Tony Trischka, a 2012 United States Artists Friends Fellow, is one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. In his 40 plus years as a consummate banjo artist ...read more
Tony Trischka, a 2012 United States Artists Friends Fellow, is one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. In his 40 plus years as a consummate banjo artist, his stylings have inspired generations of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. His technical and conceptual advances opened the way for such players as Bela Fleck and Alison Brown and his recordings with them and others from the Allman Brothers to Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley and Pete Seeger are part of every banjo-lovers musical reference. Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular (Rounder) won several IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards including Banjo Player of the Year and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Territory (Smithsonian/Folkways) was named Best Americana Album at the Independent Music Awards. He recently produced Steve Martin’s Rare Bird Alert (Rounder), which features performances by Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks.
Tony is the musical director of the PBS documentary Give Me the Banjo. As one of the instrument's top teachers, he has created numerous instructional books, DVDs, CDs and the groundbreaking Tony Trischka School of Banjo that is the online banjo home for students from around the world. Tony continued to broaden the reach and influence of the banjo as performer and Music Director for the 2012 Shakespeare in the Park, NYC performances of “As You Like It”. Co-commissioned by Portland Ovations, Tony premiered the multi-media production of Tony Trischka: The Banjo Project, detailing the history of the instrument and the influences on his music.
Tony’s latest album is Great Big World on Rounder Records. With contributions from his band, Steve Martin, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and many other special guests, more remarkable music is on offer. Tony continues to maintain a national and international touring schedule with his band of extraordinary musicians.