Trevor Exter
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Trevor Exter

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"Live Performance"

“Finger-picking and generally slapping around a beat-up cello, Trevor Exter makes music that is both seriously unusual and thoroughly, pleasingly accessible.” - Fingertips Music

"Live Performance"

“Singer and unconventional cellist Trevor Exter plucks and whacks at his big instrument and guides it through multiple climaxes.” - Time Out New York

"Live Performance"

“If you’re expecting a sedate orchestra recital, you’d better think again…. Exter’s crooning voice harkens back to an era of music where men weren’t afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves.”
Chris Kocher - Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

"Internet Review"

“…makes you feel like you found something you didn’t even know you were missing… Trevor Exter nails it.”
Ethan Kanat -

"EP Review"

“This album is an admirable testament to the purity of Exter’s distinct and exceptional vision.”
Urban Folk Magazine on the Water EP - Urban Folk Magazine


“637 Sounds” (2005)
singles: “Supermartyr”, “Love Her Again”, “One Too Many Goodbyes”, “Lover”

“Water” (EP – 2007)
singles: “Water”

“Flying Saucer People” (2008)
singles: “On The Night Train”, “Strawberry Wine”



Home-schooled in Newfield, NY, Trevor expressed a fascination for the cello starting around age 6.
He was no prodigy, but he was fortunate to have charismatic and engaging teachers who helped Trevor have fun with the cello. They didn’t push him too hard.
He also played the piano as he grew up, and moving to nearby Ithaca, he became a sponge for different music styles. He listened obsessively to Prince, Pink Floyd, Tom Waits and Muddy Waters and played little gigs with friends. He never practiced. He wondered about Indian Raga music.
Many fine teachers helped him to focus his sound, but Trevor knew that classical music was not for him. He drifted to Brazil.
For a year and a half in and around São Paulo, he lived in the countryside with a tight-knit group of musicians at the beginning of their careers. They spent evenings congregating around the record player, passing a guitar around the room, learning songs from the rich canon of Brazilian pop, jazz, samba and folk.
An English tutor by day, he started to play gigs at night in an array of bands and became a fixture in jam sessions (often with a stage mic wedged under the tailpiece of a borrowed cello).
Trevor nurtured his love of melody, groove and nuance with young Brazilian musicians reveling in the Beatles, Coltrane and Ellington as well as their country’s icons — Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque and Hermeto Paschoal.
Trevor also began to dig into Stevie Wonder’s catalog. Listening hard to Fulfillingness’ First Finale, he got so into it that he wondered aloud “What am I even doing in Brazil?”
Then Bird Of Beauty came on and Stevie sang portuguese for an entire verse. “THAT’S what I’m doing here,” he said to himself, and stayed in Brazil a little while longer.
He then moved to Madison, WI, where he took a job as an in-home caregiver for autistic adults while putting together a group at night with his friend Téo Lorent.
It began innocently enough with an invitation to play for friends in the back lounge of an Italian restaurant, but the group quickly grew into a nine-piece band. With Téo as lead singer and Trevor directing the band, “Novatribe” rapidly became a local phenomenon appearing weekly for sweaty dancing crowds.
Trevor stretched out as a soloist, often standing with the cello strapped around his neck. People made fun of him.
In 1998 Trevor moved to New York City. He first appeared in the subways and on little pick-up gigs but then got a big break with a wet aerial rave-poem hit show from Argentina called De La Guarda. He sang and played the drum.
Enjoying a taste of fame as celebrities from Hollywood and beyond came to witness the show and hang with the cast, Trevor stayed with De La Guarda for three years while moonlighting as a cellist, bassist and vocalist.
Trevor burned out on New York in 2003 and took off to Buenos Aires, staying there for a year.
Hard times and a near-death experience had brought him new clarity about how he wanted to make music, and he recorded some demos in La Plata with drummer Mariano Cantero and bassist Marcos Archetti.
637 Sounds came from this collaboration, and after some promising band shows Trevor returned to the US in June 2005, armed only with a cello and his strange new collection of songs.
His blend of lyrical singing and plucked cello stood out in the subway and in small clubs. Audiences approved! Trevor had finally found his voice. It wasn’t long before he’d resettled in New York and started appearing at Sidewalk Café, Rockwood Music Hall, Banjo Jim’s, Joe’s Pub and Birdland.
His 2007 EP, Water featured seven very introspective solo songs, and in 2008 he released Flying Saucer People. He continues to play in clubs large and small as a soloist, bandleader and sideman.
He likes his music chunky on a cheap cello.