About

“Travis Knapp is a brilliant musician with a resonant voice. His songs are uplifting and strong, kindling a sense of hope and optimism. He is very impressive.” -Starhawk, author and activist

A Travis Knapp show is full of audience singing, rich vocal harmonies, clawhammer banjo, joyful dance grooves, acoustic vibes, heartfelt stories, gardening tips, bicycle touring tales, an occasional circus performer, and inspiration to come to this life in a good way.

His 4th album “One By One” was released in July of 2018, which includes anthemic sing-alongs like “One By One, ”“Democracy,” and “Dark Times,” and stories like “Alright,” “Cabin Visitors,” and “Cannon Ball” (about the Standing Rock movement).  He is the 2016 winner of “Best of Bound for Glory” for performances on the country’s longest-running live folk radio broadcast.

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After studying piano accompanying at the Conservatory of Music at Ithaca College, Travis was awarded the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship in 2008 (for his song “Before You Go”).  Following an enthusiastic plunge into organic agriculture for a few years, he began performing as a songwriter in 2013 with the release of his first album “Bright New Way.”  For 4 years, he served as vegetable gardener and musician-in-residence at the Body Mind Retreats (also home to the Ithaca Zen Center and Sufi Whirling Dervish Center).

His 2nd album “For Everything That’s Good” [2014] was written while bicycle touring around the country.  His 3rd album “All the Stars You Hold” [2016] is largely driven by banjo, piano, and other less-conventional songwriting instruments (kalimba, shruti box), and it features many of Ithaca’s finest musicians.  “A Circus to the Music of Travis Knapp: All the Stars You Hold” – was premiered at Circus Culture in Ithaca to enthusiastic full houses. The show featured Travis and a 5-piece band performing the album start-to-finish, with a different circus act for every song.  Winter of 2017 was a successful bicycling and music tour from Oakland to Vancouver – 1,000 miles of riding and 15 performances along the way.  August and September 2018 were spent sharing music in Sweden, England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland – both solo and with bass player Desmond Bratton – including performances at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival and Findhorn Ecovillage.

Travis practices permaculture, wild crafting, and regenerative agriculture, while he continues to explore music as an important form of sound healing and education. He can be found ring-mastering and playing music for Ithaca’s circus events at Circus Culture, or playing piano as the music director of shows at the Kitchen Theater of Ithaca.  As a founding member of the community education band “Rot’n’Roll,” he writes and performs composting and ecology songs which include “Raw Veggies and Greens” from the Grammy-nominated album “Food for Thought.” He also performs and facilitates workshops with the Honey Child Soul Quintet, which is led by Elisa Sciscioli. Live performances of electronic dance remixes of his songs by Astro Hawk (conscious electronic dance music producer) have been getting people moving from NY to NC. The folk quartet The Honeybees emerged out of bi-weekly gatherings at the Kava Lounge in Ithaca.  Travis sings locally and across the country at festivals, farms, markets, gardens, schools, houses, cafes, tea lounges, bars, churches, circuses, sidewalks, TV and radio stations, yoga schools, hiking trails, weddings, funerals, showers, wineries, book talks, ecovillages, and art centers – spreading his positive music and ideas wherever they find fertile ground – in hopes of inspiring folks to live honestly and joyfully!

 

Press:

www.ithacajournal.com/story/entertainment/2018/07/04/ithaca-travis-knapp-new-album-soundoff/36606939/