Picture this: a single table lamp, incense burning, and against the backdrop of a mural depicting nature in instrumental and musical brushstrokes, guitarist Trevor Gordon Hall invites his audience to journey with him as he questions, "Where do I go from here?"
On November 7, Hall celebrated his first official debut performing at Rock and Roll After School with an array of musical selections released in his CD entitled Finding My Way. This on-the-rise musician is a recent college graduate who has written numerous pieces artistically expressing deep philosophical ideas as well as the reasoning of his own personal debate between doubt and faith. "My music grows with me," says Hall, "starting from when I was about ten, the different stages I went through in life began being reflected in my music with a punk rock phase and death metal phase. My own personal growth has been the force behind what I do with each different style of music."
Striving to simply be the best musician he can, Hall has dedicated much of his time honing his skills as a guitarist, and has effectively discovered how to utilize his instrument to serve as a voice and method of expressing himself. Revel Music recently signed him as a solo artist with nine-time Grammy Award winner Joe Nicollo. Hall adds, "This has been an amazing experience. As an introvert I find complete strength in solitude and as a soloist I can bring that to my music."
Although he is always aware of his limitations on the guitar, he nevertheless wants to be able to express his philosophical perspectives through music. He has beautifully recorded the journey this stage of his life is taking. "For me it's been very different trying to reconcile what happens after graduating college and dealing with the existential meaning of life. I hope that people will be able to find life in my music. The music that I write holds such a deep meaning for me and my hope is that my listeners experience the same thing." The innovative musician has discovered the limits of his instrument and seems amused in finding unlimited ways to stretch it.
This Rock and Roll After School instructor plays his non-lyrical art with such precision that the complex finger work seems almost effortless. "It's hard to explain what genre it is, so I often call it experiential or experimental. Sometimes I ask other people to just listen to it and decide for themselves what it is and I like that it can't be strictly classified as one specific thing." He has written several songs that crescendo into a melodic chaos symbolic of the tumultuous processing of the brain, yet each creative melody is distinct as he builds on top of the other. After harmoniously blending them together, he fades into a quiet reverie kept pace with a steady "heartbeat." He is communicative while piercing the minds and souls of his audience. "Just because you don't have words to work with doesn't mean you can't say something," he explains.
In lieu of the holiday season, Hall will be releasing a Christmas album December 1 and both his CDs are available for purchase online wherever music is sold. Hall shares, "I feel like my gift for writing comes to me through my one instrument, but I would like to extend it to more than one someday and write for an orchestra. I love doing everything and anything related to music though, so I'm open to whatever the future has for me!" For more information and to hear music clips check out www.myspace.com/trevorgordonhall.