Wednesday 5 October 2011

The Country Girls Crew Profile 3 - Trevor Knight Sound Composer

Trevor was keyboard player in the early 1970’s with various Irish bands, including jazz-rockers Naima and Metropolis. In 1980 in Holland he formed Auto da Fe with singer Gay Woods and between 1981 and 1990 they wrote and recorded three albums: Tatitum, Five Singles and One Smoked Cod, and Gazett;, and toured Ireland and the UK extensively. In 2001 a live BBC session Songs for Echo was released.  He has also recorded and performed with many artists such as Paul Brady, Philip Lynott, Mary Coughlan, Fleadh Cowboys, Luka Bloom, Leo O’Kelly, Juliet Turner, Camille O 'Sullivan, The Mighty Stef, Roger Doyle and Donovan.
Trevor has written more than 60 scores for theatre, including, for Red Kettle, Catalpa by Donal O’Kelly, which won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has toured the world; The Crucible, Juno and the Paycock for The Abbey, and Circus for Barabbas (touring to USA).
As director and composer, shows include: Bleeding Poets by Daniel Reardon, The Remarkable Rocket by Oscar Wilde and two shows in which the poems of Dorothy Parker were set to music: Just a Little One –A Dorothy Parker Cocktail for Kilkenny Arts Festival and The Whistling Girl for Dublin Fringe.
He composed the music, conceived and directed Slat featuring Japanese Butoh dancer Maki Watanabe for the Galway Arts Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival and Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. In 2009, The Music of Things, a filmed-drawing collaboration with artist Alice Maher took place at the Green on Red Gallery in Dublin, and then opened in 2010 at Kinsale Arts Week. In  2010 a further collaboration with Alice Maher, Godchildren of Enantios opened at the Galway Arts Centre as part of the Arts Festival, then travelling on to London and New York in early 2011.
Film soundtracks include Double Carpet (Channel 4) and What am I Doing here, a documentary by Trish MacAdam.
Most recently Trevor directed and composed music for a new multi-disciplinary work, The Devil’s Spine Band, performed at Galway Arts Festival 2011.