He's been on the scene for twenty years, but it's only been in the past few that Theo Travis has risen to prominence beyond the expanding group of musicians who call him up when they need a saxophonist/flautist with jazz chops but a rock sensibility--and an appreciation of the organic marriage of technology with acoustic instruments to expand their sonic reach. Travis has collaborated with King Crimson co-founder Robert Fripp on two improvised soundscape recordings including Live at Coventry Garden (Panegyric, 2010); replaced departed Soft Machine alum Elton Dean in Soft Machine Legacy, most recently on Live Adventures (MoonJune, 2010); ...read more
British musician Theo Travis has one of the most varied performing and recording histories to be found among contemporary jazz musicians. A talented saxophonist, flautist and composer, Travis has performed solo, in duos and quartets, in straight ahead jazz combos and in electronic, improvisational groups.
He has performed live soundtracks in cinemas, duos with guitarist Robert Fripp in English churches, jazz standards in clubs and progressive rock at major European festivals. Travis, in both his playing and his love of music, spans the occasionally over-large divide between jazz and progressive rock, bringing the genres together and ...read more
Between solo albums like Earth to Ether (33 Jazz, 2004) and Double Talk (33 Jazz, 2007), and working with progressive/fusion bands including Porcupine Tree, Gong, The Tangent, and Soft Machine Legacy, Theo Travis has become one of England's hardest working woodwind multi-instrumentalists. A fine player with a broad vernacular--blending the jazz tradition with a deeper understanding of the distinctively English sound of many of these groups--Travis would be a double threat if all he did was play his instruments and compose as well as he does. But Travis' Ambitronics--a soundsculpting array of electronics that allows him to create real-time layers ...read more
The British jazz scene is filled with treasures often hidden from North American audiences. Woodwind multi-instrumentalist Theo Travis--who replaced Elton Dean in Soft Machine Legacy following the legendary saxophonist's unexpected passing in 2006--has his fingers in so many pies, however, that it's surprising he's not better known on the west side of the Atlantic. Along with a string of solo recordings including Earth to Ether (33 Records, 2004) and ambient explorations with his collaborative group Cipher, Travis can be found working with everyone from space-rock jamband Gong to Canterbury keyboardist David Sinclair and Norwegian popster Anya Garbarek.
Anyone who has wondered about the inclusion of music by the reputed space-rock band Gong in jazz annals should consider the recent release by the group's current saxophonist and flautist, Theo Travis. In addition to the well-received Earth to Ether, Travis has been active around the UK and abroad with his own band Cipher, but his recent work is a collectors' selection, released on vinyl in Holland by Tonefloat, going under the title of Eleven Bowls of Acidophilus Flute Salad.
To Gong aficionados there should be no mystery. During the 1973 recording of the second part of Gong's trilogy, resident ...read more
Theo Travis is yet another British jazz artist well-known in his own country but sadly under-appreciated elsewhere, especially in North America. With nearly ten records to his name, and involvement with Canterbury-related group Gong, progressive rockers Porcupine Tree, and singer Anja Garbarek, daughter of Norwegian legend Jan, it's no surprise that Travis' own records reflect a rich diversity--an eclecticism that is brought together by Travis' confident tenor tone and lyrically ethereal flute. Truth be told, like many jazz musicians of his generation, Travis' influences run far and wide, equally informed by King Crimson as he is Stan Getz; as much ...read more
Quirky, quietly trippy and deliciously uncategorisable, Earth To Ether is an oddity (we like odd) even by Theo Travis' standards. The British flautist/saxophonist's varied activities include leading a hardworking on-the-road straight-ahead band, co-leadership of ambient/electronica outfit Cipher and free improv trio Marshall Travis Wood, and ongoing composing, performing and producing collaborations with Daevid Allen's Gong and singer/songwriter Anja Garbarek (daughter of Jan). Each of these diverse projects is stamped with Travis' trademark lyricism and love of lush, dreamy soundscapes.
There are elements of all these experiences here--plus guest contributions from prog/Canterbury vocalist/guitarist Richard Sinclair (Caravan, Hatfield & The ...read more
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