Performance Info

Thursday, January 21, 2016 — 2:00 pm to 2:40 pm

Artist Info

Acoustic Guitar and Kalimba
Genre:
Acoustic
Endorsed By:
D'Addario/Planet Waves

Trevor Gordon Hall

Rated as one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years of age by Acoustic Guitar magazine, comes an instrumentalist from Philadelphia whose compositions range in style from edgy driving rhythms to soft melodic phrases. Trevor Gordon Hall sets himself apart by leaving no physical aspect of the guitar untouched and weaving together different textures into grand yet intimate and lyrical compositions. His blend of each sound doesn’t overcomplicate but focuses on utilizing the instrument’s fullest creative and compositional potential.  Trevor draws on his education in Philosophy and Theology in his dedication to expressing ideas and inspirations through music, and his focus on composition guides listeners through an igniting experience of music that isn’t just heard but felt.  

 

In recent years, Trevor caught the eye of 9 time Grammy award winning producer Joe Nicolo (James Taylor, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, etc.), who produced two of Trevor’s releases, Finding My Way and Let Your Heart Be Light, in 2008 and 2009. These releases garnered high reviews and gave Trevor such opportunities as recording with bass virtuoso Michael Manring and sharing the stage with artists such as Pat Martino, Phil Keaggy, Don Ross, Andy McKee, The California Guitar Trio, Billy Cobham and many more.

 

In 2010, inspired by his studies and always on the hunt for new sounds to utilize, Trevor collaborated with various builders to redesign an instrument called the kalimba (African finger piano).  He designed a version that sits flat on the top of the guitar and spans 2 octaves of the piano.  The instrument combination, which Trevor calls the “Kalimbatar”, is opening up new possibilities for solo instrumental music.  Compositions inspired by the pairing of the two instruments were first introduced in previous releases but fully realized in Trevor’s Candyrat Records debut Entelechy.  Upon its release in 2011, this album climbed the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, as well as YouTube Top Commented/Top Favorited/Most Discussed categories with the release of videos.  

 

In preparation for his latest album, Trevor redesigned and fine-tuned the Kalimba/Guitar combination with the help of master luthier Sheldon Schwartz.  Trevor recorded with his new instrument at Imaginary Road Studios in Windham County, VT, during the summer of 2014. This was a unique experience as Trevor got the opportunity to record with Grammy winning producer Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill Records) and engineer/production master Tom Eaton. What made this special was that Will, and other artists he produced such as Michael Hedges and George Winston, was among Trevor’s earliest inspirations and had a role in not only elevating the acoustic guitar scene to what it is today, but also igniting Trevor at a young age to play and compose. Trevor’s new album Mind Heart Fingers is the result a unique experience created between Will, Tom and Trevor, to capture a heart-felt recording honoring the guitar tradition which Windham Hill helped to found, while looking forward to what is next for the guitar scene.

 

Trevor’s music is continuing to win the hearts of fans and major industry professionals ranging from Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills and Nash) to Steve Hackett (Genesis) to Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill Records) and many more.  Trevor has been featured on various national radio stations including NPR, television networks including NBC and magazines including Acoustic Guitar Magazine.  In addition to recording, Trevor performs regularly throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe.   

 

 

Reviews:

 

“…In the genre of intriguing guitar players Trevor really stands out. His music is both soothing and challenging...”

  • Graham Nash - Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and well known member of the group Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

 

“...Creative imagination resides, as well as flourishes within certain artists, and it certainly does so in Trevor Gordon Hall. Ingenuity is something that always causes surprise, and this gentleman’s abilities are totally exceptional...”

  • Pat Martino - Legendary Jazz Guitarist

 

“…Trevor is very skilled...his compositions are beautiful, atmospheric, open and heartfelt...I admire him very much…”

  • Tommy Emmanuel, Award Winning guitar virtuoso

 

...Trevor is one of the few post-Michael Hedges guitarists who has managed to incorporate that vast repository of innovation while having an artistic voice strong enough to steadfastly avoid imitation…a guitarist we will need to pay attention to…

  • Will Ackerman, Grammy winning founder of the influential new age label Windham Hill Records.

 

"…Trevor is not only a fascinating guitarist, but a great composer as well as a musical inventor. I delighted in all the harmonic beauty and rhythms! The kalimba is a wonderful addition...this young man is extremely dedicated to his music and a great steward of the God blessed talent given to him..."

  • Phil Keaggy, Award Winning Guitarist and Songwriter

 

“…Trevor Gordon Hall has created one of the most lyrical and beautifully-recorded albums of solo guitar music I've heard in many years. Trevor has a timeless sense of melody, and he creates some of the richest sonic textures you're likely to hear from any contemporary composer/guitarist...”

  • Don Ross, Award Winning Pioneer of the Acoustic Guitar

 

“…Trevor takes acoustic solo guitar playing to a new level…his new album Mind Heart Fingers right…Wow! Beautiful. Astonishing. Inspiring. The original compositions and arrangements are stunning.  I enjoy the brilliant uniqueness of the Kalimbatar pieces…”

  • Paul Richards, Guitarist from the California Guitar Trio

 

"...Trevor is a virtuoso. I've never seen a guitarist/composer this good at his age. He may not sell a million records (the Christmas album might), but he'll win a Grammy and do great numbers for his niche. I truly believe Trevor's career will go on to prove him one of the greatest guitarist/composers of all time..."

  • Joe Nicolo, Grammy Winning Producer (James Taylor, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, etc.)

 

"...I'm really impressed with the Trevor Gordon Hall music. Besides being beautifully recorded, the compositions and performances are stellar. Trevor's sense of melody is exceptional, and his ability to pull the melody out of a very complex acoustic guitar arrangement requires a powerful technique that few musicians can exhibit these days. This is performed music -not cut up and pasted together- and it is driving, tender and powerful all at once, and points to a great future for Trevor..."

  • David Kahne, Grammy Winning producer (Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tony Bennett, etc.)

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