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I remember when metal was something you really had to search out, and now I hear it on car commercials.

Trevor Dunn

I remember when metal was something you really had to search out, and now I hear it on car commercials.

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About Trevor Dunn

Trevor Roy Dunn (born January 30, 1968) is an American composer, bass guitarist, and double bassist. He came to prominence in the 1990s with the experimental band Mr. Bungle. While performing with Mr. Bungle, Dunn would dress similar to the St. Pauli Girl. He has since worked in an array of musical styles, including with saxophonist/composer John Zorn, Secret Chiefs 3 and with his own avant-garde jazz/rock ensemble Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant. He is also a member of the band Tomahawk.

After four years of studying the clarinet, Dunn began playing electric bass at the age of 13. His earliest musical influences included the Beach Boys, Blondie, Cheap Trick, and Kiss.

In 1998, Dunn formed his Trio-Convulsant. Their first release, Debutantes & Centipedes, features Dunn on bass, Adam Levy on guitar, and Kenny Wollesen on drums. The album Sister Phantom Owl Fish on Ipecac (2004) includes Ches Smith on percussion and Mary Halvorson on guitar.

Dunn has participated in dozens of other recordings, both as a main collaborator and a guest musician. He is part of Mike Pride's MPThree, David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness, and the Nels Cline Singers. He has contributed to or played with: Afro-Mystic, Ben Goldberg, Brian "Head" Welch, Graham Connah's Sour Note Seven, Jess Jones Quartet, Junk Genius, Laplante/Dunn/Smith, John Zorn's Electric Masada, Matisyahu, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Sean Lennon, Suit of Lights, Rob Price Quartet, Tin Hat Trio, and Tipsy.

1975 Fender P-Bass (his primary electric bass tuned to B-E-A-D for Fantômas)
1950s Czech Contrabass used with Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant, occasionally with Mr. Bungle and with King Buzzo
1991 Alembic 5-string Europa
Ken Lawrence 5-string fretless
Guild Ashbory
1966 Guild Starfire

1996 Phillip Greenlief/Trevor Dunn with Phillip Greenlief (Evander)
1998 Trio-Convulsant's Debutantes & Centipedes with Ches Smith & Mary Halvorson (Buzz)
2004 Trio-Convulsant's Sister Phantom Owl Fish with Ches Smith & Mary Halvorson (Ipecac)
2005 untitled with Shelley Burgon (self-released)
2005 At Blim with Shelley Burgon (Audiobot)
2007 Baltimore with Shelley Burgon (Skirl)
2008 Four Films (Tzadik)
2008 White with Foam (Ipecac)
2016 Strength & Power with Roswell Rudd, Jamie Saft, and Balázs Pándi (RareNoiseRecords)
2019 Nocturnes (Tzadik)
2022 Trio-Convulsant avec Folie à Quatre's Séances with Ches Smith, Mary Halvorson, Carla Kihlstedt, Anna Webber, Oscar Noriega & Mariel Roberts (Pyroclastic)

With Mr. Bungle

1991 − Mr. Bungle (Warner Bros.)
1995 − Disco Volante (Warner Bros.)
1999 − California (Warner Bros.)
2020 − The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo (Ipecac)
With Secret Chiefs 3

1996 − First Grand Constitution and Bylaws
With Fantômas

1999 − Fantômas
2001 − The Director's Cut
2002 − Millennium Monsterwork 2000 (by The Fantômas Melvins Big Band)
2004 − Delìrium Còrdia
2005 − Suspended Animation
2008 − Live from London 2006 DVD (by The Fantômas Melvins Big Band)
With Melvins (Lite)

2006 − A Live History of Gluttony and Lust (electric bass for this album, double bass for all subsequent releases)
2012 − Freak Puke
2013 – Everybody Loves Sausages (on three songs, also sings on "Timothy Leary Lives")
2016 – Basses Loaded (on "Planet Destructo")
With The Nels Cline Singers

Macroscope (Mack Avenue, 2014)
With Tomahawk

2013 − Oddfellows
2021 – Tonic Immobility
With Ahleuchatistas

2023 – Expansion (also on Trevor's label Riverworm Records]

With Erik Friedlander

Grains of Paradise (Tzadik, 2001)
Broken Arm Trio (Skipstone, 2008)
50 Miniatures for Improvising Quintet (Skipstone, 2010)
Bonebridge (Skipstone, 2011)
Nighthawks (Skipstone, 2014)
Oscalypso (Skipstone, 2015)
With Eyvind Kang

The Narrow Garden (Ipecac, 2012)
With Jamie Saft

2009 – Black Shabbis
With John Zorn

2000 − The Big Gundown – 15th Anniversary Special Edition
2001 − The Gift
2002 − Cobra: John Zorn's Game Pieces Volume 2
2002 − Filmworks XII: Three Documentaries
2002 − Filmworks XIII: Invitation to a Suicide
2003 − Filmworks XIV: Hiding and Seeking
2004 − 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 4 with Electric Masada
2005 − Electric Masada: At the Mountains of Madness with Electric Masada
2005 − Filmworks Anthology – 20 Years of Soundtrack Music
2006 − Moonchild: Songs Without Words with Moonchild
2006 − Astronome with Moonchild
2007 − Six Litanies for Heliogabalus with Moonchild
2007 − Asmodeus: Book of Angels Volume 7 with Marc Ribot
2008 − The Dreamers with The Dreamers
2008 − The Crucible with Moonchild
2009 − O'o with The Dreamers
2010 − Ipos: Book of Angels Volume 14 with The Dreamers
2010 − Ipsissimus with Moonchild
2010 − Interzone
2010 − Filmworks XXIV: The Nobel Prizewinner
2010 − The Goddess – Music for the Ancient of Days
2011 − Nova Express with the Nova Quartet
2011 − At the Gates of Paradise
2011 − A Dreamers Christmas with The Dreamers
2012 − Templars: In Sacred Blood with Moonchild
2012 − Enigmata
2012 − Rimbaud
2012 − A Vision in Blakelight
2012 − The Concealed
2013 − Dreamachines with the Nova Quartet
2014 – On Leaves of Grass with the Nova Quartet
2014 – Valentine's Day
2014 − The Last Judgment
2015 – Pellucidar: A Dreamers Fantabula with The Dreamers
2015 − The True Discoveries of Witches and Demons
2015 − The Song Project Live at Le Poisson Rouge
2017 − The Garden of Earthly Delights
2018 − Insurrection
2018 − Salem, 1692
2019 − The Hierophant
2020 – Calculus
With Jozef Dumoulin Trio

2011 − Rainbow Body with Jozef Dumoulin (Rhodes) and Eric Thielemans (drums)
With the Rob Price Quartet

2004 − At Sunset with Ellery Eskelin and Joey Baron
2007 − I Really Do Not See the Signal with Jim Black replacing Baron
With King Buzzo

2020 − Gift of Sacrifice (Ipecac)

1999 − PantyChrist by Bob Ostertag, Justin Bond and Otomo Yoshihide
2004 − Eucademix by Yuka Honda

1994 − Dressing for Pleasure by Jon Hassell & Bluescreen (on the songs "Villa Narco" and "Mati")
1996 − In These Great Times by John Schott
1996 − Trip Tease by Tipsy
1999 − Memory Is an Elephant by Tin Hat Trio
2000 − Helium by Tin Hat Trio
2002 − The Rabbi's Lover by Jenny Scheinman
2003 − Dimly Lit: Collected Soundtracks 1996–2002 by Doug Wieselman
2004 − Eucademix by Yuka Honda
2004 − Shalagaster by Jenny Scheinman
2005 − Nihm by Okkyung Lee
2006 − Starling by Billy Martin
2008 − Save Me from Myself by Head
2008 − Terror Syndrome by Terror Syndrome
2009 − Blackbird's Echo by Niobe

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