Blue River EP

‘Like the Blue River, I want to run’.

Songs are like crystals. They create worlds, prisms, and beautifully warped reflections. They bend our perception of light, allowing us a closer, perhaps abstracted, glimpse at reality.

The theatre, for me, has always been a haven. It is a civic space, and an activist space. It reflects and continually challenges my strongest notions of who we are and how we perceive each other.

How do we view one another? Beyond skin, beyond the glass walls of our devices, beyond time and space. Who are we to one another?
This is the crux of ‘BLUE RIVER’.

‘BLUE RIVER’ lies at the intersection of theatre and song. From adapting classics, like ‘Antigone’ in my opera ‘PYRE CANTATA’, to questioning the internet’s role in teen life (‘In Real Life: A Slenderman Musical’), I am creating a collage of the characters I see to better understand how we arrived at this moment in our history.

Who are we to one another?
It is my delight to share ‘BLUE RIVER’.

Trevor Bachman

FARMED: A Podcast Album

‘FARMED: A Podcast Album’ is a live audio experience designed for the stage and radio. It is inspired by the text of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”. This sonic re-telling pairs events in the book with events that have occurred in recent historical memory. Through a series of interviews and original music and words by me, FARMED is a modern radio-story that tackles class structure, political regimes, and the world’s dependence on/addiction to the American Farm. FARMED has been awarded developmental residencies and performances with Fresh Ground Pepper (fall 2017) and American Theatre Company (summer 2018).

VISHALTA, by Trevor Bachman (feat. Vishal Vaidya)

VISHALTA: A state of supreme consciousness in which the body is a tool for the divine.

Written by Trevor Bachman
Sung by Vishal Vaidya and Trevor Bachman
Tabla by Noel Arktureye Brennan

Written for MuseMatch at 54 Below.

Jomama Jones stars in Black Light: A Soulful Embrace of Love and Life at the Penumbra Theatre on February 1, 2017 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The original Jomama Jones returns to the Twin Cities with Black Light, her newest iteration of performance featuring celebrated pianist Samora Pinderhughes and vocalists Helga Davis and Trevor Bachman. 


Photo by Angela Jimenez for the Penumbra Theatre

‘Black Light’ with Jomama Jones

I have been singing with Jomama Jones, Helga Davis, and Samora Pinderhughes in a fantastic show that lies somewhere between a rock concert, a science lesson, and church. Check out Jomama’s new album here!.

Talking New Musicals, Trevor Bachman

Talking about creating new musicals on the set of DUAT as I gear up for the release of my first album, ‘BLUE RIVER’. The track you are listening to is number 4 on the disc. (PS – that is my very first Casio saying hello in the background!)

‘TELEVISED’, by Trevor Bachman at 54 Below

‘TELEVISED’, words and music by Trevor Bachman
I wait on baited breath,
I watch in disbelief
Staring at the TV
At a masterpiece of grief

A scrape against the pavement,
A bullet through another name,
I get this funny feeling that we’re, all of us,
Fearful the same

Should I regret?
Should I apologize?
Swallow what’s televised
When the news is black and white?
I guess I’m upset,
I guess I’m desensitized
And with undone eyes,
I watch with undone eyes:

Televised Murder in 2016
I’m watching Televised Murder in 2016
Out of the shadows to my living room screen,
Televised Murder, what you gonna do?

I can’t remember their names.
So I say them again, and again, and again.
and again, and again, and again, and again,
I say them loud and to folks I’ve never met
Would you say them again, and again, and again.
and again, and again, and again, and again,
Would you say them proud and strong, without regret?

Gonna make a change, you gotta be part of it
Gonna make a change, you gotta be part of it
Gonna make a change, you gotta be part of it
I am as human as you
Gonna make a change, you gotta be part of it
Gonna make a change, you gotta be part of it
Gonna make a change, you gotta be part of it
Is this the best we can do?

Gun powder sting in the air.

Cannot regret
Cannot apologize
Won’t see me televised
‘Cause the news is black and white
I may be upset, so what?
I may be desensitized,
But to see through Black Eyes,
We’ve got to learn through Black Eyes

Joyfully, I bring my love
Joyfully, I end my hate
Joyfully, I welcome
Not just tolerate
Joyfully, I bring my love
Joyfully, I end my hate
Joyfully, with open arms,
I welcome my brother, not just tolerate

Televised Murder in 2016
I’m watching Televised Murder in 2016
Out of the shadows to my living room screen,
Televised Murder, what you gonna do?
I’m watching Murder, oh, in 2016
Out of the shadows to my living room screen,
Televised Murder, what you gonna do?

Gonna make a change, you gotta be part of it
Gonna make a change, you gotta be part of it
Gonna make a change, you gotta be part of it
Gonna make a change, you gotta be part of it
Gonna make a change, you gotta be part of it
Gonna make a change, you gotta be part of it
Gonna make a change, you gotta be part of it

‘Detentionicide’ at Future of Storytelling Festival

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Blue River: An Ep Album

I am in the midst of recording my first six-song EP “Blue River”. The record features the incredible talents of Grace McLean, Travis Kent, Luke Marinkovich, Zachary Infante, Teri Madonna, Josephine Spada, Stevi Incremona, Andrew Martin, and Elijah Caldwell. Not to mention six incredible musicians.

Each song, excerpts from full-length musicals, was inspired by my work with NYC teens. All proceeds from the album will go to benefit Arts Education Programs that are doing spectacular work for the young creatives of New York.

The artwork for the album will be done by master-illustrator Jay Owen Eisenberg, whose website can be found here: Jay Eisenberg

I am so eager to share these sounds with you all and cannot wait to help some young artists get really solid training.

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Chasing Fear Rockwood

The concert was a total success. So much so that I have decided to record six of the songs in a new audio-visual EP! More info coming very soon. Thanks to everyone who continues to make this work possible.

Photo by Emilio Madrid-Kuser

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‘Chasing Fear’ a carnival concert by Trevor Bachman

The cast is set for “Chasing Fear” at Rockwood Music Hall on July 25th at 8pm!

Featuring the voices of
Grace McLean (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812)
Travis Kent (Disaster! – On Broadway)
Luke Marinkovich (Bridges of Madison County)
Josephine Spada, Stevi Incremona, Teri Madonna, Andrew Martin, Elijah Caldwell, and Trevor Bachman.

The concert will take place at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 (196 Allen St.) on 7/25/16. Doors open at 8:15pm, concert starts promptly at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at www.ticketfly.com/event/1160231.

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“Chasing Fear”, The Music of Trevor Bachman at Rockwood

Happy Birthday to me!

I am THRILLED to announce my Rockwood debut with a new concert, “Chasing Fear”.

“Chasing Fear” is a concert of a new show, featuring 10 macabre fairy tales told in English and Turkish through a fusion of rock, gospel, and Arabic folk music. A ghostly visitation, Chasing Fear is a playful, Burton-esque Thriller that makes for a diverse, delicious, and sonically satisfying evening.

There is already of killer line up of singers and musicians, soon to be announced, and I am really excited to share some brand new songs with you.

The play is being developed with writer/producer Blake McCarty, and this is the first of what will be many steps toward full realization.

Additionally, the poster seen above will be printed as a limited edition risograph by Authorized to Work in the US, and will be sold for the price of a drink at the concert!

Stay tuned for more updates about performers, songs, and surprises!

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DEUS EX LIBRIS, Music by Trevor Bachman // Words by Dylan Lamb

“Deus Ex Libris: The Alternative Rise and Imagined Fall of the ‘Categorically’ Infamous Melvil Dewey”.

An ambitious, unqualified megalomaniac rises to power through the American Government by promising extreme reform with hazardous consequences. As his power grows, two lovers attempt to stop him.

An American Gothic Political Period Drama, Followed by Absurdist Slapstick Comedy, Followed by Hyper-minimal Existentialist Tragedy.

I am thrilled to release 4 songs, co-written by myself and playwright/lyricist Dylan Lamb for a crazy new piece of theatre.

The music features the singing of three vocal badasses, Travis Kent (Disaster on Broadway), Zachary Infante (School of Rock), and Stevi Incremona (Pyre Cantata).

Flops, Failures, and the Like

Ever feel frustration, disappointment, or madness induced by the political machinations of your industry? Before this song was debuted last week at The Metropolitan Room as part of The Civilians’ “Let Me Ascertain You” series, Michael Reidel of the NY Post billed it as “a montage from all the vampire shows that shriveled up on Broadway”. While it is TRUE that I wrote this song based on interviews with two actors from the Broadway casts of Lestat and Dracula, my hope is that the song resonates on a level that goes beyond failed vampire musicals. If you have ever felt funny about making relevant work in a producing model that favors “sure fire hits”, about going from one audition to the next hoping for a job, or even about art-making as a profiteering business, you’ll find you may not be alone. Originally written for (and interviewed by) The Civilians R&D Group. Enjoy!

My Loving People

Here is a NUTSO song I wrote for a Fresh Ground Pepper event a while back, and is the basis for my project based on the Roanoke Colony. This segment uses text spoken by Queen Elizabeth, a champion of the 1587 Roanoke mission, and investigates her power through a combination of live instruments and electronic beats.

It is sung by the multi-talented Sydney Blaxill.

Blue River

This tune is written for a new musical collaboration (to be released soon!) that I’ve been working on since the summer. We recorded this while at home for the holidays in my mother’s cozy living room in Rochester, NY. Music, lyrics, and vocals are by me and guitar is by Ted Nicolosi. Had a blast recording this and another cover, which will be on the way shortly. Happy New Year!

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“Christmas in New York” – Trevor Bachman & Alex Rubin

Had a great time collaborating with lyricist Alex Rubin on “Christmas in New York”, which debuted at New York Theatre Barn’s holiday concert at the Daryl Roth Theatre. The first number in the evening, it was sung by Stevi Incremona, Josephine Spada, Andrew Martin, and myself, with Ben Caplan on keys.

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Music of Slenderman Comes to Life at TFANA

Composer and Music Director, Trevor Bachman, gives last minute notes to the cast, director Ashley Brooke Monroe (Fun Home), and pianist Stewart Kramer before industry reading of “In Real Life” at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn.

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“In Real Life” at Theater for a New Audience

Trevor Bachman, Jonathan Sokolow and Joshua Brown will present a reading of their new musical In Real Life at Brooklyn’s Theatre for a New Audience on Nov. 3, marking the show’s second phase of development.

Inspired by true events, In Real Life is a modern day, electro-acoustic ghost story about the real-life consequences of the digital world. The play surrounds the myth of Slenderman, an icon of Internet folklore who is attributed to the abduction of children and the subsequent violence of this generation’s teenagers all over the world. Adults reconcile with the changing landscape of communication, as the deepest and most disturbing fantasies of childhood manifest into reality on and offline.”

The piece is directed by Ashley Brooke Monroe (Fun Home) and the company includes Chrissy Albanese, Sydney Blaxill, Gabriel Brown, Elizabeth Evans, Brian Falduto, Stevi Incremona, Zachary Infante, Kira Kull, Michael Lorz, Teri Madonna, Ben Schrager and Matt Stillo.

In Real Life is presented by Unabridged Productions in association with Martín Lara. Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center is located at 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn.

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‘The Golem’ at NYU Tisch

Tonight is the opening of ‘The Golem’, a horror opera by Liz Swados, with arrangements, music direction, and additional compositions by me. It is a cool, genre-bending piece of music and theatre that runs at Tisch School of the Arts from October 1st-October 10th. You can find me on keys, theremin, waterphone, melodica, and lots of other gadgets. Ticket link is below.

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Summertime Medley

Throwback to a cover of Summertime, Motherless Child, and Amazing Grace at Judson Church with Fresh Ground Pepper in Fall 2014.

Trevor Bachman, arrangement/piano/vocals
Ebonee Noel, Vocals
Stevi Incremona, Vocals
Donofrio Danco Co, Dance/Projections

“In Real Life” Reading

Halloween approaches, just in time for the second reading of ‘IN REAL LIFE: A Slenderman Musical’, by Trevor Bachman, Jonathan Sokolow, and Josh Brown. Check out some of our demos. This one features Stevi Incremona as Jane.

Inspired by true events, IN REAL LIFE: A SLENDERMAN MUSICAL, is an electro-acoustic ghost story about real-life consequences of the digital world. The play surrounds the myth of Slenderman, an icon of Internet folklore who is attributed to the abduction of children and the violence of teenagers all over the world. In this dark comedy, adults reconcile with the changing landscape of communication, as the deepest and most disturbing fantasies of childhood manifest into reality on and offline.

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IN REAL LIFE: A Slenderman Musical

BROADWAYWORLD.COM:

Trevor Bachman, Jonathan Sokolow, and Josh Brown will have their new musical IN REAL LIFE: A SLENDERMAN MUSICAL presented at the Tisch School of the Arts Saturday, May 30th. The reading is a closed developmental reading with further presentations slated for winter 2015.

Here’s a short description from the playwrights:

Inspired by true events, IN REAL LIFE: A SLENDERMAN MUSICAL, is a modern day, electro-acoustic ghost story about the real-life consequences of the digital world. The play surrounds the myth of Slenderman, an icon of Internet folklore who is attributed to the abduction of children and the violence of teenagers all over the world. In this dark comedy, adults reconcile with the changing landscape of communication, as the deepest and most disturbing fantasies of childhood manifest into reality on and offline.

The piece is directed by Lauren Z. Adleman, music directed by Ben Caplan, and staged managed by Meg Whitehurst. The cast includes PJ Adzima, Sydney Blaxill, Alex Gibson, Stevi Incremona, Angel Lin, Teri Madonna, Matt Rogers, Angela Sclafani, Dan Tepper, Vishal Vaidya, Allan Washington.

IN REAL LIFE: A SLENDERMAN MUSICAL is presented to you by producers Zachary Infante and Sydney Blaxill.

Original Article:
Slenderman on BroadwayWorld.com!

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Davenport Songwriting Finalist

A collaboration of mine with lyricist Alex Rubin, titled “Strut”, has been selected as a top 10 finalist in the Davenport Theatricals Songwriting Contest. The concert will take place April 30th!

Below is recording of my collaboration with lyricist Alex Rubin from Billy Coyne’s MuseMatch at 54 Below. Music Direction by Joshua Zecher-Ross.

American Songbook at Lincoln Center

It was thrilling to perform with Shaina Taub, and a group of extraordinary musicians at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series. Shaina’s music and lyrics are unparalleled and it was a true joy to perform with these folks.

Souf, ‘The Nomad’ Recording

Music Direction, Trevor Bachman
Arrangement, Kris Kukul
Music, Liz Swados
Lyrics, Erin Courtney

Miyashita Park

My song debuted in Tokyo this month! Here is a recording from last fall’s “Barge Music” concert in DUMBO.

Clarinet, Thomas Piercy
Piano, Noritaka Ito

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Piano Bar returns to Joe’s Pub

PIANO BAR returns for a two-show run at Joe’s Pub this May!

With music and lyrics by Elizabeth Swados and additional music and arrangements by Trevor Bachman.

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The Nomad

I am currently musically directing the world premiere production of “The Nomad”, by Elizabeth Swados and Erin Courtney at the Flea Theatre in TriBeCa.

The music is a Middle Eastern-influenced rock, that follows iconoclast Isabelle Eberhardt as she finds utter beauty and terrifying madness in her quest to live and die by her own rules.

The show runs from February-April!

Echo Quintet for the Human Voice

Wrote this about two years ago for a random project and finally decided to record. It’s my first time singing with myself! Happy New Year!

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