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Trevor Rabin

Trevor Rabin has secured his position in the first rank of popular film composers, demonstrating an unsurpassed ability to involve the audience in the films he scores. Recent blockbusters include Armageddon, Enemy of the State, Deep Blue Sea, Gone in 60 Seconds and Remember the Titans.

Rabin is part of a new group of film composers who hail from the world of rock music. A member of the rock group YES since 1983, Rabin played guitar for the group and wrote most of the material on the group's best-selling album 90125, including the number one single Owner of a Lonely Heart. He also penned the majority of the songs and served as co-producer on YES's next album, Big Generator, which sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Rabin also wrote or co-wrote all the songs, played every instrument but drums, produced, and engineered almost all of his solo work.

Rabin was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he studied classical piano and was trained as a conductor and arranger. His first professional band performed original anti-apartheid songs and his family was heavily involved in anti-apartheid activities - Sidney Kentridge, his father's first cousin, is the lawyer who pressed charges against the South African government on behalf of Steven Biko's family after his death. Rabin later founded a band called Rabbit, which became the most popular South African rock band in history, rivaling the Beatles in the scale of their local popularity.

Rabin has shown his skill in scoring for comedy with soundtracks to Kangaroo Jack and The Banger Sisters. He created a spectacularly epic score for Bruckheimer's Armageddon and provided an intricate, unnerving electronic score for the techno-thriller Enemy of the State. At the opposite end of the spectrum was a lyrical orchestral score for the Michael Keaton family film Jack Frost. For the documentary Whispers, he returned to his roots, drawing on traditional African instrumentation, rhythms, and vocal performances. Rabin's fans enjoyed the excitement of Bad Boys 2, and are awaiting the release of his next film, the war epic Ghost Soldiers, starring Benjamin Bratt.

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Trevor Rabin Facts

BirthdayJanuary 13, 1954 (70)
BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

Selected Filmography

You Laugh But It's True
Trevor Rabin: Star Licks
Rabin Trevor Instructional Gtr DVD
Yes 9012 Live
Yes: Like It Is
Yes: Greatest Video Hits
Trevor Rabin: Instructional DVD for Guitar
Yes: Yesyears
Race To Witch Mountain
Yes: 9012 Live
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