I hardly know where to begin, writing about Trey. Simply put, I believe he is one of the great artistic seekers of our time. His interests and abilities are so far-ranging: I will attempt to convey a little of what he pursues.
Beth Fleenor introduced me to Trey as a collaborator for this opera, and my first view of his work was this video, which I have since shared with numerous folks. It is about finding your original voice and it represents a slice of the creativity/music coaching that Trey does with students of art, music and life.
Trey not only developed his instrument, the Warr Guitar, or touch guitar, he is also the world's leading virtuoso on this instrument. He has an incredible passion for designing sounds, and also has phenomenal chops. We are so fortunate to be performing with him in this opera.
Trey may be most famously known as an alum of the long-lived progressive rock band King Crimson where he started out playing the Chapman Stick and soon turned to the touch guitar. Over the course of a decade he recorded seventeen CDs and two DVDs as well as appearing in hundreds of live performances with the band. He has since made seven solo recordings and created the group Quodia that combines live music, film, language and storytelling in multi-media performances. Actually, he has quite a number of bands/collaborations going. Visit his website!
He runs his own label (7d Media) and multi-media production company (7 Directions), scores for film and TV...the list goes on.
But I will say this: there aren't that many people out there that you can be conversing with about illegal orchestral score downloads from Russian composer Alfred Schnittke one moment, to talking about traveling to small villages in Mali the next, to seek out local djembe virtuosos. An amazing artist and human.
Kuma is from Trey's solo album The Third Star.
He has a really fantastic website full of all kinds of goodness.