Theo Travis has announced a new album will be available in June. Entitled Songs From The Apricot Tree, Theo has described the record featuring the Armenian duduk as the principal instrument as his 'lockdown project.' The album has guest contributions from Soft Machine guitarist John Etheridge, Big Big Train vocalist David Longdon, Gong bassist Dave Sturt and King Crimson's Jakko Jakszyk.
Songs from the Apricot Tree is Theo Travis’s eleventh solo album and is described as "an eclectic mix of music featuring the Armenian duduk an ancient instrument, made of a single piece of wood from the Apricot tree and played with a large double reed." Theo writes, “I wanted to make an album focusing entirely on the duduk but in a variety of musical contexts which are personal to me and some not so usual for the instrument.”
In addition to his work with Robert Fripp Travis is best known as a jazz saxophonist, flute player, and composer. Well known on the UK jazz scene where he leads his own band ‘Double Talk’ and has played at Ronnie Scott’s Club over 70 times, he is also a member of the band Soft Machine and an in-demand session player on the Progressive scene having recorded on over 150 albums, and toured and recorded with David Gilmour, David Sylvian and Steven Wilson.