Multi-instrumentalist and didgeridoo player returns to Park City
July 20, 2012
Multi-instrumentalist Trevor Green, known for his didgeridoo-infused music, is no stranger to Park City.
He performed in Park City last summer and returned in January for the Sundance Film Festival. His rendition of the Talking Heads’ "This Must Be the Place" was featured in the Paolo Sorrentino’s film of the same name. The film was spotlighted during the festival.
The film features former Talking Heads leader David rne and stars Sean Penn as an aging rock star.
This time, when he comes to town July 22, Green will play two gigs, the Park Silly Sunday Market and the Spur Bar and Grill.
"I can’t wait to get out there," Green said during a phone call from Huntington Beach, Calif. "I love it in Park City."
Green, who has released three CDs in his career his latest being 2011’s "Sacred Seed" promised his two sets will be different because of an abundance of fresh songs.
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"I have been performing quite a few new songs," he said. "The songs are still on the same thread that my other music is on, but I think the new stuff feels like it’s coming from a different place. I’m not sure where it’s coming from, and when I throw it down, some things make sense to me, but at times, I’m not so clear on the writing process."
Green said, however, that he isn’t in a hurry to record a new CD with the songs.
"To be honest, I’m not rushing to lay down a fourth album, and I’ve just been holding off a little bit as far as the recording process goes," he said. "I have spoken with some folks at some studios in Malibu, but there is nothing as concrete."
One of the reasons is that he is looking for a change in the routine.
"I feel that I may open it up to some other producing options and not just self-produce, which was something I did with my previous three CDs," he said. "I may even just do a six-song extended play, instead of a full length."
That’s fine with him because he is still relishing in the fact that his music was in "This Must Be the Place."
"Believe it or not, I got involved with the production through YouTube," Green said. "Someone posted a video from a show that I did years ago in Long Beach where I covered the song.
"Somehow, the producers of the film got a hold of it, which boggles my mind because there are thousands of covers of that song," he said. "Anyway, I get this email and I thought it was a joke. I thought one of my friends was playing around, but I sent it back and, sure enough, it was the real deal."
The producers wanted to extract the audio from the online video to use for a demo CD that is passed around in the movie.
"Then they asked me if I wanted to take a shot at a new rendition of the same song in a different fashion," Green said. "They wanted something more eerie and slower."
So, in one night, the musician "threw something together" in the studio and sent it off.
"It all worked out really well, and it was kind of a radical thing for me, because that version became the crucial musical point of the film and it made the soundtrack," he said. "I don’t cover a lot of songs, but I have always liked David Byrne and the Talking Heads and what he has done. So, to have him contact me for the song and the fact that David is in the film is really amazing."
Green knows the opportunity to make music for the film wouldn’t have happened if he didn’t play the didgeridoo. So, he is glad he was introduced to it eight years ago while camping in Idaho.
"A friend of mine I did mountaineering with carried one with him," Green said. "I play guitar and we would sit by the campfire and doodle around. That’s when I fell in love with the instrument and started to mess around with it myself."
The developing love for the didge, as some call the instrument, was born out of necessity.
"Being a solo act, I was looking for instruments, other than the harmonica, that I could play without my hands to accompany my guitar," Green said. "When I heard the didge, it was like ‘bam, there it is.’
"I don’t have to use my fingers with it, and I found that I could mount a few of them up on stage and play them and play the guitar at the same time," he said. "At any given time, I usually have two or three of the instruments on stage with me."
The reason why is because Green plays guitar in three different tunings.
"I tune my guitars to the different didges and that helps because it keeps me from having to re-tune in between songs," he said.
Green also likes how the didgeridoo can put him and the audience into a trancelike state.
"I’ve mastered the circular breathing and that’s nice because when you use circular breathing, the didge actually puts you into a meditative state," he said. "It’s not just playing to get the sound, but it actually becomes a whole new and bigger thing.
"In all honesty, that’s really where I gravitated towards having one of these things on stage," Green explained. "The didge sets the tone and put me into a space where I didn’t feel affected by my surroundings. It actually helps me stay grounded throughout my performance, which is really neat."
Trevor Green will perform at the Park Silly Sunday Market’s Main Stage at 11 a.m., and the Spur Bar and Grill, 352 Main St., at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 22. For more information, visit http://www.parksillysundaymarket.org and http://www.reverbnation.com/venue/thespurbarandgrill.