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Wednesday, May 21, 2008


From Costa Communications





(Hollywood, CA) Platinum selling recording artist/award-winning composer Trevor Rabin scores the Warner Bros. action comedy, “Get Smart.” The film, directed by Peter Segal and starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, opens June 20 (soundtrack available June 17 on Varese Sarabande). Based on the 1960s TV series, “Get Smart” follows protagonist Maxwell Smart (Carell) and his partner Agent 99 (Hathaway) on their mission to defeat crime syndicate KAOS and save the world from evil domination. Trevor Rabin, originally from South Africa, had never seen or heard of the series prior to working on the film adaptation. “I literally watched full seasons of the show on YouTube, non-stop, before interviewing with the director,” explains Rabin.

In addition to writing the score, the composer/musician created a rock rendition of the original “Get Smart” TV theme by Irving Szathmary. “My rock background was my inspiration for my arrangement of the theme,” explain Rabin. In composing the score, Rabin primarily used a dramatic/action approach as opposed to a comedic approach. “I wanted the music to be the straight man,” explains Rabin. Also doing a comedy like this allowed me to utilize my jazz sensibilities.”

Prior to starting the band Yes, music was always a part of Rabin’s life. He studied classical piano at age six and he taught himself the guitar at eleven. His family was musical. Rabin’s father was the first violinist of the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra; his mother a concert pianist; his brother a violinist and sister a pianist and ballet dancer. As a teenager, Rabin was doing session work, producing and arranging for records. He formed the legendary multi-platinum selling rock band Rabbitt. In protest to Apartheid, Rabin challenged the South Africa government and toured with an Anti Apartheid band called Freedoms Children. Later, Rabin moved to Los Angeles and became a founding member of the multi-platinum selling progressive rock group, Yes. He wanted the name to be Cinema, but he was out-voted. Rabin was a crucial band mate, fulfilling the role of guitarist, keyboardist, singer, producer and recording engineer as well as writer of the smash hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” Rabin left Yes in 1994 to pursue film composing.

Trevor Rabin’s diverse musical background complements his ability to create memorable film scores in various genres. As a winner of numerous BMI Film Music Awards, Rabin’s scores include action thrillers “Con Air” and “Armageddon” to the eerie “Exorcist: The Beginning” and Disney favorite “Remember the Titans.” Recently Rabin has scored the blockbuster hits “National Treasure,” “Snakes on a Plane,” “Flyboys,” and “Bad Boys 2.”


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