven, finger-snapping "Head for Home," a surprisingly propulsive piece that could easily morph into a progressive rock instrumental with the addition of an electrified rhythm section.

Throughout, Travis continues to prove himself a masterful player and spirited conceptualist. It may well be an album of "beatless, ambient flute music," but that's too reductionist a description of Open Air. As definitive as its calming quietude can be, this is a remarkably diverse and unpredictable album, especially considering its relatively diminutive instrumentation.

Not unlike Norwegian reed/woodwind player Hakon Kornstad—whose series of improvised solo reed and woodwind recordings on Jazzland (also, utilizing extensive looping), including 2010's Dwell Time and 2011's Symphonies Inside My Head are similarly impressive but born of a very different mind—Travis continues to demonstrate just how disparate a similar foundational concept can become in the hands of musicians from different cultures and differing musical touchstones.

Possessed of a reach that has, over the past quarter century, found him traversing a remarkably broad expanse of the musical continuum, Travis continues to transform a concept similarly adopted by other musicians into something deeply personal and instantly recognizable. Call it jazz, call it prog, call it ambient. Call it anything you wish, but perhaps the best and most accurate description of Open Air is this? A musically deep and diverse yet emotionally soothing and eminently appealing record that positions Travis as a musician of great reach, infinite potential...and deserving of increased attention, as he continues to find himself the musician of choice for a great many others, even as he continues to build his own impressive discography. ​


Track Listing: Side A: Menacing Eyes; October Night; Whistman's Wood; Snow Owl Earth; Glint of Light. Side B: Magnify; Preacher and Flock; Blackhouse; Sailing and Drifting; Head for Home.

Personnel: Theo Travis – flute, alto flute, bass flute, wood flute, Native American flute; Judith Herbert: cello (Side A#1). Title: Open Air | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Tonefloat

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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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Burden of Proof Review

Three quarters of the celebrated 70’s version of the legendary group which recorded the acclaimed ‘Softs’ album in 1976, are completed by outstanding sax star Theo Travis. 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 recent album ‘Burden of Proof’.

“Burden of Proof is, to put it mildly, absolutely exquisite. These are four musicians who are masters of their craft, and truly at the top of their game, not only as soloists but as contributors in an actual band. They've put together here a collection of songs that basically has something for everyone; challenging jazz-fusion, adventurous prog-rock, bits of chaotic free-jazz, atmospheric instrumental popjazz, and even a little hard rock. Extraordinary!"

Pete Pardo

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The Arts Depot - Review

The sax player and Fripp collaborator brings his live show to the capital.

Venue: The Arts Depot, London
Date of Gig: Monday 30th June 2016

If you like music operating at the fluid interface between jazz, ambient and prog, you’ll wish you’d been in north London to witness Theo Travis and his band (guitarist Mike Outram, organist Pete Whittaker and drummer Nic France) in full, flowing effect.

You can see why prog mainstays and outliers as esteemed as Robert Fripp, Bill Nelson, Steven Wilson, Gong, David Sylvian and Harold Budd have flocked to work with the saxophonist, flautist and composer. His music’s not all ECM-style slow serenity and late-period Talk Talk tranquility, though. There are moments of Mahavishnu-esque intensity when the players threaten to tear the roof off.

It’s a varied set. Sometimes they seem less like a prog band than a modern jazz quartet. Much of the show comprises tracks from the 2015 album Transgression, but there are intriguing diversions. Travis introduces a song “by a great British songwriter who is no longer with us” – Syd Barrett’s See Emily Play – with an addendum about stopping at Toddington Services on the M1 and getting a call from David Gilmour to join him on tour in Europe. It might not be everyone’s cup of hallucinogens – the sinister psych strut of Syd’s original is replaced by sweet and sour sax noodling – but it’s certainly different.

Sometimes it’s a tad smooth. But then they’ll throw in a drum fusillade or a sax blast and you’ll be back on prog terra firma. It’s all very grown up, with tasteful applause not just at the end but for solos within songs too. Smokin’ At Klooks has a bossa nova, Latin feel worthy of Abraxas-era Santana. And a tune inspired by Iain Banks’ The Crow Road has a quirky rhythm, somewhere between cool jazz and more frenetic prog.

It’s a show of two halves. Fire Mountain kicks off the second half, with some McLaughlin-fast guitar and virtuoso sax. Song For Samuel is like Steely Dan if they eschewed tunes for dexterous jazz fusion. The audience are transfixed by the version of Robert Wyatt’s Maryan, while Portobello 67 hints at psychedelic jazz.

They climax with a song about Pluto’s changing planet status. Suitably, it has all the alien quirks, strangeness and charm of Captain Beefheart. But then Theo Travis has a magic band of his own.

Paul Lester

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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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Video via K2 Item

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Tour Dates

Theo Travis' Double Talk

‘Transgression Tour’ 2016

Theo Travis - Tenor and Soprano Saxophones and Flute
Mike Outram - Guitar
Pete Whittaker- Organ
Nic France- Drums

2016

Fri 15 Jan - Stoke by Nayland - Fleece Jazz, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath,  Colchester, Essex,  CO6 4PZ (Tel: 01787 211865) www.dovbear.co.uk/fleece/
Sat 30 Jan - London - Arts Depot, 5 Nether Street, North Finchley, N12 0GA (Tel: 020 8369 5454) www.artsdepot.co.uk
Thurs 4 Feb - Oxford - The Spin, Oxford's Jazz Club @ The Wheatsheaf, 129 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4DF (opposite Covered Market) (Tel: 07711 671647) http://spinjazz.net/event/272
Sun 24 April 4:30pm - Bournemouth - Jazz Festival. King’s Hall, Royal Bath Hotel, BH1 2EW http://www.bournemouthjazzfestival.co.uk/theo-travis-s-double-talk.html
Fri 6 May - Birmingham - The Red Lion, 95 Warstone Lane, 
Birmingham Hockley  B18 6NG (0121 233 9144 ) http://livebrum.co.uk/red-lion/2016/05/06/double-talk
Weds 25 May - Tilburg, Netherlands - Paradox Club https://paradoxtilburg.nl/programma/tonefloat-presents-theo-travis-double-talk/
Thurs 2 June – Harwich - Electric Palace, King’s Quay Street, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3ER (Tel: 01255 553333)

Tues 7 June - Petersfield - Bedales School Theatre, Church Road,  Steep, GU32 2DG (Tel: 01730 711510) http://www.bedales.org.uk/
Fri 24 June - Reading Jazz - Progress Theatre http://www.jazzinreading.com/
Weds 13 July 8pm - London - Café in the Crypt, St Martins Church, Trafalgar Square http://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/music/jazz-nights/
Fri 9 December - Luton - The Bear Club, 24a Guildford Street Mill Yard LU1 2N http://www.the-bear.club/home/

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Recordings

 

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Steven Wilson 4 1/2 K Scope 2016
Steven Wilson Transience K Scope 2016
Andy Tillison Diskdrive Durch 2016
Anekdoten Shooting star EP Disk Union 2016
Various Tonefloat TF100 Tonefloat 2016
Steven Wilson Hand cannot erase Kscope 2016
Fish on Friday Godspeed CD Baby 2013
Anekdoten Until the Ghosts are Gone Musea/Virta 2015
Jane Getter On Snapper 2015
Theo Travis "Double Talk" Transgression Esoteric Antenna 2015
Christina Booth The Light Download Only 2015
The Tangent A Spark in the Aether Inside Out 2015
Dave Sturt Dreams and Absurdities Esoteric Antenna 2015
Travis & Fripp Discretion Panegyric/Tonefloat 2014
Echo Engine Windjammer Download Only 2014
Goldbug Nacaal IK 2014
Bass Communion Indicates Void 4 CD Box set Tonefloat 2013
Steven Wilson The Raven that Refused to Sing (and other stories) KScope 2013
Steven Wilson Drive Home EP Kscope 2013
Soft Machine Legacy Burden of Proof Esoteric/ Moonjune 2013
The Tangent Le Sacre du Travail Inside Out 2013
Travis & Fripp Follow Panegyric 2012
John Lester Jazz? Ambit Jazz 2012
Steven Wilson Catalogue/Preserve/Amass CD/Vinyl Headphone Dust 2012
Steven Wilson Get All You Deserve DVD/CD KScope 2012
Bill Nelson Classic Rock Legends 2CD/DVD ITV 2012
Travis & Fripp Discretion - High res Download only Bowers and Wilkins 2012
Dalis Car Ingladalonenes MKCD4 2012
John Foxx and Theo Travis Torn Sunset Edsel 2011
Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning KScope 2011
Bill Nelson Classic Rock Legends DVD ITV 2011
The Tangent Going off on Two DVD SCM 2011
The Tangent Comm Inside Out 2011
Theo Travis All I know 33 Records 2011
Travis & Fripp Live At Coventry Cathedral Palvergyric 2010
Travis & Fripp Live at Bishops Cleeve 12" Vinyl Tonefloat 2010
Travis & Fripp Live at Broad Chalke 12" Vinyl Tonefloat 2010
Soft Machine Legacy Live Adventures Moonjune 2010
Stefano Panuzzi A Rose Emerald 2010
Goldbug The Seven Dreams One K 2010
Tim Motzer and Markus Reuter Descending One K 2010
Gong 2032 A Wave 2009
Steven Wilson Insurgentes 2CD KScope 2009
Francis Dunnery There's a Whole New World Out There Aquarian Nation 2009
Theo Travis' Double Talk Ascending- Live at the Pizza, limited edition 2CD set Ethersounds 2009
Theo Travis and Fear Falls Burning The Tonefloat Sessions (Vinyl) Tonefloat 2009
Travis & Fripp Thread 2LP Deluxe Vinyl Edition Tonefloat 2009
Travis & Fripp Live at Broadchalke DGMLive Download 2009
Travis & Fripp Live at Bishop's Cleeve DGMLive Download 2009
The Tangent Down and out in Paris and London Inside Out 2009
Sugizo Cosmoscape - Compilation Oricon  
Steven Wilson Insurgentes Headphone Dust/ Tonefloat 2008
Steve Jansen The Occurence of Slope DVD Samadhisound 2008
Karmakanic Who's the Boss at the Factory Inside Out 2008
Philip Clemo The Rooms All colours Arts 2008
Steve Jansen 4 remixes from Slope Samadhisound 2008
Jade Warrior Now Windweaver Music 2008
No Man Schoolyard Ghosts Snapper 2008
Travis & Fripp Thread Panegyric 2008
The Tangent Not as good as the book Inside Out 2008
Bass Communion Pacific Codex Equation 2008
Cary Grace Band Where you go Door 13 Music 2008
Theo Travis Double Talk 33 Records 2007
Theo Travis Slow Life - 2 LP Deluxe vinyl edition featuring bonus tracks Tonefloat 2007
Soft Machine Legacy Steam Moonjune 2007
The Tangent Going off on one Inside Out 2007
Steve Jansen Slope Samadhisound 2007
Cipher Elemental Forces Burning Shed 2006
Bass Communion Ghosts on Magnetic Tape Tonefloat 2006
No Man Returning Jesus Complete Sessions - 3LP Vinyl edition 3rd Stone 2006
Theo Travis Eleven Bowls of Acidophilus Flute Salad Tonefoat/C 2006
The Tangent A Place in the Queue Inside Out 2006
John Lester So Many Reasons Midnite Café 2006
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream - Special Edition 2 CD set Lava/Atlantic 2006
The Tangent The World that we drive through Inside Out 2005
Nine Horses Snow Bourne Sorrow (David Sylvian/Steve Jansen/Burnt Friedman) SamadhiSound 2005
Bass Communion Indicates Void Tonefloat 2005
A Marble Calm Surfacing Burning Shed 2004
Steven Wilson Unreleased Electronic Music Volume 1 Headphone Dust 2004
Bass Communion Ghosts on magnetic tape Headphone Dust 2004
Tito Lopez Combo Still Smokin' Tito's Records 2004
Karen Lane Taste 33 Records 2004
David Sinclair Into the Sun DSINCS-Music 2003
David Sinclair Full Circle DSINCS-Music 2003
Uri Geller Meditations Forkbender 2003
Uri Geller Words of Courage and Inspiration Forkbender 2003
Steve Lawson/Theo Travis For the Love of Open Spaces [Buy] Pillow Mountain 2003
Darkroom The DAC Mixes Bandcamp 2003
Porcupine Tree The Sky Moves Sideways Reissue Delerium 2003
House of Thandoy House of Thandoy Invisible Music 2003
Harbans Srih's Vybesmen Harbans Srih's Vybesmen Tito Records 2003
Bass Communion Various - Bass Communion Remixed Headphone Dust 2003
Theo Travis Slow Life Ether Sounds 2003
No Man All that you are Hidden Art EP 2003
Aphratec The Discerning Dancefloor Volume One. "All Things" track on vinyl compilation album Care in the Community Records. 2002
Cipher One Who Whispers Gliss 2002
Theo Travis/Mark Hewins Guerrilla Music Burning Shed 2002
Burning Shed Sampler Two Travis / Hewins track "Slow Life" Burning Shed 2002
Gong OK Friends Gas 2002
Gong From Here to Eternity - 2CD reissue Snapper 2002
Gong High above the Subterranea - live DVD Snapper 2002
Inconnu Les Pensees de Nos Reves EP Over Records 2002
Akiko Kobayashi Beloved Warner Japan 2001
Anja Garbarek Smiling and Waving Virgin 2001
Jansen Barbieri Karn Playing in a Room with People (Live Album) Medium 2001
Porcupine Tree Recordings K Scope/Snapper 2001
Bass Communion Bass Communion 3 Burning Shed) 2001
Recreator Solar Sahara FMR 2001
No-Man Lost Songs ,Volume One Burning Shed 2001
No Man Returning Jesus 3rd Stone 2001
Rod Blake Blake Candid 2001
Tito Lopez Combo 2000 Acid Jazz 2001
Gong Zero to Infinity. Snapper music 2000
Gong Live to Infinitea Snapper music) 2000
Bass Communion Invisible Soundtracks Macro 3 compilation ("Quantico" track ) Leaf 2000
Bass Communion "Drugged" remix on Silver Apples Remix CD" 3rd Stone 2000
Porcupine Tree Stranger by the minute/Even Less pt 2). Single K Scope 2000
Cipher Hidden Art compilation (exclusive Cipher track "The Lodger pt 2") Hidden Art 2000
Jansen Barbieri Karn Medium sampler. (live track "Life without buildings") Medium 2000
Pulse Remix CD DJ Spooky and Steve Jansen tracks Medium 1999
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream K scope 1999
Porcupine Tree Piano Lessons/ Ambulance Chasing (Single, Cipher and No-Man tracks) Kscope 1999
Various The Sky Goes All The Way Home. Voiceprint 1999
Bass Communion Bass Communion 2 Hidden Art 1999
Steve Jansen, Yukihiro Takahashi Pulse Limited Edition 1999
Jansen Barbieri Karn _ism Medium 1998
Masami Tsuchiya Forest People Polygram/Cross 1998
Bass Communion Bass Communion 3rd Stone Records 1998
Indigo Falls Indigo Falls Medium Productions 1998
Velvet Smooth Moods 2 Jazz FM Records 1998
The Great Unknown It's out there Infinity records 1998
Theo Travis Live at Ronnies 33Jazz Rceords 1997
Sugizo Truth Polygram/Cross 1997
Ute Under The External ('Three Breaths') id/Mercury 1997
Theo Travis Secret Island 33Jazz Records 1996
Dick Heckstall Smith Celtic Steppes 33 Records 1996
Gaddy Zerbib Gaddy Zerbib Zerbib 1996
Jive Nation Under African Skies Bridge Records 1996
The Other Side Dangerous Days Bridge Records 1994
Theo Travis View From The Edge 33Jazz Records 1994
Jade Warrior Distant Echoes Red Hot 1993
Theo Travis 2am 33Jazz Records 1993
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DISCOGRAPHY

DISCOGRAPHY

artist  title  label year of release
Steven Wilson 4 1/2 K Scope 2016
Steven Wilson Transience K Scope 2016
Andy Tillison Diskdrive Durch 2016
Anekdoten Shooting star EP Disk Union) 2016
Various Tonefloat TF100 Tonefloat 2016
Steven Wilson Hand cannot erase Kscope 2016
Fish on Friday Godspeed CD Baby 2013
Anekdoten Until the Ghosts are Gone Musea/Virta 2015
Jane Getter On Snapper 2015
Theo Travis "Double Talk" Transgression Esoteric Antenna 2015
Christina Booth The Light   2015
The Tangent A Spark in the Aether Inside Out 2015
Dave Sturt Dreams and Absurdities Esoteric Antenna 2015
Travis & Fripp Discretion Panegyric/Tonefloat 2014
Echo Engine Windjammer    
Goldbug Nacaal IK 2014
Bass Communion Indicates Void 4 CD Box set Tonefloat 2013
Steven Wilson The Raven that Refused to Sing (and other stories) KScope 2013
Steven Wilson Drive Home EP Kscope) 2013
Soft Machine Legacy Burden of Proof Esoteric/ Moonjune 2013
The Tangent Le Sacre du Travail Inside Out 2013
Travis & Fripp Follow Panegyric 2012
John Lester Jazz? Ambit Jazz 2012
Steven Wilson Catalogue/Preserve/Amass CD/Vinyl Headphone Dust 2012
Steven Wilson Get All You Deserve DVD/CD KScope 2012
Bill Nelson Classic Rock Legends 2CD/DVD ITV 2012
Travis & Fripp Discretion High res Download only - Bowers and Wilkins 2012
Dalis Car Ingladalonenes MKCD4 2012
John Foxx and Theo Travis Torn Sunset Edsel 2011
Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning KScope 2011
Bill Nelson Classic Rock Legends DVD ITV 2011
The Tangent Going off on Two DVD SCM 2011
The Tangent Comm Inside Out 2011
Theo Travis All I know 33 Records 2011
 
Travis & Fripp Live At Coventry Cathedral Palvergyric 2010
Travis & Fripp Live at Bishops Cleeve 12" Vinyl Tonefloat 2010
Travis & Fripp Live at Broad Chalke 12" Vinyl Tonefloat 2010
Soft Machine Legacy Live Adventures Moonjune 2010
Stefano Panuzzi A Rose Emerald 2010
Goldbug The Seven Dreams One K 2010
Tim Motzer and Markus Reuter Descending One K 2010
Gong 2032 A Wave 2009
Steven Wilson Insurgentes 2CD KScope 2009
Francis Dunnery There's a Whole New World Out There Aquarian Nation 2009
Theo Travis' Double Talk Ascending- Live at the Pizza Ethersounds) 2009 limited edition 2CD set
Theo Travis and Fear Falls Burning The Tonefloat Sessions Vinyl Tonefloat) 2009
Travis & Fripp Thread 2LP Deluxe Vinyl Edition Tonefloat) 2009
Travis & Fripp Live at Broadchalke DGMLive Download) 2009
Travis & Fripp Live at Bishop's Cleeve DGMLive Download) 2009
The Tangent Down and out in Paris and London Inside Out) 2009
 
Sugizo Cosmoscape compilation)
Steven Wilson Insurgentes Headphone Dust/ Tonefloat) 2008
Steve Jansen The Occurence of Slope DVD samahdisound)- 2008
Karmakanic Who's the Boss at the Factory Inside Out) 2008
Philip Clemo The Rooms All colours arts) 2008
Steve Jansen 4 remixes from Slope Samadhisound) 2008
Jade Warrior Now Windweaver music) 2008
No Man Schoolyard Ghosts Snapper) 2008
Travis and Fripp Thread Panegyric) 2008
The Tangent Not as good as the book Inside Out) 2008
Bass Communion Pacific Codex   Equation) 2008
Cary Grace Band Where you go   Door 13 Music) 2008
 
Theo Travis Double Talk 33 Records) 2007
Theo Travis Slow Life 2 LP Deluxe vinyl edition featuring bonus tracks Tonefloat) 2007
Soft Machine Legacy Steam Moonjune) 2007
The Tangent Going off on one Inside Out) 2007
Steve Jansen Slope Samadhisound) 2007
 
Cipher Elemental Forces Burning Shed) 2006
Bass Communion Ghosts on Magnetic Tape Tonefloat) 2006
No Man returning Jesus Complete Sessions) 3LP Vinyl edition 2006
Theo Travis Eleven Bowls of Acidophilus Flute Salad Tonefoat/C) 2006
The Tangent A Place in the Queue Inside Out ) 2006
John Lester So Many Reasons Midnite Cafe) 2006
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream Special Edition 2 CD set) Lava/Atlantic) 2006
 
The Tangent The World that we drive through Inside Out) 2005
Nine Horses David Sylvian/Steve Jansen/Burnt Friedman) Snow Bourne Sorrow   SamadhiSound) 2005
Bass Communion Indicates Void Tonefloat) 2005
 
A Marble Calm Surfacing Burning Shed) 2004
Steven Wilson Unreleased Electronic Music Volume 1 Headphone Dust) 2004
Bass Communion Ghosts on magnetic tape Headphone Dust) 2004
Tito Lopez Combo Still Smokin' Tito's Records) 2004
Karen Lane Taste 2004
 
David Sinclair Into the Sun 2003
David Sinclair Full Circle 2003
Uri Geller Meditations Forkbender) 2003
Uri Geller Words of Courage and Inspiration Forkbender) 2003
Steve Lawson/Theo Travis For the Love of Open Spaces Pillow Mountain) 2003
Darkroom Remixes 2003
Porcupine Tree The Sky Moves Sideways Reissue) Delerium)- 2003
House of Thandoy House of Thandoy 2003
Harbans Srih's Vybesmen Harbans Srih's Vybesmen Tito Records) 2003
Bass Communion / Various- Bass Communion remixed Headphone Dust) 2003
Theo Travis Slow Life Ether Sounds) 2003
No Man All that you are Hidden Art EP) 2003
 
Aphratec The Discerning Dancefloor Volume One. "All Things" track on vinyl compilation album Care in the Community Records).
Cipher One Who Whispers Gliss) 2002
Theo Travis/Mark Hewins Guerrilla Music Burning Shed) 2002
Burning Shed Sampler Two Travis / Hewins track "Slow Life" Burning Shed) 2002
Gong OK Friends Gas) 2002
Gong From Here to Eternety 2CD reissue) Snapper) 2002
Gong High above the Subterranea live DVD Snapper) 2002
Inconnu Les Pensees de Nos Reves ep) Over Records) 2002
 
Akiko Kobayashi Beloved Warner Japan) 2001
Anja Garbarek Smiling and Waving Virgin Norway) 2001
Jansen Barbieri Karn JBK) Playing in a room with people Medium) 2001   Live album)
Porcupine Tree Recordings K Scope/Snapper) 2001
Bass Communion Bass Communion 3   Burning Shed) 2001
Recreator Solar Sahara FMR) 2001
No-Man Lost Songs ,Volume One Burning Shed) 2001
No Man Returning Jesus 3rd Stone) 2001
Rod Blake Blake Candid) 2001
Tito Lopez Combo Tito Rides In Acid Jazz) 2001
 
Gong Zero to Infinity. Snapper music) -2000
Gong Live to Infinitea Snapper music) 2000
Bass Communion Invisible Soundtracks Macro 3 compilation Leaf)- 2000 "Quantico" track )
Bass Communion "Drugged" remix on Silver Apples Remix CD 3rd Stone) 2000
Porcupine Tree Stranger by the minute/Even Less pt 2). single K Scope) 2000
Cipher Hidden Art compilation Hidden Art) 2000   exclusive Cipher track "The Lodger pt 2")
Jansen Barbieri Karn Medium sampler. Medium) 2000   live track "Life without buildings").
Pulse Remix CD DJ Spooky and Steve Jansen tracks Medium) 2000
 
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream K scope) -1999
Porcupine Tree Piano Lessons/ Ambulance Chasing Kscope) 1999 single
Various The Sky Goes All The Way Home. Voiceprint) 1999 Cipher and No-Man tracks)
Bass Communion Bass Communion 2 Hidden Art) -1999
Yukihiro Takahashi/Steve Jansen Pulse Con Sipio) 1999
 
Jansen Barbieri Karn _ism Medium) 1998
Masami Tsuchiya Forest People Polygram/ Cross) 1998
Bass Communion Bass Communion 3rd Stone Records) 1998
Indigo Falls Indigo Falls Medium Productions) 1998
Velvet Smooth Moods 2   Jazz FM Records) 1998 track on compilation
The Great Unknown It's out there Infinity records) 1998
 
Theo Travis Live at Ronnies 33Jazz Rceords) 1997
Sugizo Truth Polygram/Cross)- 1997
Ute Under The External track 'Three Breaths') Id/Mercury Polygram) -1997
Theo Travis Secret Island 33 Jazz Records 1996
Dick Heckstall Smith Celtic Steppes 33 Records 1996
Gaddy Zerbib Gaddy Zerbib Zerbib 1996
Jive Nation Under African Skies Bridge Records 1996
The Other Side Dangerous Days Bridge Records 1994
Theo Travis View From The Edge 33 Jazz Records 1994
Jade Warrior Distant Echoes Red Hot 1993
Theo Travis 2am 33 Jazz Records) 1993
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Double Talk 'Transgression' - Live 2015

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Theo Travis' Double Talk - Everything I Feared (Live 2015)

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Happy New Year. Hello 2016!

​First of all, apologies for the lack of updates on this site. Very sadly, my friend Phil Smith who built and looked after my website since the beginning suddenly became very ill, and sadly passed away early last year. The website has been rather in limbo ever since, but it is hopefully being sorted soon. My deepest condolences go to his wife and family.

2015 was a good year for me and pretty productive musically. I guested on seven albums – all of which were very well received and a few – like Steven Wilson's 'Hand. Cannot. Erase', and others by the Tangent and Anekdoten appearing in many Best of 2015 lists. It was very exciting and rewarding for me to get back in the recording studio with one of my own bands and record a new album of my own material. 

The Double Talk Band with Mike, Pete and Nic worked really hard on the new material and have been absolutely amazing. I love what they all did in the studio and the new album 'Transgression' is for me a career highlight. It was great of Steven Wilson to fit in the time to mix and master the album and he was absolutely stunning in doing so. I was delighted that Vicky Powell of Esoteric Records came forward and invited me to release the album on that label and I have been pleased how that has all worked out. Great of Tonefloat to release the beautiful vinyl edition too – my first jazz album on vinyl. The album has been very well received (getting in a few Best of 2015 lists too) and it has been great taking the band out on the road – touring the British Jazz Clubs again. We have more gigs coming up this year and I am looking forward to them. I hope you can make it to one.

New Double Talk albumSoft Machine Legacy has continued to tour, though with John Marshall not being well, we have had to use dep's for some of the gigs. Thank you to Gary Husband who stepped in for the Japan gigs (also with Keith Tippett) in March 2015 and to Nic France for the Euro gigs in December 2015. A great job done by both and a pleasure to play with. It looks like we are dropping the 'Legacy' tag in 2016 and we are going to be Soft Machine from now on. I understand we could have all along, but for various reasons it was decided to call the band Soft Machine Legacy.

The surprise of the year was the e mail completely out of the blue I received in August while grabbing a coffee at a motorway services on the way home from a few days away…

"Hi Theo, David Gilmour here. Would you give me a call when you have a moment please?
Best wishes,

David

I was asked at short notice to join David's 'Rattle That Lock' tour for the European dates in September 2015 with some rehearsals in Brighton first. As a fan of his music and playing, and a Pink Floyd fan since being a teenager this was hugely exciting and a real privilege for me. I was to absolutely love the whole experience. The venues were mainly large open air Roman amphitheatres – like in Verona and Florence in Italy, Orange in France and Pula, Croatia. 

They were all stunning, the band fantastic and David Gilmour was amazing. Such a great musician and iconic talent. A gentleman too.

It was great to play again at the Royal Albert Hall in London in September when I guested with Steven Wilson and his amazing band. I also recorded a couple of tracks for his new mini – album '4 ½' .

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