I am very saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela, He's someone I'm proud to say I knew. From my point of view, "our" current politicians are always looking to the next election on their decisions. Honesty and integrity are blurred by selfish, career development and short time thinking. You knew when Mandela spoke, you were hearing total honesty, sincerity, incredible vision and selfless long term thinking that would benifit the country and mankind as a whole. He was brilliant. My feeling is Nelson Mandela was the greatest statesman of my lifetime. The world is worse off without him. Rest in peace Madiba . A gentle giant.
Trevor is very happy to announce that YES has been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Acclaimed as one of the most distinctive songs of the era, Owner of a Lonely Heart has just eclipsed the mark of selling over seven million copies worldwide. The story behind the song unfolded one foggy London morning in 1979. "The sound in the bathroom was great which is where Owner began...the riff was first along with the chorus, lyric and the melody. Right out of the bathroom I started to record on my four track. I started with the riff, then the melody and lyric for the chorus. The rest took a while to finish." The weird loud "shocks" were due to having to make early decisions in having to bounce down over and over again, which resulted in those "things" being too loud. The idea stuck. The final melody for the song can be heard on the stereo demo of 90124. It went on to become YES' first and only single to reach number one on BIllboard's single charts. Click here to listen to Trevor describe the solo.
Trevor’s latest project has him composing the music for the sports comedy Grudge Match. The film is directed by Peter Segal whom Trevor previously collaborated on the 2008 action comedy Get Smart. Grudge Match is set to be released on December 25, 2013. Click here to see the trailer.
'Tongue Tied' winds up an election day winner by being certified Gold. Grouplove performed the song at the 2012 ASCAP Film & Television awards where Trevor was presented the Henry Mancini award. Click here to see the performance.
Trevor was presented the Electronic Arts Composer Award at Songs of Hope VIII, a special benefit and silent auction presented by City of Hope's Music and Entertainment Industry on October 18. Proceeds from the event benefit City of Hope, ranked as one of America's Best Hospitals as well as a pioneer in the fields of hematopoietic cell transplantation and genetics. Artists participating in this year's Songs of Hope auction included Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, the Eagles, Maroon 5 and Danny Elfman. For more info on City of Hope click here.
Trevor has released ‘Anerley Road’, his new music video. True to form, Trevor self filmed and self directed the entire video. Check it out by clicking here.
The Score with Edmund Stone is a weekly celebration of music in film, a fascinating cultural adventure through America’s best-loved art form. Last week on The Score: A Conversation with Trevor Rabin was featured! You can hear him discuss his work in The Guardian, Get Smart, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Armageddon and much more by listening to an archive of the show here.
With a new Martin guitar just out of the box Trevor got into exploring its sound in Jacaranda studio last night. This little tune was recorded while experimenting with microphone placements and recording techniques. Enjoy . . .
Trevor’s album Jacaranda is on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts this week at #16 while continuing to garner critical acclaim. If you'd like to see what the critics are saying about this “instant classic” check out the PRESS page for reviews that keep coming in.
On Thursday, May 24th, at 700pm Trevor appeared on emPOWERme.tv, a site providing interviews with community and cultural leaders from across the globe. If you'd like to see the interview and a preview to his upcoming video go to: www.empowerme.tv
Trevor Rabin releases Jacaranda (Varese Records),his first new solo album in two decades since Can't Look Away. Trevor covers a wide range of styles on the new album, including rock, jazz, and classical. Trevor plays all of the instruments himself, with the exception of drums on the tracks, for which he brought in noted jazz/rock drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Frank Zappa), longtime Rabin drummer Lou Molino III, and Rabin’s son Ryan Rabin (Grouplove). He also brought in noted bass guitarist Tal Wilkenfeld (Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock) who plays on the track “Anerley Road.” Vocalist Liz Constintine is featured on the track “Rescue,” inspired by the film The Guardian. Click on the album cover to get a copy now..
You can hear Trevor catching up with Mark & Brian on his recent appearance on KLOS. Streaming audio can be found at the KLOS website by clicking on the KLOS logo.
Trevor has completed scoring for ABC's latest genre offering, "Zero Hour". The story centers on a bizarre twist of fate that pulls a man who's spent 20 years as the editor of a skeptics magazine into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history. "Zero Hour" is written and executive produced by Paul Scheuring.
Trevor has been selected to receive the ASCAP Henry Mancini Career Achievement Award in Film & Television in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the music of film and television. The honor will be presented in June at the 27th Annual ASCAP awards dinner.