Theo Travis

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Theo Travis
Theo Travis in Vicenza 10-05-2015.JPG
Theo Travis in Vicenza 10-05-2015
Background information
Born (1964-07-07) 7 July 1964 (age 50)
Birmingham, England
Genres Jazz, experimental rock, art rock, progressive rock, ambient experimental music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone, flute
Years active 1993–present
Labels 33 Jazz Records, RSJH - Ronnie Scott's Jazz House, Symbol Records, Gliss, Hidden Art, Burning Shed, Panegyric, Ether Sounds, Pillow Mountain, Tonefloat
Associated acts Dick Heckstall-Smith, Yukihiro Takahashi, Masami Tsuchiya, Jade Warrior, Steven Wilson, Bass Communion, Porcupine Tree, No-Man, Dave and Richard Sinclair, The Tangent, Soft Machine Legacy, Gong, Travis & Fripp, John Foxx, Cipher, Orchestra Futura, Bill Nelson and the Gentlemen Rocketeers, Steve Jansen, David Sylvian, Jansen Barbieri Karn (JBK)

Theo Travis (born July 7, 1964 in Birmingham, England[1]) is a British saxophonist and flautist.[2]

Travis received his degree in music from the University of Manchester[3] specialising in the works of Shostakovich.[4] He has made ten albums as leader, composing and arranging most of the material. He has also worked with Harold Budd, Bass Communion, John Foxx, Burnt Friedman, Robert Fripp, Gong, Bill Nelson, No-Man, Porcupine Tree, The Tangent, Dave and Richard Sinclair, David Sylvian and Steven Wilson. 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 four 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.


Travis' album View From the Edge was voted Best British Jazz CD of 1994 by a Jazz on CD Critics/Readers poll.[5]


Solo albums[edit]

  • Double Talk (2007) 33 Jazz Records
  • Eleven Bowls of Acidophilus Flute Salad 2000/2001 (2006) all tracks improvised live on the Gong Zero To Infinity Tourvinyl only Tonefloat
  • View From the Edge (Deluxe Edition) (2004) contains 2nd CD with alternative takes and remixes 33 Jazz Records
  • Earth to Ether (2004) 33 Jazz Records
  • Steve Lawson/Theo Travis: For the Love of Open Spaces (2003) Pillow Mountain
  • Slow Life (2003) Ether Sounds
  • Theo Travis/Mark Hewins: Guerrilla Music (2002) Burning Shed
  • Heart of the Sun (2001) 33 Jazz Records
  • Travis/Beaujolais Quartet Berlin Vibe (2001) Symbol Records
  • Theo Travis Quartet Passion Dance - Live at Ronnie's (1999) RSJH - Ronnie Scott's Jazz House
  • Marshall Travis Wood: Bodywork (1998) 33 Jazz Records
  • Secret Island (1996) 33 Jazz Records
  • View From the Edge (1994) "Best British Jazz CD 1994" 33 Jazz Records
  • 2am (1993) 33 Jazz Records

Solo Compilation albums[edit]

  • All I Know (2010) 33 Jazz Records

Collaboration albums[edit]

  • Travis & Fripp: Discretion (2014) Panegyric
  • Steven Wilson: Catalogue / Preserve / Amass (Live In Europe, October 2011) (2012) Headphone Dust, Kscope
  • Travis & Fripp: Follow (2012) Panegyric
  • Theo Travis and John Foxx: Torn Sunset (2011) Edsel
  • Bill Nelson and the Gentlemen Rocketeers: Classic Rock Magazine Legends filmed live at Metropolis Studios (2011) DVD ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • Steven Wilson: Grace for Drowning (2011) Kscope
  • goldbug: the seven dreams (2010) 1K Recordings
  • Travis & Fripp: Live at Coventry Cathedral (2010) Panegyric
  • Fear Falls Burning - The Tonefloat Sessions (2009) vinyl only Tonefloat
  • Francis Dunnery: Still Life in Mobile Homes (2009) Aquarian Nation Records
  • Gong: 2032 (2009) (G-Wave)
  • Soft Machine Legacy: Live Adventures(2009) Moonjune Records
  • Cary Grace: Where You Go (2007) Door 13 Music
  • Soft Machine Legacy: Steam (2007) Moonjune Records
  • Cipher: Elemental Forces (2005) Burning Shed
  • Nine Horses: (David Sylvian/Steve Jansen/Burnt Friedman) Snow Bourne Sorrow (2005) SamadhiSound
  • Bass Communion: Indicates Void (2005) vinyl only Tonefloat
  • A Marble Calm: Surfacing (2004) Burning Shed
  • The Tangent: The World That We Drive Through (2004) Inside Out
  • Steven Wilson: Unreleased Electronic Music Volume 1 (2004) Headphone Dust
  • Bass Communion: Ghosts on magnetic tape (2004) Headphone Dust
  • Tito Lopez Combo: Still Smokin' (2004) Tito's Records
  • Karen Lane: Taste (2004) 33 Jazz Records)
  • David Sinclair: Into the Sun (2003) DSINCS-Music
  • David Sinclair: Full Circle (2003) DSINCS-Music
  • Uri Geller: Meditations (2003) Forkbender
  • Uri Geller: Words of Courage and Inspiration (2003) Forkbender
  • Porcupine Tree: The Sky Moves Sideways Reissue (2003) Delerium Records
  • House of Thandoy: House of Thandoy (2003) Not On Label - HOT1 CDr only
  • Harbans Srih's Vybesmen: Harbans Srih's Vybesmen (2003) Tito Records
  • Bass Communion: / Various: Bass Communion remixed (2003) Headphone Dust
  • No-Man: All that you are (2003) Hidden Art EP
  • Cipher: One Who Whispers (2002) Gliss
  • Gong: OK Friends (2002) Gas
  • Gong: From Here to Eternity (2CD reissue) (2002) Snapper Music
  • Gong: High above the Subterranea Club 2000 (Snapper Music) DVD, live album - 2002
  • Akiko Kobayashi: Beloved (2001) Warner Japan
  • Anja Garbarek: Smiling and Waving (2001) Virgin Norway
  • Jansen Barbieri Karn (JBK): Playing in a room with people (2001) live album Medium Productions Limited
  • Porcupine Tree: Recordings(2001) Kscope/Snapper Music
  • Bass Communion: Bass Communion 3 (2001) Burning Shed
  • Recreator: Solar Sahara (2001) FMR
  • No-Man: Lost Songs, Volume One (2001) Burning Shed
  • No-Man: Returning Jesus (2001) 3rd Stone
  • Rod Blake: Blake (2001) Candid
  • Tito Lopez Combo: Tito Rides In (2001) Acid Jazz
  • Gong: Zero to Infinity (2000) Snapper Music
  • Gong: Live 2 Infinitea (2000) Snapper Music
  • Pulse Remix CD: DJ Spooky and Steve Jansen tracks (2000) Medium Productions Limited
  • Jansen Barbieri Karn (JBK): _ism (1998) Medium Productions Limited
  • Masami Tsuchiya: Forest People (1998) Polygram/Cross
  • Bass Communion: Bass Communion (1998) 3rd Stone
  • Indigo Falls: Indigo Falls (1998) (Medium Productions Limited)
  • The Great Unknown: It's out there (1998) Infinity Records
  • Sugizo: Truth (1997) Polygram/Cross
  • Dick Heckstall-Smith: Celtic Steppes (1996) 33 Jazz Records
  • Gaddy Zerbib: Gaddy Zerbib (1996) Zerbib
  • Jive Nation: Under African Skies (1996) Bridge Records
  • The Other Side: Dangerous Days (1994) Bridge Records
  • Jade Warrior: Distant Echoes (1993) Red Hot

Tracks on Solo albums[edit]

  • Cipher: "Psychogroove Reconstruction/Remix" on View From the Edge (Deluxe Edition) 2nd CD with alternative takes and remixes (2004) 33 Jazz Records

Tracks on Collaboration albums[edit]

  • Darkroom: The DAC Mixes (2003) CDr Burning Shed
  • Jansen Barbieri Karn (JBK): "Life Without Buildings" live, also features Steven Wilson on Medium Label Sampler (2000) Medium Productions Limited

Tracks on Compilation albums[edit]

  • Aphratec: "All Things" on The Discerning Dancefloor - Volume One (2002) vinyl only Care in the Community Records
  • Travis/Hewins "Slow Life" on Burning Shed Records: Sampler Two (2002) Burning Shed
  • Bass Communion: "Quantico" on Invisible Soundtracks Macro 3 (2000) Leaf
  • Cipher: "The Lodger pt 2" on Hidden Art compilation (2000) Hidden Art
  • Bass Communion: "Drugged" remix on Silver Apples - Remixes (2000) 3rd Stone
  • Cipher: "White Cloud, Blue Sky" on The Sky Goes All The Way Home (1999) Voiceprint
  • No-Man: "Like A Child" on The Sky Goes All The Way Home (1999) Voiceprint
  • Theo Travis: "Lulworth Night" on Velvet Smooth Moods 2 (1999) Jazz FM Records
  • Ute: 'three breaths' on Under The External (1997) Id/Mercury Polygram

Collaboration singles and EPs[edit]

  • Inconnu: Les Pensées De Nos Rêves (2002) EP (Over Records)
  • Porcupine Tree: Stranger by the minute c/w Even Less (pt 2) (2000) single Kscope
  • Porcupine Tree: Piano Lessons c/w Ambulance Chasing (1999) single Kscope


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