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Theo Travis

Theo Travis plays saxophone, flute and duduk and is a prolific composer and music producer.

He was born in Birmingham but moved to London where he soon established himself as one of the finest tenor sax players on the British jazz scene. He has led his own jazz quartet for 25 years, recorded ten albums as leader having composed, arranged and produced the material and performed all over the UK as well as at Ronnie Scott's Club in London over 75 times.

He is increasingly known as one of the top saxophone and flute players in the world in Progressive music and has appeared as featured soloist on over 150 albums. With guitarist Robert Fripp he formed Travis & Fripp in 2007 and the duo have toured internationally and recorded 5 albums which Travis co-wrote and produced. Theo is a member of the legendary band Soft Machine, taking over from the late Elton Dean, and he has co-written and co-produced their last two albums ‘Hidden Details’ (2018) and ‘Live at the Baked Potato’ (2020) as well as toured America, Canada, Europe, Japan and Brazil.

Travis has performed and recorded extensively with Steven Wilson as featured soloist, and they have worked on 23 albums together. Travis also was a member of Gong from 1999 to 2009 and in 2015 he joined David Gilmour's band for the 'Rattle that Lock' tour. Travis has also performed and recorded with David Sylvian, Bill Nelson, The Tangent, Roger Eno, Keith Tippett, Harold Budd, John Foxx, Steve Hillage, John Etheridge, Cipher and Mick Karn.

In 2014 he wrote his first book 'Twice around the world', a diary of blogs from the Steven Wilson world tours of 2012/13 and he has appeared as a walk on artist in film and TV such as 'Notting Hill', the Bond movie 'Die Another Day' and 'Foyle's War'. He lives in London with his wife, son, dog and 20 saxes and flutes.


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