Theo Travis

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Theo Travis (born July 7, 1964 in Birmingham, England) is a British saxophonist and flautist.

Travis received his degree in music from the University of Manchester specialising in the works of Shostakovich. He is well respected on the British jazz scene and has made ten albums as leader, composing and arranging most of the material. He has also worked with Robert Fripp, Gong, Porcupine Tree, The Tangent, Bill Nelson, Bass Communion, No-Man, Steven Wilson, David Sylvian, Harold Budd, John Foxx, Burnt Friedman and Dave and Richard Sinclair. Since 1999 he has recorded with bassist Dave Sturt and varying guest musicians in the band Cipher, and in 2006 joined Soft Machine Legacy, a project based on personnel and works of the band Soft Machine, replacing the late reedsman Elton Dean. Since 2008 he has worked with guitarist Robert Fripp in the duo Travis and Fripp, releasing three CDs to date, as well as three live concerts as downloads through DGMLive (two of them also on vinyl through Tonefloat). Travis has also worked extensively with Steven Wilson, performing on fifteen of his records and with Wilson mixing six of Travis' releases. Travis appears extensively as featured soloist on Wilson's Grammy nominated album Grace for Drowning, and is part of his touring live band.

He is of significance to the genres of jazz, ambient music and progressive rock.

Awards[edit]

Travis' album View From the Edge was voted Best British Jazz CD of 1994 by a Jazz on CD Critics/Readers poll.

Discography[edit]

  • Double Talk (33 Jazz Records) - 2007
  • Eleven Bowls of Acidophilus Flute Salad (Tonefoat/C) - 2006
  • Earth to Ether (33 Jazz Records) - 2004
  • Steve Lawson/Theo Travis: For the Love of Open Spaces (Pillow Mountain) - 2003
  • Slow Life (Ether Sounds) - 2003
  • Theo Travis/Mark Hewins: Guerrilla Music (Burning Shed) - 2002
  • Burning Shed Records: Sampler Two - Travis / Hewins track "Slow Life" (Burning Shed) - 2002
  • Heart of the Sun - 2001
  • Passion Dance - Live at Ronnie's - 1999
  • Marshall Travis Wood: Bodywork (33 Jazz) - 1998
  • Secret Island (33 Jazz) - 1996
  • View From the Edge (33 Jazz) - 1994 ("Best British Jazz CD 1994")
  • 2 AM - 1993

Collaborations[edit]

  • Travis & Fripp: Live at Coventry Cathedral (Panegyric) - 2010
  • Cary Grace: Where You Go (Door 13 Music) - 2007
  • Soft Machine Legacy: Steam - 2007
  • Cipher: Elemental Forces (Burning Shed) - 2005
  • Nine Horses: (David Sylvian/Steve Jansen/Burnt Friedman) Snow Bourne Sorrow - (SamadhiSound) - 2005
  • Bass Communion: Indicates Void (Tonefloat) - 2005
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 2 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
  • Cipher: No Ordinary Man (Hidden Art) - 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
  • Sugizo: Truth (Polygram/Cross) - 1997
  • Ute: Under The External (track - 'three breaths') Id/Mercury(Polygram) - 1997
  • 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
  • Jade Warrior: Distant Echoes (Red Hot) - 1993

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